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The North Star: MDC's Blog

01.27.2017 by
Game designers have a vested interest in all of the players; given the degree to which daily life is more complex than gaming, we should expect that... read more
01.18.2017 by Anna Shelton-Ormond
In mid-December, we traveled to Fayetteville: a mid-sized city in the Sandhills of North Carolina with strong higher education institutions and a... read more
01.09.2017 by Elsa Mota
What do you call a recent college graduate who can go from conducting policy research on early childhood education to facilitating a presentation on... read more
12.16.2016 by Abby Parcell
Monroe is a growing city, part of Union County (which has a significant rural population), on the edge of the Charlotte metropolis. Wilkes is a rural... read more
12.09.2016 by
Conceptions of the American Dream often frame upward mobility as an ideal best accomplished through individual effort and perseverance. However,... read more
11.30.2016 by Anna Shelton-Ormond
In mid-November, two MDC staff members had the privilege of traveling to the eastern part of the state to hold two of these work sessions: one in... read more
11.16.2016 by Elsa Mota
This year’s election highlighted the growing impact Latinos are having on the South. And there’s a reason for that: the highest rates of increase in... read more
11.15.2016 by Richard E. Hart
When kindergarten teacher Ada Goren first attended a Power of K professional development session, she felt a profound sense of purpose. “It was like... read more
11.15.2016 by Abby Parcell
At the end of October, teams from four Southern cities came to Durham to form the Network for Southern Economic Mobility. As individuals and in... read more
11.11.2016 by
In August, we welcomed Elsa Mota, the 2016-2017 Autry Fellow, to the MDC Family.  Welcome, Elsa!Elsa was born and raised in Miami, Fla., and is of... read more