The GE Foundation High School STEM Integration Conference

The GE Foundation in partnership with NSTA is pleased to announce a High School STEM Integration Conference at the Kennedy Space Center at NASA in Cocoa Beach, Florida, on July 10–14, 2017. This conference is designed to explore effective practices in high school STEM education to assist educators, schools and districts in creating a vision and plan for an integrated STEM education for all students.

GE Foundation Leadership Summit: Leadership for the Future

Join the GE Foundation for a three-day Leadership Summit that will focus on cultivating educators’ leadership skills in order to prepare our students for the changing world of tomorrow. Together, 500 educators from across the country will convene to think about leadership skill development, innovative thinking, and organizational transformation on July 17-19, 2017 at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Bridging the Gap

The application process is open to give a presentation and/or participate in the poster session at Bridging the Gap 2017. This year’s conference has been scheduled on Oct. 24-25, 2017 at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Presenters are asked to share resources and best-practices in STEM education. Presentations should be interactive and engaging and should foster collaboration between North Carolina’s K-16 STEM education communities. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 15, 2017.

2017: 67th Conference on Exceptional Children

The Exceptional Children Division of the NC Department of Public Instruction is committed to increasing the performance of students with disabilities. It is critical that all who have a stake in impacting the lives of our students – parents/families, special education teachers, related service personnel, psychologists, regular education teachers, administrators – collaborate to help them thrive each day and into the future.

Nov.  15 – 17, 2017
Koury Convention Center, Greensboro

2017 SciREN Triangle Networking Event

The free SciREN Triangle networking event provides a networking opportunity for educators and researchers. At SciREN events, scientists share K-12 classroom-ready lesson plans that are based on their current research and adhere to state and national educational standards. Additionally, SciREN gives scientists and educators opportunities to arrange classroom visits and to collaborate on curriculum development.

Sept. 21, 2017
NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

NC Science Teachers Association 47th Professional Development Institute

The 2017 NCSTA Professional Development Institute will be Oct. 19-20 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro. This year’s theme is “Modeling STEM: Ingenuity at Work!” – Improving Science knowledge with three strands:

Strand 1:  “Mastering science material through technology and innovation” will consist of promoting the best science classroom practices through technology.

Strand 2:  “Science review & test-taking strategies: break through to excellence”  will focus on improving learning content material

Strand 3:  “The science of design: Modeling past, present and future”  will provide teachers with ways to incorporate different representations of science through hands-on learning.

Submit a presentation proposal before June 30!

2017 State Mathematics Conference

NCCTM’s 47th Annual State Math Conference! This year’s theme is “Developing a Positive Mathematical Identity.” The event will be Nov. 2-3 at the Koury Convention Center  in Greensboro.

workshops-iconWorkshops, Seminars & Programs

Code.org Summer Workshops
STEM West and NCCET are hosting TWO Code.org summer workshops! Choose the date below and register for this free 3-hour training by the wonderful Dr. Sharon Jones in CS Fundamentals. Training is open to K-12 teachers, scout leaders, after-school providers, librarians, etc.

July 17: https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1973/enroll

July 31: https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/1974/enroll

Rx for Science Literacy

Rx for Science Literacy is partnering with Novozymes North America to present a one-day workshop, featuring FoodMASTER Middle Science, an NIH SEPA-funded resource for middle grade science classrooms. While the curriculum is intended primarily for middle grade science, its activities are scalable to meet the requirements of K-12 classrooms.

This workshop will be Thursday, August 3, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Novozymes North America in Franklinton.

Adventures in Alice Programming

Adventures in Alice Programming is a project for integrating the programming language Alice into NC middle schools and high schools. A Beginner Alice workshop has been scheduled for June 19-28, 2017 in Durham. 

Ag Biotech Industry in the Classroom 2017

For 2017, NC science, agriculture and family/consumer science educators at the middle and high school levels are invited to participate in summer workshops. The middle school workshop (July 11-13) is co-hosted by NC Farm Bureau and NCBioNetwork. The high school workshop is from July 31 –Aug 4.

The workshops include:

  • Travel stipend and/or hotel accommodations (depending upon distance traveled)
  • Gift certificate to Carolina Biological upon completion
  • Continuing education units upon completion
  • Lunch and breaks included each day
  • Tour a local farm (middle school only) and multi-national ag biotech company, connect with farmers/growers and industry reps
  • Participate in activities, lectures and discussions on biotechnology’s role in agriculture; acquire lesson plans and curriculum material for all topics.

Bring Computer Science to Your School

edcampCode: Beyond the Hour of Code Summer Workshops

The Friday Institute is offering edcampCode for teachers interested in incorporating computational thinking and computer science into their courses. The workshops will be at the Friday Institute on NC State’s Centennial Campus June 28-August 15, each day from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Water Quality
June 20-June 22, 2017

Biotechnology, marine science, and environmental science are often intertwined. In this workshop, you will discover ways to teach students all three topics at once, while sparking their interest in important societal issues.Biotech 101
June 27- 29, 2017

This workshop provides a foundation in basic biotechnology as well as innovative methods for incorporating it into existing curriculum.Explore the Faces of Ag BiotechJuly 11- July 13, 2017
Learn about Ag Biotech on the farm, in the classroom, and in industry. This hands-on workshop will include a farm tour, lesson plans, a tour of a multi-national Ag Biotech company, and discussions around biotechnology’s role in agriculture. This workshop is being offered in collaboration with NC Farm Bureau and the NC Biotechnology Center.Forensic Sciences
July 11-July 13, 2017

Do you have a foundation in biotechnology, and are you in the market for some fresh, new ideas for how to apply the concepts in your own classroom? The BioNetwork has got you covered. Regardless of your biotechnology background, you can take your biotech skills to the next level at this exciting interdisciplinary workshop.Industry Immersion: The Big IDEA 
July 18- 20, 2017
Participants will tour an advanced manufacturing site, learn a related and standards based activity for their classroom, and develop new industry based lessons/activities in a collaborative environment.

Friday Institute’s MOOC-Ed: Massive Open Online Courses for Educators

MOOC-Ed is a project of the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at the NC State College of Education. Built on research-based models of effective professional development, professional learning communities, and online communities of practice, MOOC-Ed courses focus on authentic, project-based learning, collaboration, and peer-supported learning, rather than tests and grades that are needed in other types of MOOCs.

awards-iconAwards, Fellowships & Grants

The Public School Forum is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 NC EPFP Cohort!

The Public School Forum has led the North Carolina Education Policy Fellowship Program since 1992, and it has continued to be the only statewide program of its kind that focuses on leadership and professional development in the context of education policy. Each new class continues the trend of high caliber participants and is rich in its members’ range of experiences, both professionally and personally.

EPFP Central
EPFP Central Applications are due June 30. Tuition for EPFP Central is $2850 and is paid by the individual’s sponsor organization.

EPFP West Applications are due June 30. EPFP West is made possible by a Gear Up Grant for the following counties: Graham, Clay, Swain, Burke, Ashe, Watauga, Wilkes, Alleghany, Rutherford, Madison and Yancey.

Nominate Educators for NCSTA Awards

NCSTA membership is not a requirement for nomination. Deadline for nominations is Aug. 20, 2017.

  • Outstanding Student Teacher in Science Award
  • District Outstanding Science Teacher Awards
  • Distinguished Service in Science Education in North Carolina Awards
  • Vi Hunsucker Award

Do! Awards

The Little Book of DO! outlines practical wisdom for accomplishing your goals. As the book shows, it’s not the achievement of goals that brings satisfaction as much as the journey in pursuit of goals- namely, the doing part. Moreover, DO! is the key driver of success as an action-oriented contributor in your family, workplace and community.

The DO! Awards are putting the book’s principles to work by helping individuals, organizations and businesses DO! great things with a $1,000 DO! Award.

NC State University is seeking K-12 teachers across the state to participate in its Humanities Extension Program for the 2016-2017 school year. The 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 being taught in the classroom. Email Jackie Parker at humanities_extension@ncsu.edu with any questions about the program.

W. W. Rankin Award Nomination

The Rankin Award is designed to recognize and honor individuals for their outstanding contributions to NCCTM and to mathematics education in North Carolina. Nominations may be submitted at any time; recipients are announced each year at the State Mathematics Conference.

students-iconStudent Programs

Materials Science Day

nterested in learning more about materials science? Come to UNC Chapel Hill on Saturday, June 17 from 10 a.m.- 4 .p.m to Materials Science Day, a free event for high school students hosted by the UNC Chapter of the Materials Research Society and Be a Maker (BEAM) Makerspace. During this event, you will have the opportunity to learn more about how to prepare for science/engineering careers, tour materials science research labs, and participate in a makerspace challenge. Lunch will be provided. Parent/guardian(s) are also invited to attend.

Last day to register is Friday, June 9.

Please email Taylor Breidenbaugh (tayb@live.unc.edu) with any questions.

NC Council on Economic Education’s Academic Competitions

For more than 40 years, the NC Council on Economic Education (NCCEE) has sponsored a number of academic competitions focusing on economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship for North Carolina students in primary and secondary schools designed to support and enhance the economic education experience. All competition winners are invited to attend regional awards banquets in the spring where their accomplishments are celebrated with their parents and teachers, as well as a number of educational leaders and prominent business leaders. Visit their website to see a list of the competitions.