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April 1, 2015 E-News


In This Issue...

  1. Teacher Voice Network
  2. Local School Calendar Authority
  3. Exciting Opportunities
  4. Annual Meeting

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Teacher Voice Network

The Hope Street Group is currently accepting applications for the North Carolina Teacher Voice Network. The network provides teachers with opportunities to meet leading policymakers and present them with solutions for elevating the teaching profession. Members of the network stay in their classrooms full time and work with Hope Street Group 10-15 hours each month. Network members receive a $3,500 stipend for the 12-month commitment. Teachers with interest and experience in teacher leadership and education policy are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications are due April 10, 2015.

More details on the Teacher Voice Network are available on the official application website.Any questions may be directed to Wendy Uptain at [email protected].

Local School Calendar Authority

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. 

With all of the weather related school closures over the past few weeks, it is a critical time to show your support! Please take a minute to check out their website to learn more and to sign the petition.


Exciting Opportunities

Schoolnet Webinars

The Schoolnet and OpenClass webinar series continues on Thursdays throughout the school year and features weekly sessions on each of the components within Schoolnet (Classrooms, Assessment Admin, and School and District Data) and on OpenClass. Click on the dates below to register.

Please visit DPI's online calendar for future webinars.

Webinars Help Educators Find Solutions

Looking for feedback from peers from other districts? Teams or individuals may now participate in Cross-district Strategic Solutions statewide topic-based forums. The purpose of Cross-district Strategic Solutions sessions is to build a problem-solving, solution-generating Professional Learning Network of educators open to district leaders, administrators, teachers and coaches across the state. Educator Effectiveness PD Leads will assist you with facilitating the process. During the forum sessions, teams or individuals introduce a challenging issue and receive feedback from other participants across the state.  Each forum session is held in the late afternoon. Click on the dates below to register and join the conversation! 

  • 4/15/2015  Transitioning to Digital Text
  • 4/16/2015  Differentiated Instruction Based Upon Data
  • 4/20/2015  Preparing for Math I While Remediating Middle School
  • 4/28/2015  Recruitment and Retention
  • 4/29/2015  Vertical Transition from 5th to 6th Grade

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.

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Join us for our Annual Meeting!

The PENC Board invites members to join us for our Annual Meeting at Hyatt House North Hills in Raleigh on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Meet and greet fellow members, celebrate Scholarship and Grant recipients and elect new board members! This year, the positions of President, Vice President, Regions 1, 3, 5, 7 and At-Large 1 representatives are up for election. If you would like to nominate yourself or a colleague for one of these positions, you are welcome to send a resume and letter of interest to Carol Vandenbergh at [email protected]. If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP by Friday, April 24, 2015 to [email protected] or 800-542-8844.

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