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March 28, 2017 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. PENC Annual Conference is Back Open - Register Now!
  2. Winter 2017 Edition of The Voice
  3. Upcoming Workshops
  4. Young Artists Competition
  5. It's Tax Season!
  6. Updates from DPI

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PENC Annual Conference is Back Open - Register Now!

We are excited to announce that there are now more seats available 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 ensure you get a spot! 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!

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!

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.

April 1, 2017 - William Ellis Middle School, Davie County - Click HERE for more 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.

April 8, 2017 -  William Peace University, Wake County - Click HERE for more details.

April 29, 2017 - East Rutherford Middle School, Rutherford County - Click HERE for more details.

Young Artists Competition

We are accepting electronic entries for our annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina’s 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 2017 Executive Board Meeting. The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines.

Deadline to submit artwork is April 28, 2017 by 5pm. Please click HERE for more details and submit all artwork to [email protected]

It's Tax Season!

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!

Updates from DPI

ELA Standards Revisions Update

Draft 3 of the English Language Arts (ELA) Standard Course of Study was presented to State Board of Education (SBE) members for discussion on March 1.

NCDPI K-12 English Language Arts Section Chief Julie Joslin reviewed the standards revision process, including feedback from approximately 10,000 educators that was used to create the proposed standards. She introduced a new format for the standards along with an example showing how standards will be accompanied by a clarification section and glossary. An overview of the major changes was provided highlighting revisions by strand (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening, and Language). Board members also reviewed a tentative implementation timeline based on a 2018-19 start date. The standards will go before the State Board for action on April 6.

For additional information about the review process, including all drafts, a tentative implementation timeline and the March 1 SBE presentation, please visit the NCDPI ELA wiki. Questions regarding the ELA standards revision process may be directed to NCDPI K-12 English Language Arts Section Chief Julie Joslin

Comment Period Open for Grant Funding Under Part B of IDEA

NCDPI is seeking comment on its annual state application for grant funding under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended in 2004 for Federal Fiscal Year 2017. The proposed application will be available for public review March 9 – May 5.

A copy of the state application is available on the Department’s Exceptional Children website under Hot Topics. In addition, each local school district will receive a copy of the state application for public review. Comments will be accepted March 20 – April 19

Interested citizens may submit comments via email or by mail to: NCDPI, Exceptional Children Division, ATTN: Tracy Riddle/Carol Ann Hudgens, 6356 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6356.

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