PENC offers a variety of workshops throughout the year, covering such topics as National Board Certification, Financial Planning, Retirement Planning, and Professional Development.

National Board Workshops

We will be offering numerous FREE National Board Workshops throughout this membership year. Please click on the date below for details and continue to check back for added workshop dates.

HELPS Literacy Workshops

The Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) Program is an easy-to-use reading program that has been demonstrated in numerous, published research studies to improve students’ fluency and comprehension. HELPS can be implemented one-on-one or in small groups, and is shown to be effective when used for only 10 minutes per day, three times per week. To learn more about HELPS please visit Click on the dates below for more information and to register.

Panoltia Workshops

School Interpreter Training Seminars

These highly interactive one day seminars are for bilingual (English/Spanish) people who interpret in school settings. Co-developed by instructors Yasmin Wurts Metivier of Panoltia, and Eta Trabing of the Berkana Language Center, this program is based on more than 50 years of professional interpreter and interpreter training experience. It is the standard for interpreter training for educators.

Interperter Certification Preparation seminars are held throughout the year at the PENC Office in Raleigh.

For more information, and to register for upcoming seminars, visit

Retirement Planning Conferences

The Department of State Treasurer Retirement Systems Division conducts free retirement conferences year-round for members of the Teachers’ and State Employees’ Retirement System. These conferences are held throughout the entire state. For more information and to view upcoming Retirement Planning conferences, visit the Department of State Treasurer website.