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PCS Partners with ECU
Posted on 09/21/2017
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PCS partners with ECU, Panasonic Foundation


Pender County Schools is excited to announce its involvement in a partnership program with the Panasonic Foundation, the East Carolina University’s College of Education and three other rural school districts in North Carolina. The purpose of this partnership, FORCE: Focusing on Rural Challenges in Education, is to improve equity and close achievement gaps.


Through this partnership program, the Panasonic Foundation will provide coaching support as well as funds to travel to national partnership conferences. ECU will provide local coaching and professional development opportunities.


“As a small, rural district, our needs are unique and funds for professional development are limited,” said Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent of Pender County Schools. “Through this partnership with the ECU College of Education and the Panasonic Foundation, our teachers will have the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the profession and grow as national educational leaders right here in our Pender County classrooms. This is a ground-breaking initiative in our area and I believe it has the potential to positively impact all of the districts involved.”


District staff have been heavily involved with ECU developing a plan for the partnership for nearly a year. 


“Dr. Cobb and other district staff have been working for many months to make this partnership possible,” said Karen Rouse, Chairperson of the Pender County Board of Education. “We appreciate their hard work and are grateful for this exciting opportunity to collaborate with ECU and Panasonic.”


The Panasonic Foundation works with public school districts and their communities nationwide to break the links between race, poverty and educational outcomes by improving the academic and social success of all students.


“These types of partnerships (schools, universities, and business foundations) are unique,” said Matt Militello, program coordinator and Wells Fargo Endowed Chair of Educational Leadership at ECU. “We are happy to be on the cutting edge of changing the paradigms and models that will ultimately support district needs in order to improve student achievement.”


The partnership also involves Duplin, Jones and Sampson counties.