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Laura Lee

Laura Lee

Laura Lee is an editor and writer. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies. She worked as an educator with a civic education organization and then as a program administrator for two Fulbright grant programs.

She received her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007. Laura briefly strayed from her Tar Heel allegiance in 2011 to obtain a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland where she was an Eleanor Merrill Fellow. She worked at NPR producing content for the Washington desk, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. As assistant news director and then managing editor at WUNC North Carolina Public Radio, she oversaw production of a live daily show, The State of Things. She was the content director and managing editor for EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research.

Posts

  • Technology Integration

    A Litmus Test for Making Tech More Inclusive

    A once-shy student is now a teacher working to make sure all students, even those who are quiet by nature, feel productive and included.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Simple Ways to Integrate Four Evidence-Based Teaching Strategies

    Jennifer Gonzalez talks with a researcher and a teacher to tackle the science—and the logistics—behind teaching strategies like spaced practice and interleaving.
  • Curriculum Planning

    Computational Thinking is Critical Thinking—and Belongs in Every Subject

    Identifying patterns and groupings is a useful way of thinking not just for computer scientists but for students in all fields.
  • Curriculum Planning

    Evidence-Based Scheduling With Daniel Pink

    The best-selling author explains why the order of the school day should look different for elementary and high school students.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Teaching Students How to Ask Productive Questions

    Improve engagement, comprehension, and critical thinking by teaching students the process of asking insightful questions.
  • STEM

    The Best (Free) Posters of STEM Women

    Our periodically updated list of beautiful, free posters—along with a few good reasons why you should display them in your classroom.
  • Classroom Management

    Managing Your High School Classroom with Compassion

    High school teacher Grace Dearborn says students don’t all respond to consequences in the same way, so teachers need a full toolbox of options.
  • Curriculum Planning

    Creating a Student-Run Museum in Your Classroom

    Letting students establish a museum exhibit with everyday items offers an opportunity to sharpen their storytelling skills.
  • Character Education

    The Benefits of Teaching Ethical Dilemmas

    Teaching ethics can not only help students become better decision-makers, but it can also help develop crucial academic and social and emotional competencies.
  • Student Engagement

    Listening to Students Is a Key to Finding Their Purpose

    A student’s far-fetched career choice leads a teacher to greater understanding of the ‘why’ behind it.
  • Growth Mindset

    An Entrepreneurial Mindset Beats Coding Skills

    Computer coding may be valuable in the current marketplace, but for long-term success, students need to develop entrepreneurial mindsets. 
  • Professional Development

    For Teachers, Risking Failure to Improve Practice

    One teacher insists that failure isn’t an endpoint; it’s an opportunity for learning and improvement.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Teaming Up With Researchers To Improve Classroom Practice

    A researcher helps a math teacher devise new ways to increase retention—and student engagement.
  • Professional Development

    Can 360-Degree Feedback Empower Students and Teachers?

    Student-teacher professional development can not only improve practices but also build trust and strengthen relationships.