Author Archives: Tim Markley

When Education Becomes a Political Football

One of my functions as a superintendent is to take directives from state legislators and the Department of Public Instruction and turn it into action at the local level. I have to clarify the often unexplainable and make sense of … Continue reading

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Welcome Back!

This is one of my favorite times of year, getting ready for a new school year. This week, our teachers return, with the students to follow a week later. There is a lot of anticipation about what will happen in … Continue reading

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No Summer Slide by Cynthia Shields, NHCS Language Arts Supervisor

Reprint  June  2012 It’s summer and the Ceratopogonidae are here! What’s that? You can’t see them? Well, that’s because they are no-see-ums! As much as we love summer, we don’t like those annoying pests. We also don’t like another summer phenomenon: the loss of … Continue reading

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An Open Letter from Superintendents on New Education Legislation

This article was written collaboratively by superintendents of the state’s largest public school districts. The goal of our public schools is to make sure that each child is prepared for career, college or the military – and a rich, productive … Continue reading

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The Rest of the Story: Understanding the Numbers

   A wise friend once told me never to pick fights with people who buy their ink by the barrel. I have generally lived by this and do not respond to media articles. The Star News article on the achievement … Continue reading

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Public Education Under Assault by Dr. Tim Markley

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education.” – John F. Kennedy Horace Mann, the great American educator, wrote that “education, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the … Continue reading

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The Principal’s Role in Transforming Education

No position in education has been transformed more over the last two decades than that of a school principal. The role has transitioned from being a building manager, to being an instructional leader. A former mentor of mine, who is … Continue reading

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The Importance of Effective Communication and What It Means for NHCS

by Valita S. Quattlebaum, APR Chief Communications Officer Effective communication is critical to the success of New Hanover County Schools. In today’s economic climate, it has never been more important for us to tell the story of public education. NHCS … Continue reading

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Remembrances of a Great Librarian

I had the pleasure of attending the library dedication at Noble Elementary School this week. The library is being renamed in honor of Mrs. Annette Hall who served there for over two decades. I did not get to know Mrs. … Continue reading

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It’s Not the Same Old Teaching Job

When I began my career in School Administration, I always wanted to make sure that I never lost the connection to the classroom and teaching. One way I keep that connection is by constantly visiting classrooms. Another way that I … Continue reading

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