"The most authentic thing about us is
our capacity to create, to overcome,
to endure, to transform, to love and
to be greater than our suffering."

~Ben Okri



October 15, 2014 E-News

In This Issue...

  1. The Voice Fall 2014
  2. October Member Challenge
  3. Legislative Updates
  4. Standard 6 and the Analysis of Student Work Process
  5. PENC Scholarships and Grants - Accepting Applications!
  6. Events and Workshops
  7. Exciting Opportunities

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The Voice Fall 2014

Our latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, The Voice, is now available! It includes the 2014 PENC Legislative Summary, Voting Information, Young Artists Competition Winners, and much more! Click the image below to read the full version.

October Member Challenge

During the month of October, refer a NEW member to PENC and you will be entered into a drawing for a Thanksgiving dinner awarded in time for the holidays. The more new members you refer, the more chances to win! Remember, you can become a Partner member and earn your membership FREE by referring 3 new members!

Please keep track of who you have referred and send a list to Alex Knepp at [email protected] at the end of the month to ensure all referrals have been counted. 

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 - UPDATED

November is near - how well do you know your candidates? Take a look at the updated 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!

Early Voting Locations in North Carolina

For a complete map and list of early voting locations in North Carolina click here

Standard 6 and the Analysis of Student Work Process

For the 2014-2015 school year, teachers who are participating in the analysis of student work (ASW) Process for purposes of Standard 6 will be required to collect 3 Timelapse Artifacts.

For teachers of year-long classes, you may voluntarily choose to collect and keep evidence from the 1st semester for use in one or more of the 3 Timelapse Artifacts. However you are not required to collect 1st semester artifacts, and you may decide only to collect and keep evidence in the spring of 2015.

For semester teachers, you should only collect evidence from 2nd semester classes.

In May, teachers can begin to upload their evidence to the online platform. The submissions will then be submitted for blind review by 2 trained content area specialists, And reviewer's will assign an individual rating to each Timelapse Artifact and an overall rating to the evidence collection.

For a graphical depiction of the process, click here.

For more information, visit http://ncasw.ncdpi.wikispaces.net.

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 - CLOSED
  • 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 several HELPS Program Literacy Workshops in the winter and spring. For more information please visit www.pencweb.org/workshops.

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.

Exctiting Opportunities

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.  

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.

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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