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March 14, 2016 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. Update on Academic Standards Review and Revisions
  2. Winter 2016 Voice
  3. Upcoming PENC Workshops
  4. PENC Annual Meeting
  5. Call for PENC Region 4 & 6 Respresentatives
  6. Young Artists Competition
  7. NC Teacher Virtual Career Fair
  8. FREE Anti-Bullying e-Courses for Educators and Parents
  9. Exciting Opportunities

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Update on Academic Standards Review and Revisions

As you know, the Academic Standards Review Commission (better known as the Common Core Commission) finished up its works in December and sent a Report of Findings and Recommendations to the State Board of Education. The report is now in the hands of the State Board of Education, and it is their duty to develop and revise the NC Standards Courses of Study.

These statutory requirements and State Board of Education references for the development and revisions of the NC Standard Courses of Study will apply to guide their work.

This flow chart outlining the standards review and revision process is a good framework of the work process that lies ahead for the State Board of Education.

As the SBE the NCDPI proceed through the standards review process for mathematics and English Language Arts, as well as other content areas in the future, they will use the materials below to help in understanding the history, statutory requirements and SBE policy that will be referenced in the review process. A deeper discussion will occur at the April State Board of Education meeting regarding the definition of a standard, project map for standards review and a status update for the mathematics and ELA review process.

Standards Development in North Carolina (powerpoint) 

Standards Development in NC - Past & Present 

Framework for Change, June 5, 2008 

Response to 2008 Framework for Change 

Winter 2016 Voice

The winter 2016 edition of The Voice is here! Click below to read about blended classroom models, ESSA updates, traveling abroad and much more!

Upcoming PENC Workshops

National Board Workshops

PENC offers National Board initial certification and renewal workshops FREE to all educators. Click on the dates below for more information and to register.

HELPS Program 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 www.helpsprogram.orgThis is a great opportunity to earn .5 Literacy CEUs!

PENC Annual Meeting

The PENC Board invites members to join us for our Annual Meeting in Raleigh on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 12-2pm at Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh/Crabtree Valley. Meet and greet fellow members, celebrate scholarship and grant recipients, vote on bylaw amendments and elect new board members! This year, the positions of Treasurer, Secretary, Regions 2, 4, 6, 8 and At-Large 2 Representative are up for election.

The speaker for this year's Annual Meeting will be Carrie Tulbert, North Carolina Principal of the Year 2014-15. Carrie is a proud North Carolina Teaching Fellow and she is now Principal of Concord Middle School in Cabarrus County Schools. Her passions in education include the building of culture at the school level, building relationships and its importance in education, technology enhancing education, and simply - kids and their learning.  

If you plan to attend the meeting, please RSVP by Friday, April 8, 2016 to Annette Thomas at [email protected] or 800-542-8844.

Call for PENC Region 4 & 6 Representatives

We are currently seeking Board members to fill the positions of Region 4 Representative and Region 6 Representative (you can find a regional map here). Regional Representatives play an integral role in our organization because they are in the field sharing the benefits of PENC with colleagues, providing feedback to PENC Staff and fellow Board members on critical education issues within our state. Service includes attending meetings in Raleigh 3 times per year. If you are interested in being considered for the nomination on the Board as a Regional Representative, please send your resume and email with a statement of interest to Carol Vandenbergh at [email protected] by Sunday, March 20, 2016. 

Young Artists Competition

PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina), a professional association that serves as THE Voice for educators in policy-making, the forum for developing professional relationships and the advocate for improving the learning environment for every educator and student, is currently accepting electronic entries for its 9th annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolinas teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges. The pieces will be duplicated for display in our Raleigh office, on the PENC website and may be used in future publications. The six winning entrants will receive an award of $50.00 and a certificate of achievement from PENC. The teachers will be presented with a certificate and gift bag at the fall 2016 Executive Board Meeting. PENC is looking forward to the wonderful work from all around our great state.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines.

Click here for submission guidelines and additional information. Deadline to submit artwork is April 29, 2016

NC Teacher Virtual Career Fair

Looking For a Teaching Position in North Carolina? 

The North Carolina Teacher Virtual Career Fair is on March 16th!

The virtual career fair is an efficient way to meet Hiring Representatives real-time from Multiple Districts Statewide. Finding the perfect position will never get easier. Give it a try!

- Free recruiting event for Educators to connect real-time with School Districts at your convenience.
- You will meet recruiters online via chat rooms during the event on March 16th.
- Participating School Districts' chat hours will be posted in advance (a camera is not required to attend).
- After registering, jobseekers have the option to upload their resume for easy review by participating schools.

Click below to register or visit:

Questions: send an email to [email protected] or 770-980-0088

FREE Anti-Bullying e-Courses for Educators and Parents

National Bullying Prevention Month may have come to an end, but prevention is all year long! Since educators and parents are on the front lines, we're making the following research-based online courses to prevent bullying available for FREE on 3C Marketplace through December 2016.

Simply enter the code PENC316 at checkout. Then navigate to "My Marketplace" to activate your subscription. Continuing education credit is available for educators.

And while you're on the site, check out the library of free resources to promote social and emotional health in your school and at home.

Exciting Opportunities

STEM Design Challenge for Students Grades 8-12

Design proposals are now being accepted through a joint educational program of NASA - the International Space Station and Portland State University (PSU). Students are invited to participate in microgravity research on capillary action similar to that which was conducted on the space station. Sound interesting? Teams will create their own experiment using Computer-Aided Design CAD software and NASA and/or PSU staff will aid teams in their interpretation of their results. Teams may be comprised of an entire class or informal science clubs of any size. Selection of at least one qualifying entry from each state and listed territory is guaranteed. Submission deadlines are February 1, March 1 and April 1. Contact the Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments Team for more information.

NFIB Opens 2016 Entrepreneurship Educator Award Application

Washington, D.C. (February 2, 2016) Today, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Young Entrepreneur Foundation (YEF) opened its third annual Entrepreneurship Educator Award application process, a scholarship program designed to reward teachers who are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship. Any educator for grades 1-12, in the classroom or any other educational setting, who teaches entrepreneurship is eligible to apply for this $5,000 scholarship.

Here at NFIB, we believe that embracing and teaching business minded students is crucial to the future success of small business and Americas economy, Director of NFIBs Young Entrepreneur Foundation, Molly Young said. It is important that we honor hard-working educators who are determined to instill the benefits of entrepreneurship in our education system. These individuals are helping young people discover their full potential.

Applicants are asked to submit a short video describing the best practices he or she uses to teach entrepreneurship and what the outcome has been. The winner of the award will be granted a $5,000 scholarship that can be used for educational resources pertaining to entrepreneurship. The scholarship amount increased substantially this year from $1,000. Applications and videos must be submitted by 11:59pm EST on March 31, 2016. The winner will be invited to attend the NFIB Young Entrepreneur of the Year Luncheon in Washington, D.C. this July where his or her video will be presented.

The winning video from last year, by Maryland teacher Marc Steren, can be viewed here. For more about the Entrepreneurship Educator Award please visit

For more information about NFIBs Young Entrepreneur Foundation please visit

Scaling STEM Conference

The Scaling STEM conference will be held April 4-6, 2016 and is an opportunity to learn from experts from across the nation and with peers to advance STEM strategies for all. This years conference will have a focus on equity. Ensuring all students have access to a quality STEM education prepares students to graduate with flexible and adaptable competence in mathematics, science and technology, and the ability to design and communicate solutions to real problems with confidence, ingenuity and thoughtfulness. Conference highlights include student and school presentations, concurrent sessions, opportunities to hear nationally-known education leaders and networking among educators.

Fore more information and to register click here

STEM-related Summer Workshop

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta invites you to register for its 2016 Science Ambassador Workshop to be held July 18-22.

Middle and high school teachers will hear presentations and collaborate with CDC scientists, work in teams to develop lessons plans that will be published on CDC's website, and tour CDC's state-of-the-art headquarters. In addition, teachers can earn four continuing education units.

There is no registration fee; however, participants will need to cover their transportation, lodging and meals. The deadline to register is April 15.

NCFA Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

The NCFA Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience is a fully sponsored, multi-day program studying
the social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainable forestry in North Carolina.
The Experience is STEM-focused and provides educators with the most current planning materials,
tools, data, and tangible applications for professional development and student learning techniques.

See the flyer for more details.

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