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January 27, 2017 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. Winter 2017 Edition of The Voice
  2. PENC Annual Conference - Register Now for Early Bird Rates!
  3. Upcoming Workshops
  4. Take Advantage of Your Benefits from AMBA
  5. North Carolina Teacher Voice Network - Accepting Applications
  6. It's Almost Tax Time!
  7. Exciting Opportunities

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Winter 2017 Edition of The Voice

The winter edition of The Voice is here! Click the cover photo below to read more about our new lobbyist, upcoming opportunities from PENC, scholarship and grant winners and much more!

PENC Annual Conference - Register Now for Early Bird Rates!

Join us for our 2017 Annual Conference: Leading and Empowering Everyday Heroes. This will be a great opportunity to engage with other educators, earn CEU credits from the Whole Brain Teaching program and hear Gerry Brooks speak!

Register now to receive Early Bird rates! Visit our website for more details and to register:

Share this opportunity with your colleagues! Click HERE for a printable flyer to hang in your school's break room!

Upcoming Workshops

HELPS 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 the date below to register.

February 11, 2017 at Wayne Community College - Click HERE for details

National Board Workshops

PENC sponsors National Board workshops for initial and renewal certification each membership year which are FREE to all educators! To learn more about our National Board Workshop presenter, Dr. Glennda McKeithan, click here.

February 18, 2017 - William Peace University, Wake County - Click HERE for details

March 18, 2017 - East Rutherford Middle School, Rutherford County - Click HERE for details

Take Advantage of Your Benefits from AMBA

PENC has partnered with AMBA to offer you a plethora of added member benefits. Click the banner above to view a list of benefits. Or, if you are a current PENC member you may visit our personalized benefits site through our Discounts & Deals page.

North Carolina Teacher Voice Network - Accepting Applications

Hope Street Group - the nonpartisan nonprofit that connects classroom teachers with their peers and decision-makers across North Carolina and nationally - is recruiting its next cohort of North Carolina Teacher Voice Network Leaders. The Teacher Voice Network program is carefully designed to develop the competencies of great teachers, providing them with tools to engage their colleagues and generate solutions to education challenges. To date, participants have met with state and federal legislators, attended regional and national educator convenings and been featured in several publications (see Network Leader bios and links to their articles here). 

NC Teacher Voice Network Leaders are teachers or instructional coaches who remain in their schools full-time and contribute 10-15 hours each month to Hope Street Group activities including data collections, professional learning sessions and partner meetings. They receive a $3,000 stipend for the twelve-month fellowship, with the opportunity to extend into a second year to deepen their work.

Interested teachers can apply HERE.

All materials must be submitted by Friday, February 10 to be considered for the program.If you have any questions about the NC Teacher Voice Network, please direct them to Katharine Correll at [email protected] or to her colleague Celia Gregory at [email protected].

It's Almost Tax Time!

We know most – if not all – of you take money out of your own pocket to buy resources and supplies for your classroom. It’s unfortunate…but true.

Remember, as an educator you may qualify for tax deductions for unreimbursed expenses (including professional development courses, supplies, books, computer equipment and supplementary materials that you use in the classroom). Talk to your tax advisor about including these in your tax return!

Exciting Opportunities

Register Now for CCSA

Registration for the 2017 Collaborative Conference for Student Success, "Champions for Student Success," is now open. The conference will offer a variety of sessions of interest to educators, administrators, parents, school board members, university and college faculty/staff/administrators, and community and business representatives. 

Registration is $175 if received before Feb. 1 and $200 if received after Feb. 1. For more information please email staff or call 919.835.6133.

Consider presenting at the conference:

While you are thinking about registering for the conference, you may also want to consider presenting. The Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA) is currently welcoming proposals that highlight innovative practices to improve educational outcomes for students of today and tomorrow.

Priority will be given to proposals that clearly connect content and objectives to proven techniques to increase student achievement, focus on best practices for 21st century educators, connect to conference strands in innovative ways, and or create and revive excitement for both student and adult learners.

For full details, including the proposal submission form, please visit CCSA’s conference website. Don’t forget to register for the conference while you are there!

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