April 30th 2018


In This Issue...

  1. Announcing PENC's new Board Members & Staff!
  2. Upcoming Workshops
  3. Young Artist Competition
  4. NC Treasure's Retirement Update
  5. Scholarships and Grant Opportunities-Deadline Approaching!
  6. Guilford County Tornado Relief Grant
  7. National Board Updates
  8. Get Involved!

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your colleagues!  

Announcing PENC's new Board Members & Staff!

Regional Board Representatives play an integral role in our organization because they are in the field sharing the benefits of PENC with colleagues and providing feedback to PENC Staff and fellow Board members on critical education issues within our state. Serving as a PENC Board member is a way to be a Teacher Leader at the state level while serving as a voice for your colleagues both statewide and regionally. Service includes attending meetings in Raleigh 3 times per year with an additional Board Retreat annually. 

On April 21, 2018 at the PENC Annual Meeting, we elected new members to serve as representatives on the Board for Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and At-Large Representative. We are sending a huge congratulations to our new region representatives:

Region 2 Represntative  Amy Lambe

Region 4 Representative Robert Jones

Region 6 Representative Joanna Loftis

Region 8 Representative Emily Gill

At-Large, Peter Bobbe

PENC's new Sectary, Tony Coggins and treasurer, Dawn Henline! Congratulations to each of our new Board members and Regional Representatives.

We would also like to welcome our new Field Rep covering Regions 1-4, Pam Jerro. 

And our new Director of Communications, Sha Hewett! We are happy to have them on board and send our congratulations to each of them!        

Upcoming Workshops

We have several upcoming opportunities for you to attend a National Board or HELPS Workshop. You can register by clicking the available dates below.

National Board - We will be offering numerous FREE National Board Workshops throughout this membership year. The tentative schedule for 2017-18 National Board workshops is below. Registration will open 1-2 months prior to the workshop date; please click the date below to register. To learn more about our National Board Workshop presenter, Dr. Glennda McKeithan, click here.

May 5, 2018 - ONLINE  - Click HERE for details.
*If you are local to Wake County and would like to attend this online training in person, please register HERE.

HELPS Literacy Workshop 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 www.helpsprogram.orgRegistration will open 1-2 months prior to the workshop date.

HELPS Small Group Training June 11, 2018 - PENC Office, Raleigh, NC - Click HERE for details.

Please visit www.pencweb.org/workshops for more information.

Young Artists Competition

PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina), a professional association that serves as THE Voice for educators in policy-making, the forum for developing professional relationships and the advocate for improving the learning environment for every educator and student, is currently accepting electronic entries for its 9th annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina’s teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges. The pieces will be duplicated for display in our Raleigh office, on the PENC website and may be used in future publications. The six winning entrants will receive an award of $50.00 and a certificate of achievement from PENC. The teachers will be presented with a certificate, gift bag and gift certificate for art supplies at the fall 2018 Executive Board Meeting. PENC is looking forward to the wonderful work from all around our great state.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines. For more information, submission guidelines, etc please visit www.pencweb.org/young-artists-competition. Deadline for submissions is 5pm Friday, June 1, 2018.


NC Treasure's Retirement Update

The North Carolina Total Retirement Plan helps you find resources and tools to help you determine what actions to take to address your short-term and long-term financial and retirement planning needs. Each year, the North Carolina Total Retirement Plans create a myNCRetirement Statement (formerly known as Annual Benefits Statement) for active employees who have worked for North Carolina as teachers, state employees or local government employees for at least one calendar year.

To find out more information about the latest NC retirement update, click HERE.


Scholarships and Grant Opportunities-Deadlines Approaching!

We are now accepting applications for the following scholarships and grants offered by PENC! Applications and deadline information can be found on our website at www.pencweb.org/scholarships-and-grants. Apply today!

  • NCCAT Subs on Us Grants: PENC now offers grants to cover the cost of a substitute teacher for up to five school days while members attend a program at NCCAT.
  • New Teacher Grants: PENC awards up to sixteen $250 grants for members in their first three years of practice who demonstrate a need for instructional supplies that will have a direct impact on student learning.
  • National Board Scholarships: PENC offers two scholarships of $500 each to members who are pursuing their initial National Board Certification.

At our Annual Meeting on April 21st 2018, we recognized our scholarship recipients. Congratulations to the following recipients: 

Children of PENC Member Scholarship Recipients:

  • Breanna Murphy, Averett University
  • Analeise Poulin, North Carolina State University
  • Austin Beaver, Northwest Cabarrus High School
  • Dawson, McLamb, Midway High School
  • Alicia Sigmon, Bunker Hill High School
  • Christina Amaya Perry, Bunn High School


The School Leadership Scholarship & New Teacher Grant Recipient Amanda Smith, Alleghany County, 2nd grade teacher at Glade Creek Elementary School.

Guilford County Tornado Relief Grant

PENC is providing grants of up to $500 each for members in need of resources after the devastation caused by tornadoes in Guilford County. For more information and to apply click HERE.  

National Board Updates

Here’s some exciting news from the national office! The 2018-19 assessment cycle is in full swing! 

NBCT Opportunities

National Board is looking for NBCTs to serve as Fellows beginning June 2018 through February 2019 to support on efforts around communications, awareness and recruitment, conversion/re-certification, National Board Networks and engagement/mobilization. The application deadline is May 10. Please help us share! More information on the National Board Fellowship can be found here.

Get Involved!

Each One Reach One

If EACH ONE of us strives to REACH ONE new member, we could double our membership in just one year – double the impact and double the strength of our voice!

In the coming year, we challenge you to recruit one new member in order to receive a discount ($27 for Educators, $14 for Support) on your membership. Click here to learn more about our new initiative. 

Partner Level Membership & Member Representatives

Become a Member Representative! Member Reps serve as a voice for PENC within their schools by distributing materials provided by PENC, sharing upcoming opportunities, and working towards earning a FREE membership as a Partner Level member by referring 3 members. For more information, please contact the office at 919-788-9299 or email Alex Cozort at [email protected]. An added bonus of agreeing to become your school's PENC Member Representative is that it can be included on Standard 1 of the Teacher Evaluation System/Teachers Demonstrate Leadership. (Teacher Effectiveness Manual pgs. 7-8)

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Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC)
P.O. Box 17129 Raleigh, NC 27619