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: 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
Local Focus: The K12-CC partnership perspective: Angelo Markantonakis (R-CCC); Daryle Adams (Kannapolis City Schools); Rusty Parker (Cabarrus County Schools)
West – July 12
Local Focus: The native perspective: Dr. Beverly Payne and Yona Wade (Qualla Education Collaborative)
Return Visit, Piedmont Triad – July 18