North Carolina’s New Approach to Teacher Recruitment

The new North Carolina Teaching Fellows program is due to officially launch this month – and it’s a big deal. It’s an exciting opportunity for future teachers, for the students they will serve, and for North Carolina. read more

November 8, 2017 / by / Category : Blog

Statement from BEST NC on Principal Pay

Cary, NC - This year, North Carolina made the largest investment in state history in principal salaries through an updated salary schedule and bonus opportunities. The impetus was an average principal salary ranking at the bottom of the Southeast and among the lowest in the nation and increasing recognition that that North Carolina’s way of paying principals was outdated and convoluted. read more

October 11, 2017 / by / Category : Blog, In the News, Media Releases

Raising and Transforming Principal Pay: North Carolina Leading the Nation

Amid a flurry of budget negotiations, a gubernatorial veto and the subsequent legislative veto override this summer, it’s been easy to get caught up in the partisan analysis of North Carolina’s latest $22B state budget. Like any budget – or any 438-page document, for that matter – it is a complex list of competing priorities, with parts both to like and to criticize. read more

July 17, 2017 / by / Category : Blog, In the News, Op-Eds

Shamrock Gardens Elementary School: A Blueprint for Educator Innovation

May 2017, By Brenda Berg, CEO, BEST NC. For several years, a primary focus of BEST NC’s student-focused advocacy work has been around the importance of having strong, well-supported educators in every classroom from; pre-K to higher education. Without great educators, anything else we advocate for is unlikely to work. That’s why we developed our primary advocacy priority, which we call Educator Innovation. read more

July 12, 2017 / by / Category : Blog, In the News

We Pay Principals the Wrong Way in NC

As a business leader, I know the value of great leadership on my executive teams, and in our public schools. That’s why a top priority for me as a member of BEST NC has been to encourage substantial and sustained investments in principal compensation. Investing in our principals is a fundamental principle of investing in our schools and our children. read more

May 29, 2017 / by / Category : Blog, In the News, Op-Eds

Don Flow: Time to pay school principals as executives- Triangle Business Journal

Over the past few years, North Carolina teachers have seen significant pay increases. Signals from Gov. Roy Coo per and last wee k 's Senate budget proposal indicate that the next few years will see even more increases. This commitment by our legislative leaders is extremely important for the future of our state. read more

May 19, 2017 / by / Category : Blog, In the News, Op-Eds

Sandy Grove Middle School: Heading North, B-Bound

In my experience, this sentence is usually closely followed by, “but it’s too good to be true.” Whether it’s the diet fad that didn’t help you lose those five pounds fast, or that new movie that got rave reviews but didn’t make any sense to you, that old adage is somehow true more often than not. read more

May 8, 2017 / by / Category : Blog, Op-Eds

(Not) Taking Sides: Civil Discourse with Michelle Rhee and George Parker

Are you frustrated about how polarized our country has become? I certainly hear it on the news and in the voting trends; people are discouraged by the inability of our society, particularly our politicians, to find common ground and work together. read more

February 17, 2017 / by / Category : Blog

Investing in education is the right move for the legislature- Winston-Salem Journal- Allen E. Gant Jr.

Education transformation in North Carolina depends on our ability to attract and retain the best and brightest teachers and school leaders. That’s why we commend our elected leadership for its bold commitments to raise teacher pay. read more

May 28, 2016 / by / Category : Blog, In the News, Op-Eds

We need to prioritize principals in 2016 state budget- Walter McDowell

As a business leader, I know the value of great leadership on my executive teams, and in our public schools. That’s why a top priority for me as a member of BEST NC has been to encourage substantial and sustained investments in principal compensation. Investing in our principals is a fundamental principle of investing in our schools and our children. read more

April 22, 2016 / by / Category : Blog, In the News, Op-Eds