Next month policymakers and opinion-shapers from around the country will gather at N.C. State University to discuss "Teachers and the Great Economic Debate."
Each year since 1986, the university has convened a forum on "big issues that affect North Carolina's growth and prosperity." Recent topics have included health care, manufacturing and "investing in Generation Z."
This year the Institute for Emerging Issues is zeroing in on teachers: How they're treated, how they're paid and how well they inspire learning, around the globe and here at home.
|Ron Clark and students|
The forum is Feb. 10 and 11. Registration costs $400 ($275 for higher education, nonprofit and government representatives), which puts it outside the reach of many teachers. The Belk Foundation is addressing that by footing the bill for 150 teachers from around the state. There's also an option to watch online; staffers say last year's forum drew about 1,000 in-person participants and 1,200 online viewers.