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Call for Participation: Accelerator 2020

The NC School of Science and Mathematics is excited to invite you to propose a course (or two or three) for is Summer Accelerator 2020 Program. Operating on three campuses and with three age groups, the Accelerator programming will run six weeks this summer. Instructors will be paid for prep and instruction.

Bridging the Gap

The eighth annual Bridging the Gap: Uniting North Carolina K-16 STEM Education conference in Raleigh will be October 22-23, 2019. The goal of the conference is to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina and bring together educators, business leaders, government officials and others who play a role in STEM education to share ideas and resources.

2019 NC Science Teachers Association (NCSTA) Professional Development Institute

The NCSTA Professional Development Institute is celebrating 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. The conference will be Nov. 14 – 15, 2019 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem.

2019 NC Science Leadership Association: Science Leadership Summit

Due to the increasing interest in the many applications of Digital Learning to strengthen understanding and increase achievement for science students, NCSLA is devoting its Fall Summit to “Digital Learning for All”. The annual meeting will be from 12:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Bowman-Gray Center for Medical Education in Winston-Salem. Register by Oct. 11 to receive early bird pricing.

2019 State Mathematics Conference

This year’s theme for the NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM) State Mathematics Conference is “Developing Mathematical Mindsets for All.” The conference will be Nov. 7-8, 2019 at the Koury Convention Center in Greensboro.

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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Rx for Science Literacy

Cell Biology and Cancer

This one-day workshop has been scheduled on Monday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Duke University in Durham. It is based on a curriculum that addresses the development and impact of cancer and the research that has guided public health policies and medical interventions that are helping prevent, treat and cure the disease. It also focuses on the relationship between biomedical research and the improvement of personal and public health.

Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms

The one-day workshop has been scheduled on Monday, Dec. 2, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Duke University in Durham. It is based on a curriculum that addresses misconceptions about sleep, variations among individuals’ sleep and wake cycles, the two major states of sleep, NREM and REM, and how sleep loss negatively impacts society and health. It also focuses on the various factors that can lead to sleep disorders and treatments.


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.

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.

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.