December 13, 2016 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. 2017 PENC Legislative Survey
  2. PENC Annual Conference - Register Now for Early Bird Rates!
  3. Deadlines Approaching for PENC Scholarships & Grants
  4. Updates from DPI
  5. Discounts & Deals
  6. Exciting Opportunities

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2017 PENC Legislative Survey

This is your last chance to take the PENC 2017 Legislative Priorities SURVEY to provide us with your input so we can serve as your voice at the NC General Assembly. As you respond, please keep in mind PENC's mission is to promote education reform for the benefit of all North Carolina children while ensuring the recruitment, development and retention of qualified educators.

The results of this survey will be received and analyzed anonymously. Your feedback will directly and immediately impact the legislative priorities set for PENC by the Board of Directors for the 2017 legislative session.

PENC Annual Conference - Register Now for Early Bird Rates!

Join us for our 2017 Annual Conference: Leading and Empowering Everyday Heroes. This will be a great opportunity to engage with other educators, earn CEU credits from the Whole Brain Teaching program and hear Gerry Brooks speak!

Register now to receive Early Bird rates! Visit our website for more details and to register:

Deadlines Approaching for PENC Scholarships & Grants

School Leader Scholarship (1) – January 31, 2017 deadline

Professional Development Scholarships (4) – January 31, 2017 deadline

Scholarships for Children of PENC Members (2) – January 31, 2017 deadline

New Teacher Grants (16) – January 31, 2017 deadline

National Board Scholarships (4) – June 16, 2017 deadline

NCCAT Subs on Us Grants – open year-round as funding permits

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Grants - open as funding permits

Updates from DPI

State Superintendent June Atkinson Bids Farewell to Board

State Superintendent June Atkinson used her final meeting with the State Board of Education last week to reflect on her 12 years leading the state’s public schools. She said she was grateful for the countless students she met, all the educators she worked with, and her many opportunities to promote the state's great public schools and students while serving as the state’s elected education leader.

A video of her farewell remarks in their entirety (courtesy of WRAL-TV) are available online.

Board members presented Atkinson with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and approved a resolution (scroll to Chairman’s Comments to access the resolution) honoring her outstanding service as North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Teacher Bonuses from Three Pilot Programs

The General Assembly’s 2016 appropriation bill included three pilot programs to provide teachers in certain circumstances with financial bonuses based on student performance. In October, the State Board of Education discussed policy changes to implement the three pilot programs, outlined below. Action is anticipated on these policies in November.

•  Teachers would receive bonuses of $50 per Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate exams taken by their students and receiving a grade of 3 or above (AP) or a grade of 4 or above (IB). There is a maximum of $2,000 per teacher per year. This first round is based on exams taken in the 2015-16 school year, and bonuses would be payable in January 2017 for the first time. A total of $4.3 million was appropriated for this purpose.

•  Career technical education teachers would receive bonuses ranging from $25-$50 per student earning an approved industry certification or credential as defined and valued by the Department of Commerce in concert with the State Board of Education. This bonus also is capped at $2,000 per teacher per year and would be payable in January 2017 for the first time based on 2015-16 credentials earned. A total of $600,000 was provided for this program.

•  Third grade teachers in the top 25 percent of teachers in the state (based on the Education Value-Added Assessment System (EVAAS) student growth index score for third-grade reading from the previous year) would be eligible for bonuses. Of the $10 million provided for this purpose, $5 million is to be allocated equally among qualifying teachers and $5 million will be proportionally based on average daily membership for each local school district and then distributed equally among qualifying teachers in each school district. These also would be paid in January 2017 for the first time.

Funding for these pilots is recurring. Bonuses to be paid in January.

ELA and Math Standards Review and Revision Updates

NCDPI K-12 Curriculum and Instruction staff want to thank all of the educators, higher education partners, business partners, parents and community members who have been actively involved in the process of reviewing and revising the NC Standard Course of Study in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics. The following resources provide additional information on the progress for standards review and revision in ELA and math.

English Language Arts

ELA Timeline (K-12) - This site provides additional resources, an overview of the work that has been accomplished and next steps in the process for ELA standards.

In addition, staff invite you to join the NCDPI ELA Section’s webinar on Nov. 29 (3:30 - 4:30 p.m.) to learn more about the ELA standards review process. Staff will present a brief history of the ELA standards review process, provide an update about where they are in the process, share several proposed changes, and discuss next steps. Members of the Data Review Committee and writing teams will speak about their experiences. A time for questions and answers will be provided at the end of the webinar.


Mathematics Timeline (K-8 and Fourth High School Math) - This document provides a draft timeline for review/revision of K-8 math standards and fourth high school math courses. Math educators, leaders and higher education partners across the state are doing wonderful work to support implementation of the newly adopted NC Math 1, 2 and 3 standards. The State Board of Education unanimously adopted these revised standards in June. More information on high school math resources can be accessed HERE.

The State Board of Education and the NC Department of Public Instruction are committed to working with stakeholders to ensure that students have standards of the highest quality that best prepare them for college and career opportunities.

Any questions regarding the ELA standards revision process should be directed to NCDPI K-12 ELA Section Chief Julie Joslin (919.807.3935). Questions regarding the mathematics standards revision process should be directed to NCDPI K-12 Mathematics Section Chief Jennifer Curtis (919.807.3838).

Discounts & Deals

Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore

Christmas gifts await your family at Biltmore. They are the kind you can't wrap, like fascination, wonder, and family bonding. And in the beauty of Candlelight Christmas Evenings, they are easy to find - especially with thousands of sparkling lights guiding your way.

Click HERE for ticket information and reservations.

UNC Charlotte 49ers Teacher Appreciation Night

Join the Charlotte 49ers on Monday, January 2, 2017 at 7PM for Teacher Appreciation Night! Click the flyer below to purchase tickets today!

Exciting Opportunities

Register Now for CCSA

Registration for the 2017 Collaborative Conference for Student Success, "Champions for Student Success," is now open. The conference will offer a variety of sessions of interest to educators, administrators, parents, school board members, university and college faculty/staff/administrators, and community and business representatives. 

Registration is $175 if received before Feb. 1 and $200 if received after Feb. 1. For more information please email staff or call 919.835.6133.

Consider presenting at the conference:

While you are thinking about registering for the conference, you may also want to consider presenting. The Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA) is currently welcoming proposals that highlight innovative practices to improve educational outcomes for students of today and tomorrow.

Priority will be given to proposals that clearly connect content and objectives to proven techniques to increase student achievement, focus on best practices for 21st century educators, connect to conference strands in innovative ways, and or create and revive excitement for both student and adult learners.

For full details, including the proposal submission form, please visit CCSA’s conference website. Don’t forget to register for the conference while you are there!

SECU Summer Cash Account

State Employees Credit Union offers a "Summer Cash account" designed for school employees who are not paid all 12 months of the year. This program allows customers to save money during the school year from each paycheck, which will then be transferred automatically into an account of their choice during summer months. Click HERE to learn more!

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