KENANSVILLE, N.C. — State education leaders are looking to Duplin County for some educational innovation inspiration.
On Wednesday, N.C. schools superintendent June Atkinson, along with business leaders visited Duplin Early College High School. The school has about 150 students and offers a 13th grade where graduating "super seniors" receive an associates degree.
Superintendent Atkinson said it is important to prepare students for whatever it is they will do after graduation.
"We prepare students for jobs of the present and the future and in order for us to prepare people for jobs of the future we have to have a close working relationship with business and industry," said Atkinson.
Students at the school lead 80 percent of the class room activities and super-senior Luis Arellano said that is what he likes about it.
"It's not you just sit and read and write. I like that we actually get to do the stuff the majority of the time. you're working in teams and you're having that good communication skills that you need in order to be successful," said Arellano.
Felicia Brown, principal at DECHS, wants Atkinson and the other visitors to help spread this type of teaching.
"I hope that they see the engagement of the students and the passion the students have about their school and the passion they have about what they're doing and as they see these things I hope they share that with administrators, teachers, students across the state," said Brown.
The state school board is planning is planning 6 other trips like this in the state this fall.