Durham Public Schools in North Carolina has opened five school-based health clinics to support the whole child. The clinics -- located in five elementary schools -- offer services, including checkups, vaccinations and screenings for hearing, vision, disabilities and depression to district students up to age 18 and their siblings.
Durham (N.C.) Technical Community College has seen retention rates increase since establishing a special course for beginning students. First Year Experience guides students through college culture, curriculum and career options, and teaches study habits and personal improvement.
Through the Durham YouthWork Internship Program in North Carolina, high-school students are taking what they've learned in the classroom and applying it to real-world job assignments, such as those offered by Sensus, a company that provides smart electric, water and natural gas meters. Dan Pinney, Sensus' director of engineering for water, gas and street light products, said the program not only inspires students to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and math, but also helps build the pool of potential employees for the future.
Some are crediting a Durham, N.C., teacher's speech about the effect of education budget cuts as making an impact on lawmakers tasked with writing the state's budget. Gina Frutig, who spoke before lawmakers last week, described her experience as a teacher, single mother and recently laid-off teacher. Some lawmakers said Frutig put a face to their budget decisions and made them determined to preserve money in the budget to save teachers' jobs.
Durham, N.C., teachers are invited to participate in the Take One! program during their third year of teaching. The program allows teachers to complete some of the work they must do to become a National Board Certified Teacher. Educators who participate receive a support network, and the district hopes to have 100 teachers complete Take One! projects this school year, officials said. The district seeks to increase the percentage of National Board Certified Teachers in the district from 8.5% to 10%.