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North Carolina ECET2 2017

Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teachers & Training

ECET2 NC is a convening of teachers from across North Carolina that aims to empower and connect teachers across the country to grow, collaborate, and lead in order to strengthen the teaching profession and improve student outcomes. This year’s focus will be elevating the relationships between beginning and experienced teachers and extend that relationship to help scale best practices back in each teacher’s school, district, and beyond.

Oct. 21-22, 2017
UNC-Charlotte City Center
Charlotte, NC

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.

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, 2017 at the Koury Convention Center  in Greensboro.

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

Rural Center’s 2017 Rural Assembly

Mark your calendars for the Rural Center’s 2017 Rural Assembly. Join them Nov. 16-17 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley as they take a deep dive into the topic of rural leadership and the importance of local leaders in helping rural communities chart their own course for the future. The keynote speaker this year is bestselling author, renowned chef, and television host Vivian Howard.

NC Science Teachers Association 47th Professional Development Institute

The 2017 NCSTA Professional Development Institute will be Oct. 19-20, 2017 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.

EdCamp Bull City

Join EdCamp Bull City on Jan. 27, 2018 for a morning of learning, networking and fun on the campus of Durham Academy. EdCamps are professional development opportunities by teachers, for teachers. Share what you know with others while soaking up the latest exciting ideas in education.

2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators

Audience: K-12 Educators
Event Date: July 11-13, 2018
Contact: space@amfcse.org

Save the date for the 2018 Space Port Area Conference for Educators, or SPACE, taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This conference is for K-12 educators who are U.S. citizens teaching in the United States. Experience stimulating presentations from astronauts and NASA science and engineering experts; tour Kennedy and surrounding facilities. Get ready-to-go lesson plans and creative ideas to infuse your classroom with STEM and multifaceted, space-related content.

SAVE THE DATE: NC Science Teachers Association & National Science Teachers Assoication Charlotte Area Conference

Nov. 29-Dec. 1, 2018


  • Illuminate Literacy Through Science
  • Amp Up Science Instruction
  • High-Voltage Science Strategies
  • Beyond Standards

workshops-iconWorkshops, Seminars & Programs

K-4th Workshop: Science Literacy: It All Matters!

This workshop designed to help educators strengthen English Language Arts skills through classroom science activities. All activities match the North Carolina Science and ELA Standards.

Oct. 19-20, 2017

NC Science Teachers Association PDI Sessions
Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27407

5th-8th Workshop: Assessing Understanding

This workshop will provide teachers with activities designed to bridge the gap
between teaching and formal assessment. These activities allow student and teacher to identify where there may be some misunderstanding.

Oct. 19-20, 2017

NC Science Teachers Association PDI Sessions
Koury Convention Center
3121 West Gate City Boulevard
Greensboro, NC 27407

K-12 Global Education Sympoisum 2017

Human Rights and Social Justice
Oct. 26–27, 2017
The Friday Conference Center
Cost: $175 per person, $600 for a team of four

CEU: 1.5 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of program study guide

Our global education symposium in Chapel Hill will feature short plenary talks and sessions on human rights issues to increase awareness of human rights and social justice issues and to provide pedagogical strategies and resources for integrating human rights and social justice issues into teaching.

GoodnightScholars Program Presents: “Catching The Sun: The Clean Energy Future”

Shalini Kantayya, award-winning filmmaker and eco-activist, will give a talk on “Catching the Sun: The Clean Energy Fture” at the Stewart Theatre on Nov. 6, 2017. In her presentation, Kantayya will share an in-depth recollection of stories and people who are retrofitting their communities for clean energy and combating the massive technological and political challenges that lie ahead.

It’s All about the Money…and YOU

Attendees will receive a certificate for 7 hours of professional development in financial literacy. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Substitute pay for the day may be reimbursed. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited so register now.

Nov. 17, 2017
Fidelity Investments
100 New Millennium Way
Durham, NC 27709

RX for Science Literacy

Using Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing
Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017
Duke University, Durham

Participants will be introduced to principles-based bioethics in order to support their thoughtful consideration of the many social and ethical implications of genetic testing. Throughout the unit, participants are presented with a number of career options in which the tools of bioinformatics are used. This curriculum is geared for middle and high school teachers.


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

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) program is now accepting applications due Nov. 16, 2017 at 8 p.m. Eastern. The program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to serve in the national education arena. Fellows spend 11 months working in Federal agencies or in U.S. Congressional offices, applying their extensive knowledge and classroom experiences to national education program and/or education policy efforts.

Nominations open for 2017 SMT Center Awards

The NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology (SMT) Education Center offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology education are helping to advance education in North Carolina. Categories include K-8 teacher, 9-16 teacher, informal educator, administrator, student leadership as well as awards that recognize businesses and organizations that support STEM education. Educator and student award recipients receive $1,000. Recipients of the awards are honored in the spring at the Celebration of Science, Mathematics, and Technology. Nominations for the upcoming awards are due by Dec. 1, 2017.

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

2018 EngineerGirl Writing Contest

Every year, the EngineerGirl website sponsors a contest dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. This year’s theme is “Engineering and Your Community.”
All students – girls AND boys – in grades 3-12 can enter for a chance to win up to $500! The deadline to enter is Feb. 1, 2018.

Biogen Foundation Spark Video Contest

The Biogen Foundation is inviting middle and high school students to create 30-second to 3-minute videos on the topic of genetic mutations. The first 200 eligible videos submitted will win $500 for your school (up to two submissions per school)! Submissions are open through Dec. 8, 2017. Up to 20 videos will move to the voting round. The producers of these selected videos will receive an additional $1,000 for their schools, and the videos will be featured in the voting round. Finally, Grand Prize winners will receive an additional $10,000 for their schools and three GoPro video cameras for the students who created and starred in the winning videos!

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.