We will be conducting a series of statewide listening sessions that are free and open to the public. The listening sessions are designed to hear from communities about what they perceive as their region’s economic strengths and identify the education opportunities that are most needed to capitalize on those strengths.
Working in partnership with the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, the University of North Carolina School of Government and EducationNC, the listening sessions will generate public ideas to complement the work of the myFutureNC Commission and provide recommendations to help guide the process. Participants in the listening session will include local education, business and political leaders, as well as current students and their parents. You can drop in at any time: We will share information on our work at 2:30 pm, meet in small groups for discussion at 3:00 pm, and host community conversations with local education thought leaders at 4:15 pm.
Full list of Listening Sessions
Typical Listening Tour Session Agenda — Participants are welcome to join for any or all segments, as personal schedules allow.
Listening Tour Schedule
Piedmont Triad – February 28
Local Focus: The community organization perspective: Winston McGregor (Guilford Ed Alliance)
Northwest – March 7
Local Focus: The community college perspective: Dr. Garrett Hinshaw (CVCC); Dr. Michael Helmick (WPCC); Dr. Mark Poarch CCC&TI; Deborah Murray (Caldwell Co EDC Director)
North-Central/Triangle – March 22
Local Focus: The HBCU perspective: Donald Barringer, NCCU
Northeast – April 19
Local Focus: The principals’ perspective
Sandhills – May 3
Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College (Pinehurst)
Local Focus: TBD
Southeast – May 16
Jacksonville City Hall (Jacksonville)
Local Focus: The military family perspective:
Southwest – June 14
Local Focus: Topic TBD
West – July 12
Local Focus: The native perspective: Dr. Beverly Payne and Yona Wade (Qualla Education Collaborative)
Return Visit, Piedmont Triad – July 18