December 18, 2015 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. $750 Bonus
  2. Upcoming Workshops
  3. Scholarships and Grants - Accepting Applications
  4. PENC Wants to Visit Your School!
  5. Member Spotlight
  6. Visit the Biltmore Estate
  7. Exciting Opportunities

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your colleagues!  

$750 Bonus

By now you should've received your $750 one-time bonus. If you have not already received it, it should be included in your next paycheck. The Department of Public Instruction (DPI) gave LEAs instruction to pay the bonus in December. DPI has also issued a FAQ regarding disbursement of the bonus. Please be sure to check your earnings statement to ensure that the bonus was included. Also be sure to check that you are being paid on the appropriate level of the salary schedule and that all of your supplements are included as well. Underpayments and overpayments are frequently issues with educators across our state. 

Upcoming Workshops

National Board

PENC offers National Board initial certification and renewal workshop FREE to all educators. Click on the dates below for more information and to register.

HELPS Program 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.

Scholarships and Grants - Accepting Applications

We are still accepting applications for most of our scholarships and grants. For more details and to apply visit

  • NCCAT Subs on Us Grants
  • Continuing Education Scholarships - January 8, 2016 deadline
  • National Board Scholarships - January 29, 2016 deadline
  • Scholarships for Children of PENC Members - January 29, 2016 deadline
  • Professional Development Scholarships - CLOSED
  • New Teacher Grants (winter deadline) - CLOSED

PENC Wants to Visit Your School!

Would you and your fellow staff members be interested in having a PENC representative visit your school? We would love to bring breakfast along with information about PENC to share with your colleagues, answer any questions and get to know you better. Please check with your principal regarding a visit from PENC, then fill out this form

Member Spotlight

Twenty-one teachers participated in a day-long training event at the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET) in preparation for the Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) competition. The event, planned for Spring 2016, will engage students from 6th -12th grade in an engineering design challenge.

Thanks to PENC At Large Representative Paul Gantt, and members Tim Barnsback, Roy Hadley, Bradley Bartlett, Freda Parker for your involvement to challenge and improve our students!

Click here to view the press release in its entirety. 

Visit the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate offers numerous ways for you and your family to experience the beauty of western North Carolina, especially during the holiday season. Click here to learn more about upcoming events and ticket information. Call the office at 1-800-542-8844 to order your tickets today!

Exciting Opportunities

New Session: Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet.

Educator Effectiveness Division of NC Department of Public Instruction is offering another session of Effective Digital Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the K-12 Classroom: A PD MOOClet,starting Feb 8, 2016. This course is available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. This course will start Monday Feb 8, 2016.  Registration will open January 11, 2016. 

Duration: 6 Weeks (20 hours) Credits:  2 CEUs   Max. registration: 200 Min. registration: 100

• Directions on how to register are available at

Contact Dr. Geetanjali Soni at [email protected]  if you have any questions.

The Kenan Fellows Program is recruiting outstanding K-12 educators for its 2016-17 fellowship year. 

We connect teachers with leading researchers and industry experts to promote curricular design linking classwork to “real” work. Kenan Fellows receive at least three weeks of immersive guidance with a mentor in a research or applied STEM setting, 80 hours of professional development that builds leadership capacity, and a $5,000 award.

The fellowship runs from May 2016 to April 2017. Educators remain in the classroom while completing fellowship requirements. The internship and the majority of the professional development takes place in the summer leaving teachers to resume their regular classroom duties in the fall. The 2016–17 Fellows will be named in early May 2016.

Application deadline is January 18, 2016. Click here to learn more and to apply.

Scaling STEM Conference

The Scaling STEM conference will be held April 4-6, 2016 and is an opportunity to learn from experts from across the nation and with peers to advance STEM strategies for all. This year’s conference will have a focus on equity. Ensuring all students have access to a quality STEM education prepares students to graduate with flexible and adaptable competence in mathematics, science and technology, and the ability to design and communicate solutions to real problems with confidence, ingenuity and thoughtfulness. Conference highlights include student and school presentations, concurrent sessions, opportunities to hear nationally-known education leaders and networking among educators.

Fore more information and to register click here.

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