PENC will be hosting it's 2017 Annual Conference, "Leading & Empowering Everyday Heroes" on May 20, 2017 in Raleigh at Hilton Garden Inn - Crabtree Valley. 

Registration has closed. We are excited to see you Saturday, May 20th in Raleigh!

Rate Schedule:

  PENC Member Non-Member
Early Bird (ended March 1st) $20 $30
Regular Rates $30 $50

Join PENC or renew your membership HERE prior to registration to receive member pricing.

Conference Agenda

Click HERE for the conference agenda. Please note the agenda is subject to change.

Main Program: Whole Brain Teaching (0.5 CEU Credits)

Whole Brain Teaching rests upon the principle that teachers at every level share the same difficulties: students lack discipline, background knowledge and problem solving skills. From kindergarten to college, instructors face pupils who have difficulty with reading and writing. Nonetheless, our students respond to challenges, enjoy well-designed learning games, and can make, in the proper setting, astonishing educational progress.

WBT's goal is to create peaceful classrooms full of orderly fun. Tens of thousands of educators around the world believe we're on the right track. To learn more, visit

Andre Deshotel, who will be presenting WBT, is a Middle School Science Teacher from Louisiana. He began using Whole Brain Teaching in his classroom in 2012 and went on to complete the Whole Brain Teaching certification process and join the Executive Board in 2014. He now serves as the Southern Regional Coordinator for Whole Brain Teaching. Mr. Deshotel is married and has a one year old daughter named Rosaline Mae.

Keynote Speaker: Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks is currently the principal at Liberty Elementary School in Lexington, Kentucky. He has been a school administrator for the past 15 years. His experiences have presented him with the opportunity to create humorous videos that are posted on his Facebook and YouTube pages. He is currently followed on these social media sites by over 375,000 people. We are very excited to have him speak at our 2017 Annual Conference and feel confident he will be an entertainment highlight!

Hotel Accommodations:

PENC has reserved a block of rooms at Hilton Garden Inn - Raleigh, Crabtree Valley at the rate of $119 for the night of May 19. Please click HERE to book your room. Rates will be honored through April 29, 2017.

Hilton Garden Inn - Raleigh/Crabtree Valley
3912 Arrow Drive
Raleigh, NC 27612