First in Future: Mike Ward and Deanna Townsend-Smith

Summary: There is a pretty good consensus that online learning is better this fall than it was last spring for K-12 students. But there’s also a pretty good consensus that it is not going great, and everyone agrees that learning face-to-face would be better. One thought is to get students more 1-1 help. That’s the idea behind the North Carolina Education Corps, an effort just launched by the State Board of Education, designed to get hands-on assistance to struggling students.
This First in Future episode’s guests are, two people who are leading the thinking behind that effort. Mike Ward is the former state superintendent of public instruction and chair of the steering committee for the NC Education Corps. Deanna Townsend-Smith is director of operations and policy for the State Board of Education.


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