This month, Pam Baldwin began work as the superintendent of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. Staff writer Ashton Eleazer sat down with Baldwin to ask her a few questions.
The Daily Tar Heel: What are some of your plans to improve the school system?
Pam Baldwin: First, to listen and to figure out what those plans are. We have some great initiatives already in play — one includes our equity plan, one includes a different way to go about the budget process. I think I will take time to listen to the new initiatives that are already happening and working and capitalize on those great efforts.
DTH: What are solutions you have seen work in the three schools you have been been a part of?
PB: Things like watching your time in the classroom when it relates to discipline, when it relates to students being engaged with a core teacher. Some students are in with their English teacher the whole period, and some that may get pulled out for enrichment and reading or remediation, that kind of stuff. Research says that students do much better if students stay during the core instruction and are not pulled out during that time. So, are we making sure students have the right amount of minutes during core instruction?