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Monday, April 21, 2013
- Legislative Committee: Teacher Pay--Kelly McCullen sits in on the final report of the Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force that suggested short term and long term goals. The task force is charged with making recommendations to the legislature about statewide teacher pay models that would attract and retain highly effective teachers and could include merit pay and/or incentive pay for teachers to move to hard to staff schools. But questions remain as to which teachers--newer or seasoned--would be receiving pay raises. (Wake Co.)
- Blind Drummer--Jeff Smith introduces us to Shannon Williams, a drummer in Charlotte who has perfected his craft by sense and sound instead of sight. Shannon was born blind but that did not stop him from developing his musical techniques and now teaching others. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- Newsmaker: James Ford/2014 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year--Mr. Ford is a World History teacher at Garinger High School (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools) and is currently a Professional Learning Community leader and co-leader of the F.R.E.S.H. Peer Mentorship Program at Garinger High. He also helps to conduct schoolwide professional development on wiki pages and he conducted professional development in the Common Core State Standards for all World History teachers in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In addition, Ford served on the Common Core State Standards World History Curriculum Writing Team and is co-chair of the annual Garinger Cultural Fair.
Tuesday, April 22, 2013
- Legislative Committee: Honest Lottery Act--Kelly McCullen attends a meeting of the North Carolina Lottery Oversight Committee where State House Speaker Paul Stam accuses the NC Education Lottery of misleading advertising regarding odds and jackpots. He is a lottery opponent and believes accurate advertising, as he sees it, will lessen gambling addiction. Speaker Stam introduced the "Honest Lottery Act" that passed the House easily during the 2013 legislative session but hasn't been considered by the Senate. Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the North Carolina Education Lottery Alice Garland says the organization is doing its job well as the lottery brings millions of dollars in revenue to the state. Kelly presents the pros and the cons of the Honest Lottery Debate. (Wake Co.)
- Newsmaker: Oluwaseun "Seun" Summers/"American Promise"--Mr. Summers stops by to talk about "American Promise," is an intimate and provocative documentary, recorded over 12 years, of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys who entered a very prestigious--and historically white--private school on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The Dalton School had made a commitment to recruit students of color, and five-year-old best friends Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun (Seun) Summers of Brooklyn were two of the gifted children who were admitted. The boys were placed in a demanding environment that provided new opportunities and challenges, if little reflection of their cultural identities.
Wednesday, April 23, 2013
- North Carolina Science NOW Series: Wondering about the Weather--Frank Graff continues his exploring ways by finding the answer to a question almost everyone is asking: 'What's going on with the weather?" He takes us to the folks who know at NOAA's National Climate Data Center in Asheville, where they study weather patters and can tell us if the weird winter weather was really that unusual after all. (Buncombe Co.)
- Legislative Committee: Electric Grid--Kelly McCullen visits the Joint Legislative Emergency Management Oversight Committee meeting as legislators are being briefed on strategies to protect our communications and electrical grids. The vast network that supplies electricity to North America is known as "The Grid" in which North Carolina power companies are part of the large network that supplies energy to North America known as "The Grid." They are constantly studying ways to protect our grid from damage caused by natural - or human - caused disasters. Kelly also has a conversation with Representative Jason Saine of Lincoln County about the issue. (Wake Co.)
- Newsmaker: Arthur Bogin Ph.D./Research Curator of Aquatic Invertebrates, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences--Dr. Bogan is the Research Curator of Aquatic Invertebrates for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. He is an adjunct professor in the Department of Zoology and the Veterinary School at North Carolina State University and in the Geology Department at University of North Dakota. His research focuses on understanding freshwater mussels and snails—specifically how to tell them apart, and how they evolved.
Thursday, April 24, 2013
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Series: Youth and 4-H--Donna Campbell continues her series celebrating the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. This time she focuses on the impact of 4-H on youth. Although 4-H continues to hold on to its agricultural roots, the organization is also adapting to train youngsters in the STEM academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (Wilson Co.)
- Sea Life Aquarium--Jeff Smith travels to visit a North Carolina aquarium but it's not near the coast. The newest Sea Life Aquarium is located at the most visited tourist location in the state--Concord Mills Shopping Center in Concord. The aquarium's purpose isn't just for patrons to peek at various types of aquatic life but it also wants to teach conservation and the delicate balance of the waterways and oceans on earth with the message of "Breed, Rescue and Protect." (Cabarrus Co.)
- Newsmaker: Joseph Bathanti//North Carolina Poet Laureate--Appalachian State University creative writing professor Joseph Bathanti of Vilas is the seventh North Carolina Poet Laureate. State poet laureates serve as ambassadors of North Carolina literature past and present and for all North Carolina writers — especially living writers. During their term, they seek to raise appreciation of the reading and writing of poetry throughout the state. He is an award-winning poet and novelist who focuses on social causes. April is National Poetry Month, a month-long, national celebration of poetry established by the Academy of American Poets and during the month Mr. Bathanti is conducting readings, discussions and signings so that North Carolina residents can learn and enjoy poetry.
Friday, April 25, 2013
- Covington Spirits--Katherine Johnson takes us to Snow Hill, North Carolina, home of Covington Spirits. The company produces a unique Vodka that isn't made from grains or regular potatoes--but "sweet" potatoes. The vodka brand has already received several awards, including a gold medal in the San Francisco International Spirits Competition. (Greene Co.)
- Piedmont Distillers--David Huppert visits Madison-based Piedmont Distillers, which specializes in producing small batch, hand-crafted, artisanal moonshine. The company partnered with Junior Johnson in 2007 and the legal liquor is available in all 50 states. (Rockingham Co.)
- North Carolina Bookwatch Excerpt: Tommy Hays/Author, "What I Came to Tell You"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin has a conversation with author and Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and Lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts program at UNC Asheville Tommy Hays about his latest book "What I Came to Tell You." The story centers around 12-year-old Grover Johnston (named after a character in Thomas Wolfe's Look Homeward Angel) who is dealing with the death of his mother while watching his father throw himself into his work rather than dealing with the pain. Grover finds solace in creating intricate weavings out of the natural materials found in the bamboo forest behind his Asheville home, a pursuit that his father sees only as a waste of time. Grover also receives comfort through a mountain family who has moved nearby.