Author Archives: Tim Markley

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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No Summer Slide by Cynthia Shields, Language Arts Supervisor, NHCS

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 … Continue reading

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Virgo: What’s Next?

Most of you are aware by now that our application for a charter school at D.C. Virgo has been denied. While I am disappointed, I do not see this as the end of our efforts. I believe the plan we … Continue reading

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Board Amends Tenure Policy to Improve Teacher Performance by Dr. Tim Markley

A recent news headline states that New Hanover County Schools has adopted a new teacher evaluation system; however, this is not quite accurate. We are not creating a new evaluation process, but are currently in our second year of using … Continue reading

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A Must-Read Message to Parents from Ron Clark

Many of you are already familiar with the nationally-reknown educator Ron Clark. In case you are not, Ron Clark began as a teacher in Aurora, North Carolina and left four years later to teach at an inner-city school in Harlem. Clark’s … Continue reading

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