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February 19, 2020


It’s an election year and there are many matters on the line for our students, schools, educators, and communities. You feel it every day, you see it and your vote is your voice—you must use it.

In North Carolina, schools are directly impacted by those who are elected in the office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Gubernatorial, and Lt. Governor. While PENC neither endorses nor contributes to political campaigns, we do encourage every professional educator to learn as much as possible about them. PENC encourages you to consider the qualifications of each candidate carefully, and make an informed decision about each candidate before casting a ballot. With that goal in mind, we are going to make it easier for you to find this information so that you can #VoteYourVoice. Visit our website and social media for answers to FAQs, voter registration look up links, and more. We hope this information will be valuable to you as you decide which candidates to support in the primaries and the general election this year. Share your resources and knowledge with us using the hashtag #VoteYourVoice so we can share it with fellow educators!

Research. Register. > #VoteYourVoice

There is power in numbers, education, and VOTES! Who’s ready to join these educators #teamPENC in #VoteYourVoice #VsUP


Educators, please take a few minutes to participate in the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions Survey that takes place March 2-31, 2020. View the flyer below for more information and visit

We hope to see you at the 33rd Annual Conference for the North Carolina Council for Exceptional Children. View the flyer below for more information. 

Upcoming Workshops

National Board Workshops

We will be offering numerous FREE National Board Workshops throughout this membership year. The schedule for 2019-20 National Board workshops is below. Please click the date or register button below to register. To learn more about our National Board Workshop presenter, Dr. Glennda McKeithan, click here.

2019-20 National Board Workshop schedule:

March 14, 2020 – Eastern Wayne High School – Click HERE for details.

April 4, 2020 – Greensboro College School of Education –Click HERE for details.

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 Registration is open below.

2019-20 HELPS Workshop Schedule: 

February 22, 2020 – One-On-One Training, Raleigh, NC   Detailed flyer

March 7, 2020 – One-On-One Training, Raleigh, NC  Detailed flyer 

March 28, 2020 -One-On-One Training, Goldsboro, NC Detailed flyer 

Please visit for more information.

Scholarships & Grant Opportunities 

We are now accepting applications for the following scholarships and grants offered by PENC! Apply today!

  • NCCAT Subs on Us Grants: PENC offers grants to cover the cost of a substitute teacher for up to five school days while members attend a program at NCCAT.

  • New Teacher Grants: PENC awards $250 grants for members in their first three years of practice who demonstrate a need for instructional supplies that will have a direct impact on student learning. The deadline to submit applications is June 26, 2020.

  • National Board Scholarships:  PENC is offering four scholarships of $250 each to members who are currently working in pursuit of their initial or renewal National Board Certification. Inital |Renewal The deadline to submit applications is June 19, 2020.

Young Artists Competition – ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS!

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 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, gift bag and gift certificate for art supplies at the fall 2019 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. For more information, submission guidelines, etc please visit for submissions is 5 pm Friday, May 29, 2020.

For more information and to view the 2019 Young Artist winners and highlight reel, click HERE

Download the Young Artist Competition submission form to use with your art entry DOWNLOAD HERE.

Are You Covered in Your Classroom?

PENC strives to offer our members excellent opportunities to take advantage of with each membership year. Join PENC is the fight for education reform. Stay up-to-date with our work for the betterment of all North Carolina students and teachers. PENC serves as an affordable and viable alternative to other professional organizations in North Carolina. And, PENC remains nonpartisan, independent and state-based, with member dues remaining in North Carolina as we work to promote quality education reform. Join us—signing up is quick and easy! Your membership will be active a year from the date you join/renew! Don’t forget to check in with us to make sure that you have coverage in the classroom—signing up is quick and easy!

We Want to Hear From You!

We want to hear what’s going on in your classrooms and schools. Write in and tell us the awesome accomplishments your’re making in your school and community!

We all agree, teaching is a calling! Do you remember the first day you walked into your very first classroom and how excited or nervous you were? What advice would you give to new and incoming teachers? Use the hashtag #ThePENCImpact on social media and e will post your advice and accomplishments on our social media and website. You can also submit your PROPS! and advice to and have a chance to be featured on our website, social media and emails!


🤩PENC member, Letisha Kirby, recently graduated (December 2019) from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  She received  her master’s degree in Professional School Counseling. PROPS to you—we’re so proud of you! Everyone helps us congratulate Ms. Kirby! #OurEducatorsRock #teamPENC

»You can view more member PROPS! on our website here

Discounts & Deals PENC offers our members various discounts and deals from car rental discounts to theme park deals and more! If you are a current member, please click HERE to access the member discounts and deal information and codes. You will be prompted to enter an access code which has been sent to all members. If you cannot locate the access code, please call our office at 919-788-9299 or email Traveling soon? Save on your car rentals with your PENC membership! Click HERE to access that rental discounts and more!

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