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The Decision to Handle Rejection

The Decision to Handle Rejection

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

The Big Idea: Endurance is the key to achieving challenging goals in life.“Man’s rejection can be God’s direction.  God sometimes uses the rejection of hateful people to move us to a new place or assignment–where we wouldn’t have thought of going on our own.  

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How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life.

While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts. 

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Fatherhoodlum – A Story of Prison, Drugs, and One Man’s Commitment to Overcome His Past

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Noted author Michael B. Jackson

Noted author Michael B. Jackson has released his first fiction novel...

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NCDOT Introduces the Office of Education Initiatives

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 13:07.

Raleigh-- The North Carolina Department of Transportation has launched an innovative office designed to promote and engage students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. The Office of Education Initiatives works to advance a wide range of programs and activities with K-12, college and post graduate level students in an effort to develop a talented workforce to meet North Carolina’s future transportation demands. “Many students are not aware of the various careers available to them in the transportation industry,” said Director Ashley Goolsby. “With this new office, we hope to provide students with real-world, hands-on experiences that will get them thinking about careers in STEM fields, specifically engineering.”   She adds, “In everything we provide for our students whether it is through an internship or job shadowing opportunities, we want to engage those students as early as possible and get them interested in possible career paths with the Department of Transportation.”

What’s In A Name? Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression

Written by Peter Grear on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:13.

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: Last week the North Carolina Alliance of Black Elected Officials (The Alliance) presented a panel discussion on the state of voter suppression in North Carolina.  The Alliance and its supporters is an audience critical to the success of the Campaign to Defeat Voter Suppression.  I was privileged to have had the opportunity to design the presentation, select the panelist and to serve as a panelist.  Our presentation was well attended and probably the majority in attendance was Black Elected Officials. Judging by the evaluations and responses, I think that the presentation was a great success on at least two different fronts.  Firstly, the panelist and audience were able to define our voter suppression problems and challenges in an open forum with people that are quite familiar with the issues.  Secondly, we were able to offer and receive ideas on a way forward, again, with people that are community and political leaders and familiar with community dynamics and mobilization.

NAACP to Host 2014 Daisy Bates Education Institute in Ft. Lauderdale

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:05.

 
Day-long event will examine the future of education equality on the eve of the 60thAnniversary of Brown v. Board of Education: On Wednesday, May 14, just days before the official anniversary of  the historic decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the NAACP will host a summit that examines the current state of education equality, including grade level reading, the school to prison pipeline and common core. Charles J. Ogletree, the Jesse Climenko Professor at Harvard Law, will deliver the keynote address and David J. Johns, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will discuss methods to improve the educational achievement of African Americans. The summit will also feature a town hall event examining the future of education with distinguished panelists including Professor Ogletree; Ernest Green, a member of the Little Rock Nine; Robert Runcie, Fort Lauderdale Superintendent of Schools; Dr. John Jackson, President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education; Judith Browne Dianis, Co-Director of The Advancement Project; and the NAACP National Education Chair, Adora Obi Nweze.  
 

License to Give Trust Fund Commission Awards $128,500 in Grant Funding

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 01 May 2014 10:03.

Grants to be Used to Increase Organ Donation and Advance Care Planning Education: The License to Give Trust Fund Commission has announced the completion of its 14th grant cycle and awarded grants-in-aid to three North Carolina non-profits: NC Medical Society Foundation of Raleigh, Total Christian Ministries of Greenville and Mount Airy High School Interact Club of Mount Airy. “These grants will be used to encourage more North Carolinians to register as organ donors through the NC Division of Motor Vehicles or online atDonateLifeNC.org, and to educate North Carolinians about Advance Care Planning,” said Chairman Dennis Meyers. “The ultimate goal of these organizations’ efforts is to save the lives of more North Carolinians who are waiting for an organ, eye or tissue transplant.

North Carolina Award Nominations Deadline Approaching Fast

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 16:44.

-Applications Must Be Received by May 15, 2014-   

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 North Carolina Awards, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state and awarded by the governor, through May 15. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the award recognizes "notable accomplishments by North Carolina citizens" in the fields of literature, science, fine arts and public service.

State Requirements for Teacher Evaluation Policies Promoted by Race to the Top

Written by Featured Organization on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 16:25.

This brief describes the extent to which states required teacher evaluation policies aligned with the Race to the Top (RTT) initiative as of spring 2012. Although teacher evaluation policies appear to be rapidly evolving, documenting policy requirements in the early years of RTT implementation can help inform policymakers about the pace of policy innovation nationally. This brief examines the presence of state-level requirements for certain practices but not the actual district- or school-level implementation of such practices. Key findings, based on interviews with administrators from 49 states and the District of Columbia (12 Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 7 Round 3 RTT states, and 31 non-RTT states), include the following:

  • States, on average, reported requiring less than half of eight teacher evaluation policies aligned with RTT priorities, although the number of policies required by RTT states was higher than non-RTT states (3.7 policies for Round 1 and 2 RTT states, 3.6 for Round 3 RTT states, and 2.2 for non-RTT states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were most aligned with RTT priorities focused on using multiple measures to evaluate teacher performance (30 states); using multiple rating categories to classify teacher performance (31 states); and conducting annual evaluations (25 states).
  • States' reported teacher evaluation policies were least aligned with RTT priorities focused on using evaluation results to inform decisions regarding career advancement (1 state) and compensation (6 states for annual salary increases, and 5 states for performance-based compensation).

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