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Paola Sztajn

Oct 18, 2023

The News-Gazette: Short on Teachers, Not on Long-term Solutions

To solve a teacher shortage crisis that has affected public schools at all levels, in all states, it will take much more than a paycheck, experts say. For potential solutions, The (Illinois) News-Gazette Editor Jeff D'Alessio convened a panel of 21 deans of highly ranked schools of education across the nation, including NC State College of Education Dean Paola Sztjan. 

a teacher in North Carolina

Oct 16, 2023

Dean Sztajn in The N&O: The Value of Teachers

The verb “to value” is often defined in two ways: to estimate the monetary worth, or to consider someone or something to be important or beneficial. Recent discussions about teacher pay, and the recent release of the North Carolina state budget, have focused our attention on the first definition of value when talking about teachers. But there is the second definition of value, and we need to give it more attention when considering the worth and importance of teachers. 

Bill Cowher

Oct 5, 2023

Bill Cowher ’79 Comes Home for Ring of Honor Induction 

Bill Cowher ’79, Super Bowl-winning coach and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, became the 12th member of NC State’s Ring of Honor last weekend. Completing a degree in education was just as important to his post-playing career as his time on the NC State football field. “Coaching is teaching,” he said. “I learned so much from . . . my time in the College of Education. The 4 1/2 years I spent here shaped everything that followed.” 

Shannon Carney receiving the 2023 North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Student Teacher of the Year Award.

Oct 3, 2023

Shannon Carney ’23 Named 2023 North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Student Teacher of the Year

Shannon Carney '23, a recent graduate of the NC State College of Education’s mathematics education program, has been named the North Carolina Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Student Teacher of the Year. 

Bill Cowher at NC State football game

Oct 2, 2023

N&O: NC State Football Inducts ‘Very Humbled’ Bill Cowher ’79 into Wolfpack Ring of Honor

Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Cower '79 credited the the NC State College of Education for much of his on-field success as a coach. “I always said before, coaching is teaching,” Cowher said. “I learned so much being here through that. My time here — the four and a half years I spent here — were very, very instrumental in my upbringing.” 

Director of the LGBTQ Pride Center, Charla Blumell, leans on desk and smiles in front the Pride Center's etched glass.

Sep 28, 2023

Creating Spaces and Places Where We Grow

Charla Blumell '15EDD leads the LGBTQ Pride Center through a holistic health lens, ensuring wellness is a priority for all in the community space. 

Bill Cowher

Sep 28, 2023

NC State Athletics to Honor Former Pittsburgh Steelers Coach Bill Cowher ’79 during Educator Appreciation Football Game

Bill Cowher '79, the only former Wolfpack football player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will have his name added to the Carter-Finley Stadium Ring of Honor, which recognizes accomplished players from the football program, during Friday night’s home game against Louisville. 

Sep 27, 2023

#WhyIChoseEducation: ‘Being Able to Apply Knowledge is Actually a Pillar of My Life,’ Says Mike Ferrell ’11

Mike Ferrell '11 runs a company, Ferrell 27 Creative Media, that provides virtual web production, as well as video production, graphic design and other services, for companies such as Nike, Harley Davidson, General Mills and Boeing. It's a multifaceted role and he attributes his success in it to the multifaceted degree he earned in the NC State College of Education. 

Jazhar Fields

Sep 25, 2023

N&O: An Evening with Students of Today Offers Hope for the Teaching Profession of Tomorrow

Last Monday, the day after U.S. Constitution Day, N.C. State University College of Education students taught us about time. How it’s time we listen. How it’s not time to give up. How it’s time we learn — and believe in — the newest generation of adults. 

Gen Z on Teaching Profession

Sep 7, 2023

College of Education, The N&O to Host Event on the State of Teaching Profession Sept. 18

Join the College of Education and The (Raleigh) News & Observer for a candid conversation with future teachers about the state of the teaching profession on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Talley Student Union.