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September 26, 2014 E-News


In This Issue...

  1. Second Renewal Notice
  2. Former NC Governor Jim Hunt on "Real Respect for Teachers"
  3. Legislative Updates
  4. PENC Scholarships and Grants - Accepting Applications!
  5. Events and Workshops
  6. Exciting Opportunities

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Second Renewal Notice

The PENC office is very busy processing your renewals and working diligently to answer emails and questions. The deadline for enrolling in Payroll Deduction has passed, however you have until October 15th to take advantage of our Installment Payment plan using a bank account or credit/debit card. Please visit www.pencweb.org/join-or-renew for enrollment instructions and to access a Membership Form. 

We will be sending out a second renewal notice on October 6th if you have not yet renewed for the 2014-2015 membership year. Please verify that your information on the form is correct, select a method of payment and return the renewal form to our office in order to renew. Please contact Annette Thomas, Office Manager, if you have any questions at 919-788-9299.

Former NC Governor Jim Hunt on "Real Respect for Teachers"

"Earlier this year, I called for a state commitment to raise teacher pay to the national average in the next four years. It was a bold proposal, but that's what leaders do. Since that time, teachers got a raise, but what they didn't get was a commitment. State lawmakers need to go back to the drawing board if they are going to show teachers that they are valued." -Jim Hunt

Read the full article here.

Legislative Updates

2014 Legislative Summary

Our annual Legislative Summary has been submitted by our Government Relations Consultant, Evelyn Hawthorne. It details the outcome of this year's short session in regards to education and summarizes several important bills that were passed by the legislature. 

NC General Assembly Candidate Forums

November is near - how well do you know your candidates? Take a look at the Candidate Forum schedule to see if there is a location near you. This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know the candidates in your area before you vote!

PENC Scholarships and Grants - Accepting Applications!

We are now accepting applications for scholarships and grants. Please see below for available opportunities and deadlines:

  • Professional Development Scholarships - October 1, 2014 deadline
  • New Teacher Grants - December 13, 2014 deadline
  • Continuing Education Scholarships - January 9, 2015 deadline
  • Children of PENC Members Scholarships - January 30, 2015 deadline
  • National Board Scholarships - January 30, 2015 deadline

Please visit our website at www.pencweb.org/scholarships-and-grants for more information and to apply.

Events and Workshops

HELPS Program 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.  

PENC has partnered with Helps Education Fund and will be offering a HELPS Program Literacy Workshop on October 11th from 10am-2pm at UNC Charlotte. For more information and to register, please visit www.pencweb.org/workshops.

School and Community Walk to Stop Bullying

When: Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 a.m.
Where: BB&T Ballpark (Home of the Dash) 951 Ballpark Way, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Bring “Change for a Change!” to support the N.C. Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

For more information, contact Kathy Jordan at [email protected] or 336-703-6760.

PENC National Board Certification Workshops

PENC will be offering 4 National Board Workshops throughout this membership year. As of now, we are scheduled for workshops on November 15 at Gamewell Middle School (Caldwell County) and December 13 at Union Pines High School (Moore County). There will be 2 workshops to follow in the Spring. Please continue to check back at www.pencweb.org/workshops for more details and to register.

Free SAS e-Courses available

For anyone wishing to learn STEM skills that are in high demand in today’s economy, two beginner SAS e-Courses, Programming 1 and Statistics 1, are now being offered to the world for free. This coincides with the free release of SAS University Edition, and it complements a number of video tutorials that are already free. Taken together, these free releases can provide skills that lead to success in a vast number of varied careers.

Exctiting Opportunities

No Cost STEM Resource

An exciting new STEM resource is now available at NO COST to teachers.  Reach for the Stars: Touch, Look, Listen, Learn was developed by SAS employee, Ed Summers and his team, with the goal of bringing science and astronomy to ALL students, including those who are visually impaired.  Created in partnership with the Space Telescope Institute and with Braille overlays provided by the National Braille Press, the iBook is now available from iTunes or from http://www.sascurriculumpathways.com/astronomy. For more about the book, see this blog “written” by Willie, Ed Summers’ amazing seeing eye dog.

Creative Classroom Contest

Creative and stimulating projects can go a long way in helping students understand material. Our State invites you to submit a classroom project idea to be completed by May 31, 2015 (during the 2014-2015 school year). One project will be selected by the judges to receive up to $500 to bring the project to life. Click here to find more information about rules and submissions.

2015 Emerging Issues High School Prize for Innovation

The Institute for Emerging Issues is proud to sponsor a contest that awards North Carolina's youth for investing in their communities and taking intiative to solve local problems.

The 2015 Emerging Issues High School Prize for Innovation challenges teams of N.C. high school students to reflect upon the past in order to help improve a community's future. Teams will investigate the historical roots of a local challenge a community has wrestled with, develop an innovative solution to the challenge, and engage community members in tackling the issue. 

Perhaps a team will launch a media campaign, create a working group, start a nonprofit, perfect a new technology- or maybe they will create an entirely new approach!

The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 for project implementation and up to five finalists will win $1,000 each!

Applications for the high school prize competition will be accepted until November 10, 2014

Encourage all of N.C.'s youth to take action and engage in making our state better! For more information about the prize, click here.  

iPadagogy: Teaching and learning with iPads

LEARN NC recently published a set of enhanced digital textbooks created by UNC School of Education professor Janice Anderson and a team of graduate students. These books are part of a research project investigating the potential impact of iPads in the classroom. The books, available in iBook or PDF format, can be downloaded at the LEARN NC site.

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