Listening Sessions

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.

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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

The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (NC A&T; Greensboro)

Local Focus: The community organization perspective: Winston McGregor (Guilford Ed Alliance)

Northwest – March 7

J.E. Broyhill Civic Center (Lenoir)

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

NC Rural Economic Development Center (Raleigh)

Local Focus: The HBCU perspective: Donald Barringer, NCCU

Northeast – April 19

Museum of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City)

Local Focus: The principals’ perspective: Michelle White (Region 1 Principal of the Year; D. F. Walker Elementary, Edenton-Chowan County); Laura Moreland (Perquimans County Middle School); Andrew Harris (Northeast Academy of Aerospace and Advanced Technology)

Sandhills – May 3

Owens Auditorium, Sandhills Community College (Pinehurst)

Local Focus:- The early childhood perspective: Pam Shue (Associate Superintendent of Early Education, NCDPI); Dr. Mellotta Hill (Executive Director of Elementary Education, Cumberland County Schools); Debra Dowless (Assistant Superintendent, Hoke County Schools); Kristen Guillory (Early Learning Advisor, Office of the Governor)

Southeast – May 16

Jacksonville City Hall (Jacksonville)

Local Focus-The military family perspective: Beth Rubin (Dean of Adult and Online Education, Campbell University); Lt. Commander Nicole Winget, J.D. (Campbell University); Robert Dickerson (Executive Vice President, Marine Federal Credit Union; Major General, USMC [ret]); Helen Gross (Onslow County Schools)

Southwest – June 14

Kannapolis City Hall

Local Focus: The K12-CC partnership perspective: Angelo Markantonakis (R-CCC); Daryle Adams (Kannapolis City Schools); Rusty Parker (Cabarrus County Schools)

West – July 12

Cherokee Central School (Qualla Boundary)

Local Focus: The native perspective: Dr. Beverly Payne (Assistant Superintendent, Cherokee Central School); Yona Wade (Director of PR, Development, and CJDCAC, Cherokee Central School); Joel Creasman, Principal, Central Cherokee Middle School); Dr. Deb Foerst (Principal, Central Cherokee High School); Dan Martin (Cherokee Preservation Foundation); Dr. Mike Murray (Superintendent, Cherokee Central School)

Return Visit, Piedmont Triad – July 18

Randolph Community College Continuing Education and Industrial Center (Asheboro)

Bringing it all together: the PreK-K12-CC-IHE continuum: Dr. Robert Shackleford (President, Randolph Community College); Dr. Dana Dunn (Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UNCG); Dr. Angela Kern (Associate Professor of Elementary Education, Pfeiffer University); Dr. Terry Worrell (Superintendent, Asheboro City Schools); Dr. Catherine Berry (Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Randolph County School System); Holly White (Early Childhood Development Center Director, Asheboro City Schools); Rick Powell (President, PEMMCO Manufacturing)