The Belk Foundation held its annual Board of Directors Retreat on February 23 and 24, 2022, with content sessions open virtually to invited partners and stakeholders. There was great learning that produced continued evidence on the work to be done around our mission, and two focus areas: excellent teachers and leaders and K-3 literacy. The … Continue reading February 2022 Board Retreat Sessions: Key Takeaways and Recordings
Education Commission of the States is pleased to honor The Belk Foundation with the 2022 Corporate Award, in recognition of its years-long and multi-pronged contributions to early literacy instruction and educator training in the state of North Carolina. The foundation, which supports K-3 achievement, began its focus on third-grade reading proficiency in 2013. Third grade … Continue reading Belk Foundation, 2022 Recipient of the ECS Corporate Award
The Belk Foundation would like to share a few insights on its investment of the NC Human Capital Roundtable, facilitated with the help of the Southern Regional Education Board. We believe that the teaching profession faces significant challenges in terms of a reduced pipeline with serious retention issues, especially in the early years. The profession continues to be majority … Continue reading The Belk Foundation Statement on Teacher Pathways
The Belk Foundation announced the selection of Jevelyn Bonner-Reed, as its next executive director to lead the foundation’s investments in public education in North Carolina. Bonner-Reed succeeds inaugural executive director Johanna Anderson and will build upon progress in early literacy and excellent teaching and leadership.
Dean, Cato College of Education at UNC Charlotte
Dr. Malcolm B. Butler is Professor and Dean of the Cato College of Education at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
In 2018, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools launched the CMS Teaching Residency to test the concept of a school district serving as an authorized teacher licensing entity. Now a formal talent strategy, over 400 teacher candidates have completed the program.
In this Campaign for Grade Level Reading Learning Tuesday webinar, Belk Foundation Executive Director Johanna Anderson and Barksdale Reading Institute CEO Kelly Butler discuss The Path Forward initiative to improve teacher training on reading instruction.
The Belk Foundation Feedback Survey
Summary of Survey and Interview Responses from Grantee Partners and Community Leaders
“Students in high-poverty schools are about half as likely to have access to highly effective teachers, compared to students in low-poverty schools,” said Johanna Anderson, executive director of The Belk Foundation, at a recent convening of their board of directors and education stakeholders.
Deputy State Superintendent of the Office of Educational Equity, NC Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Catherine Edmonds is a North Carolina education rockstar, with 30 years of experience in public education.