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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

  • Teaching Strategies

    Optimizing Station Rotations in Blended Learning

    Using three stations effectively—teacher-led, online, and offline—should provide your students with plenty of ways to collaborate.
  • Education Equity

    Meeting the Challenge of Twice Exceptional Students

    Gifted students who also have disabilities can slip through the cracks of the education system, prompting some states and districts to formulate new policies.
  • Brain-Based Learning

    Why Boredom Often Beats Screen Time

    Teaching the nuances of when and how to use technology—and leaving room for boredom—can be invaluable, says journalist Manoush Zomorodi.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    A Simple Practice Yields Big Results in Middle School for Less Than $2

    A new study shows how a low-cost writing exercise improves the sense of belonging for incoming middle school students.
  • 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.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Teaching Students How to Ask Productive Questions

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

    Writing as a Tool for Reflection

    Teachers can find a path to self-improvement by writing for just 10 minutes about key moments from their day.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.