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Bridging the Gap: Call for Presentations and Posters

The eighth annual Bridging the Gap: Uniting North Carolina K-16 STEM Education conference in Raleigh on October 22-23, 2019 is accepting proposals for presentations and posters.

This opportunity is open to K-12 educators and administrators, higher education faculty and students, and those representing nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and other STEM groups. Presenters will have an opportunity to address topics ranging from starting and expanding a STEM program, to showcasing innovative and engaging STEM education resources. The deadline to submit is June 14, 2019.

NC Science Teachers Association: Call for proposals

The NC Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) invites educators to share their expertise with science teachers across the state as it celebrates 50 years! In addition to a full array of sessions in all sciences, NCSTA is seeking presenters for three strands: Digital Literacy, Problem Based Learning, and Climate Science Literacy. Presenters at all grade levels are encouraged to submit a proposal. The application deadline is June 30, 2019.

NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics: Call for proposals

The NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics is accepting proposals for its 2019 State Mathematics Conference. This year’s theme is “Developing Mathematical Mindsets for All.” The deadline to submit is July 1, 2019.

SciREN Triangle and Educator Open House

The SciREN Triangle Networking Event and Museum Open House is an information exchange night just for educators. This special night invites scientists and teachers from the Triangle/Piedmont region to interact in a relaxed environment. The event showcases the wide array of Museum programs and opportunities for both teachers and students available on- and offsite. This year’s event has been scheduled on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, from 5:30  to 8:30 p.m.

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The Root Collaborative Summer Institute 2019

Responsive Classrooms: The Meeting of Mindset and Behavior

This innovative two-day conference will bring together educators from across the region to uncover the roots of a responsive classroom.

July 15-16, 9 AM- 4 PM
Invest Collegiate: Transform
Charlotte, NC

Teacher-Centered Coaching: Meeting Teachers Where They are and Taking Them Where They Need to Go

This hands-on, one day workshop will bring together passionate education professionals from across the region to develop their coaching skills.

July 19, 9 AM- 4 PM
Invest Collegiate: Transform
Charlotte, NC

EPA’s Air Quality Workshop for Educators

Teachers, pre-service teachers, environmental educators, and education specialists are invited to attend this FREE interactive, hands-on Air Quality Workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9-10, 2019 at EPA/RTP Campus at 109 T.W. Alexander Drive, Durham.

Topics and activities

  • Learn how EPA manages air quality in the U.S. and a report on North Carolina’s air quality
  • Identify environmental health effects and risks
  • Explore Carbon Footprints and Sustainability
  • Learn about EPA’s Air Quality Flag Program for Schools

Sustainable Forestry Teachers Experience

Discover the forests in our state, and learn about the wood products industry! Educators apply online to the program. Accepted participants will have two weeks to pay a one-time registration fee of $50. The workshop is geared towards formal and non-formal STEM professionals with an emphasis on 3rd-12th-grade science educators.

  • Piedmont: Southern Pines, North Carolina June 17-20, 2019
  • Coastal Plains: New Bern, North Carolina June 24-27, 2019
  • Mountain: Asheville, North Carolina July 22-25, 2019

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.

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2019 NC Museum of Natural Science PBL Fellowship

The deadline to apply for a 2019-20 PBL Fellowship is Nov. 15, 2019. If accepted, you will join a cohort of dynamic and innovative teachers of grades K-12 to implement Project Based Learning (PBL) in your classroom. During a four-month fellowship that includes a weekend field experience focused on the longleaf pine forest in eastern NC and training and mentorship in PBL by experienced educators, PBL Fellows will develop an issues-based case study (integrated thematic unit) that applies best practices of PBL to the standards that you teach.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN) is accepting applications from middle and high school teachers for its summer RET program: Atomic Scale Design and Engineering. Up to eleven teachers will be selected to participate in research in nanoscale science and engineering labs at NC State, Duke, or UNC-Chapel Hill or in industry. Participants will also design and share curricular materials to use in the classroom

The program lasts for five weeks, June 17 – July 19, with follow up during the academic year. Teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend for their work with additional funding available for curricular materials and travel for lesson plan/curriculum dissemination. The program is for US citizens only and teachers must participate for the entire period of the program.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. It is recommended that all materials be submitted by June 1, 2019. Applications will be considered until all positions are filled.

NC Governor’s Educator Discovery Award

NC educators are encouraged to apply for the second cycle of the Governor’s Educator Discovery Award, which will provide a stipend of up to $1,000 for preK-12 traditional public and public charter school educators to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing. Teachers can use the grant award to attend a workshop or conference that deepens their subject area knowledge, such as a coding workshop for computer science teachers, or a session on how to create a project-based learning experience for students.

Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program

Apply now to participate in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short-Term Program in Mexico, Uganda, or Uzbekistan! The program provides an opportunity for outstanding K–12 U.S. teachers to take part in a two- to six-week professional development experience overseas during summer 2019. The three countries mentioned above are looking for American K-12 education specialists in STEM, ICT, and TESOL to share their knowledge and expertise with local teachers.

NC Bright Ideas Grants

Each year, electric cooperatives across NC award more than $600,000 in Bright Ideas education grant funding for innovative classroom projects. Learn more or apply at 

Formlabs 3D Printing Grants

Are you part of an educational institution that is working on a project at the cutting edge of technology and research? The Formlabs Education Grant is an opportunity for educational labs to receive a Form 2 for their research facility by sharing a project that will benefit from the use of a 3D printer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded at one lab or educational facility per quarter.

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NC School of Science and Mathematics Summer Accelerator

Accelerator 10th-12th

Accelerator courses for rising10-12th graders are conducted over three weeks. The first two weeks of each course take place virtually, at the student’s own pace. One week of each course takes place on NCSSM’s Durham campus. The first two weeks of each course take place virtually, at the student’s own pace. One week of each course takes place on NCSSM’s Durham campus.

Early Accelerator 7th-9th

Early Accelerator courses are each a one week-long session that begins on Sunday afternoon and culminates on Friday afternoon. There is no online component to the Early Accelerator courses. When you apply, you have the opportunity to choose a first and second choice. You will have the chance to choose one course for each week should you wish to apply for more than one course over the summer. The fee for Early Accelerator is $1,495. Applications for summer 2018 are open.

IBM Digital Business Group Summer 2018 Internship

The Digital Business Group internship is designed to give high school/pre-college students the opportunity to develop the skills, experiences, and networks that are critical to launching a career in the STEM field.

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.