Happy Holidays!



December 26, 2014 E-News


In This Issue...

  1. Holiday Office Closure
  2. Let Your Voice Be Heard!
  3. Opportunity Culture
  4. PENC Scholarships and Grants - Accepting Applicatoins!
  5. Exciting Opportunities

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Holiday Office Closure 

Please note that our office will be closed December 22, 2014 through January 2, 2015. We will have access to voicemail, so if you need assistance please feel free to call our office at 919-788-9299.

Let Your Voice be Heard! 

If you have not yet had the opportunity to participate in our Legislative survey for the 2015 session, please click here to give us your thoughts and opionions. 

Also, we have recently partnered with L.O.C.A.L. (Let Our Calendar Authority be Local) in order to support local school calendar authority in North Carolina. Please take a minute to check out their website to learn more and to sign the petition.

Opportunity Culture

Expand your talents, for students and your career.

In 2014, four Project L.I.F.T. schools are benefitting from our first year experiences. These four schools are implementing new school models with redesigned teaching jobs and using age- and child-appropriate technology to put excellent teachers in charge of more students’ learning and other teachers’ development, for more pay. Review summaries for these positions below and download the PDFs for a full job description.

To learn more about Opportunity Culture, please click here. Please be sure to watch the video!

PENC Scholarships and Grants - Accepting Applications!

Deadlines are approaching quickly, but there's still time to apply for the following scholarships! 

  • 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.

Exctiting Opportunities

NC Civic Education Consortium

The NC Civic Education Consortium will offer workshops at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Statewide Conference and the North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Conference, as well as offering their own workshop in March, titled "The Modern Origins of Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East," and another in April, titled "An Indigenous People’s History of the United States." For more information, visit the CEC News Page.

ENGL 530: Digital Humanities History and Methods

ENGL 530 is a new graduate-level course to be offered online in Spring 2015 through UNC Chapel Hill's Friday Center for Continuing Education. ENGL 530: Digital Humanities History and Methods will offer an introduction to the wide range of research and teaching applications that come under the rubric of "digital humanities.” Digital humanists design online archives for studying the works of William Blake, Emily Dickinson, and Vincent Van Gogh; use text mining algorithms to discover linguistic patterns in thousands of nineteenth-century novels; create galleries to showcase student writing and research; and map social networks of the ancient world. ENGL 530: Digital Humanities History and Methods will provide participants with a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of digital humanities work and prepare them to pursue their own teaching and research projects. The course is designed for graduate students, post-secondary instructors, K-12 educators, cultural heritage professionals, and independent scholars who wish to know more about the topics, tools, and techniques that are bringing the humanities into the digital age.

ENGL 530 meets online January 7 - May 5, 2015, and is open to UNC students as well as scholars and students not currently affiliated with UNC.

To enroll for ENGL 530: Digital Humanities History and Methods, visit the Friday Center website.

For more information about the course, contact the instructor, Dr. Ashley Reed.

2015 Envirothon

The North Carolina Envirothon takes place April 24-25, 2015. The Envirothon is an annual competition in which middle school and high school teams compete for recognition and scholarships by demonstrating their knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management. The teams, each consisting of five students from participating schools, home study groups and environmental clubs, exercise their training and problem-solving skills in a competition centered on five testing categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and current environmental issues.

For more information visit www.ncenvirothon.org.

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