October 21, 2016 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Grants
  2. Renew Today to Win a Classroom Makeover
  3. Early Voting Began October 20th
  4. Upcoming Workshops
  5. ESSA and State Health Plan Sessions Rescheduled
  6. Hope Street Group North Carolina Teacher Network Survey
  7. Beginning Teacher Leadership Network
  8. Exciting Opportunities

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your colleagues!  

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief Grants

Our thoughts are with all of those recently affected by Hurricane Matthew. In order to restore some of the classroom and school resources lost in the damage of flooding across our state, we are offering Disaster Relief Grants of up to $500 for PENC members. We hope that through these grants we can help recover lost resources at the schools or in the classrooms of many of our members.

Click HERE to apply.

Renew Today to Win a Classroom Makeover!

Renew your PENC membership for the 2016-17 school year before October 31st and automatically be entered to win one of four $250 classroom makeover giveaways!

Click HERE to renew now!

If you have not yet renewed your membership, this will be the last eNews you receive.

Early Voting Began October 20th

Early voting in North Carolina is from October 20-November 5. You all as educators and your communities and schools in North Carolina are significantly impacted by those who are elected as Governor, Lt. Governor, State Treasurer, State Superintendent of Public Instruction and your State Senate and House Representatives. We encourage you to take time to do your homework and learn about the candidates before casting your vote. Please visit our Voter Resources page and check out our Special Election Edition of The Voice below to be sure you make an informed decision at the polls.

Upcoming Workshops

We have several upcoming opportunities for you to attend a National Board or PASTEL Workshop. You can register by clicking the available dates below.

PASTEL Workshop - The purpose of Parents and Schools Together to Enhance Learning (PASTEL) is to assist parents with using feasible, evidence-based reading activities in the home. 
Registration fee: $15 - PENC members and $25 - non-members. Click HERE to join or renew.

National Board Workshops are FREE to all educators, so please feel free to pass this along to your colleagues, school administrator and central office coordinator for staff development.

Please visit www.pencweb.org/workshops for more information.

ESSA and State Health Plan Sessions Rescheduled

ESSA Public Comment Session for Fayetteville & Tarboro Rescheduled

The public comment sessions scheduled for Fayetteville and Tarboro to receive feedback from educators, parents, students and other stakeholders on the state’s K-12 Education Plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) have been canceled due to the impact of Hurricane Matthew in these communities.

The Fayetteville ESSA public comment session was scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Long Hill Elementary School. The Tarboro ESSA public comment session was scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Tarboro High School.

The sessions will be rescheduled with advance notice provided. The remaining public comment sessions will take place as scheduled:

*  Oct. 24, Waynesville: Tuscola High School, Auditorium, 564 Tuscola School Road, Waynesville.
*  Oct. 25, Burlington: Career and Technical Education Center, 2550 Buckingham Road, Burlington.

The sessions will be held from 5-7 p.m. Anyone may attend a session in any region. Audience members who want to speak (up to 3 minutes) should sign in by 5:15 p.m. at each session and are invited (but not required) to bring a copy of their remarks to submit into the record of the event. A recording and notes from each session also will be taken.

In addition, the public is invited to submit comments to NCDPI through Let’s Talk. Simply click on the Let’s Talk link on the NCDPI website and select the ESSA dialog topic when prompted.

State Health Plan's Medicare Primary Outreach Session Rescheduled

Please be advised the State Health Plan’s Medicare Primary Outreach event scheduled for Monday, 10/24/16, at the Southeastern Agriculture Center in Robeson County (Lumberton) has been cancelled.  FEMA is taking over the facility for their use.  The facility will post notices at the location and we will be posting information on our website and sending out emails to those who RSVP’d with a valid email.  Those who may be interested in attending another event may want to attend our Fayetteville event being held on 10/25 from 9 to 11.

The Fayetteville location is:

Holiday Inn Fayetteville I-95
1944 Cedar Creek Road
Fayetteville, NC 28312

Hope Street Group North Carolina Teacher Network Survey

Teachers are asked to take ten minutes to complete the Hope Street Group North Carolina Teacher Voice Network survey before October 18th HERE. Topics relate to the North Carolina Working Conditions Survey and the 2016-2017 State Board of Education Strategic Plan. Results will be shared in February 2017, along with helpful recommendations based on your input that can be used at the school, district, or state level.  You can see the recommendations from previous surveys here and here.

Beginning Teacher Leadership Network

The Public School Forum's Beginning Teacher Leadership Network is accepting applications for the 2016-17 school year for Mecklenburg, Wake, and Union counties. Application links are available online at https://www.ncforum.org/beginning-teacher-leadership-network/.

The Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN) offers early-career teachers (1-3 years) the chance to continue their development as classroom instructors while learning how to advocate for the educational profession. Participants in BTLN meet regularly to improve their classroom practice, network with one another, and learn about state and local education policy. It offers beginning teachers the chance to grow in their pedagogical practice, as well as bolster their impact beyond the classroom. BTLN implements specific interventions to retain beginning teachers by fostering their leadership ability and leveraging the skills of veteran teachers. It is completely voluntary and intended as a supplement to the required professional development delivered by the local education agency. It takes a three-pronged approach to teacher-leadership by focusing on the areas of education policy and advocacy, cross-curricular collaboration, and professional development.

More questions? Check out THIS video about the BTLN or contact Forum Program Director James Ford at [email protected].

Exciting Opportunities

November STEM Weekend in Raleigh

register and reserve your hotel rooms for the National NOBCChE STEM Weekend events on November 9-12, 2016.  This year’s national events will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center in North Carolina.  We are calling for students, science educators, and volunteers!

Participation is free and registration is open on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Spaces are filling up fast, and we want make sure you have a spot.The first 30 teachers to register will be entered into a raffle. Participants will also receive certificate for participation.

Activities will include:

The Teacher Workshop Series is designed to hone your skills as a transformational teacher. Each session is designed to help you build students’ capacity; through developing skills and structures that fosters their understanding.E We have devised an array of practices that will help inform every lesson within any curriculum or instructional best practice.  This workshop series is sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).  Click here for more information.

You can visit the event website at nobccheSTEMwkd.com for the latest schedule. The deadline for the special hotel rate, is approaching fast.

Open Position: Network to Transform Teaching Site Director

Please click HERE for a description for the Network for Transforming Teaching (NT3) Site Director Position. For more information on NT3 go to  http://www.nbpts.org/getting-board-certified.

  • Title: Network for Transforming Teaching Site Director
  • Term- present through fall of 2018
  • Experience: Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, and current National Board Certification. At least five years of professional experience required.
  • Issue date: October 10, 2016
  • Closing date: October 31, 2016
  • Start date: November or as soon as possible
  • Other: Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and three (3) letters of reference by October 31, 2016, by 5:00 pm to [email protected]

SECU Summer Cash Account

State Employees Credit Union offers a "Summer Cash account" designed for school employees who are not paid all 12 months of the year. This program allows customers to save money during the school year from each paycheck, which will then be transferred automatically into an account of their choice during summer months. Click HERE to learn more!

Humanities Extension Program

North Carolina State University is currently looking for K-12 teachers across the state to participate in our Humanities Extension Program for the 2016-2017 school year. The Humanities Extension Program allows NC State University professors to come to K-12 classes and present on a topic related to Humanities and Social Sciences topics that is currently being taught in the classroom. More information and a sign up form can be found HERE. Please feel free to email Jackie Parker at [email protected]ncsu.edu or [email protected] with any questions about the program.

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