September 28, 2016 e-News


In This Issue...

  1. Renew Today to Win a Classroom Makeover!
  2. Fall 2016 Voice - Special Election Edition
  3. PENC Partners with AMBA to Provide Additional Benefits
  4. Hope Street Group North Carolina Teacher Network Survey
  5. Beginning Teacher Leadership Network
  6. Education Matters Premieres Sunday, October 2nd
  7. Exciting Opportunities

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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.

Fall 2016 Voice - Special Election Edition

The fall 2016 Special Election Edition of The Voice is here, featuring feedback regarding education from Governor, Lt. Governor, State Superintendent and Treasurer candidates. This edition also features voter resources, upcoming PENC opportunities and more!

PENC Partners with AMBA to Provide Additional Benefits

PENC recently partnered with Association Member Benefits Advisors (AMBA) to provide our members with additional benefits. Click the banner below to register as a PENC member on the AMBA website in order to access benefits including life insurance, home health care, medicare supplement plans, numerous merchant discounts (technology, travel, etc) and more!

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

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].

Education Matters Premieres Sunday, October 2nd

Public School Forum's new weekly television show Education Matters premieres this Sunday, October 2nd at 11:30 AM on WRAL-TV. You can set your DVRs now - the program listing is now in most searchable guides such as Time Warner Cable, DIRECTV, AT&T Uverse, etc. The full episodes will also be available online at, click Education Matters box, and on, search Education Matters. We’re taping our very first episode this coming Thursday morning and I’ll be on live during WRAL’s noon newscast the same day to talk about the new show.

Education Matters was created to provide the public with the real facts about public education in North Carolina and engage them in efforts to strengthen our schools. Each week will have a central theme or main topic. The first show focuses on the challenges in the teacher pipeline, examining the declining enrollment in teacher preparation programs and increase in teacher turnover. It will explore the issues with the Deans of the Schools of Education from NC State and UNC-Wilmington and talk with two teachers, one a beginning teacher (PENC Presidential Appointee, Trey Ferguson) and the other a 13 year veteran, to hear their perspectives on what we should be doing as a state to make teaching more attractive to young people. In addition to the main topic, the show will also cover key headlines in education and spotlight great leadership in NC schools each week.

If you’re on social media, you can engage with Education Matters on Twitter by following @NCEdmatters as well as the Forum’s primary Twitter handle @theNCForum. We’re also using hashtag #NCEdmatters. On Facebook, you can “like” the Public School Forum page at and the Education Matters show page That way you’ll get info about the show and other education/Forum news of interest on your timeline.

Exciting Opportunities

World Teacher's Day - Appreciation Flash Mob in Raleigh

Coinciding with World Teachers’ Day, Day of Gratitude is hosting Raleigh’s first Appreciation Flash Mob to honor area Teachers for their contributions to us as individuals and to our community.  Everyone is invited to attend. 

This Appreciation Flash Mob is a fun and fast positive public demonstration during which we will carry signs and banners that say such things as “Thank You,” “We appreciate you,” “Teachers ROCK,” etc. as we stand or walk around the sidewalks of City Plaza in downtown Raleigh for about 30 minutes.

TEACHERS educate us, inspire us, challenge us, encourage us. They empower us to live our potential.  They influence and impact our communities and our world through each student they teach.   Day of Gratitude’s Appreciation Flash Mob shines a light on TEACHERS and the countless contributions they make to our communities through their work.

More information about Day of Gratitude is below.  You can also learn more at and

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] or [email protected] with any questions about the program.

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