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NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics Spring Leadership Conference

NCCTM’s 2019 Spring Leadership Conference will be Friday, March 22, 2019, at the Red Lion Inn in High Point. Dr. Lee Stiff of NC State University will deliver the keynote address. The conference will feature 90-minute breakout sessions.

Synergy Conference 2019

The Synergy Conference convenes hundreds of out-of-school time providers, including faith-based organizations, community colleges, universities, child advocacy groups, community entities, and other stakeholders to share insight on research-based practices, effective programs, and public policies that impact students and their overall success in school and life. Elected officials and policymakers are invited to attend in order to hear how grassroots efforts are making a difference in the local community, families, and through student achievement.

April 24-25, 2019
Koury Convention Center
Greensboro, NC

2019 Professional Educators of NC Conference (PENC)

The 2019 PENC Conference will be on May 4, 2019, in Raleigh at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel. This year’s theme is “Supercharged with STEAM.”

Attendees will earn 0.5 (digital learning) CEUs while they learn about STEAM Education. Keynote speaker Jan Hargrave, author and an expert in the field of nonverbal communication, will discuss how to become a more effective communicator.

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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

Project Learning Tree Workshops

Since 1976, Project Learning Tree has been using trees as a lens into our natural and built environments and “teaching students how to think, not what to think” about complex environmental issues. Every workshop provides CEU and EE Certification credits. The cost to attend is $20 per workshop. Registration is required by the deadline.

March 26, 2019
Environmental Education for the K-8 Educator
Guilford College, Greensboro
Registration Deadline: March 20
Questions? Email Renee Strnad at renee_strnad@ncsu.edu

April 17, 2019
Southeastern Forests and Climate Change
Walnut Creek Wetland Park, Raleigh, NC
Registration Deadline: April 11
Questions? Email Stacie Hagwood at Stacie.Hagwood@raleighnc.gov

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

Rx for Science Literacy

The Rx for Science Literacy workshop series provides K-12 educators with a unique opportunity to tour research facilities, hear from scientists about their latest research advances and take home a free curriculum and other bioscience education materials. A list of programs and dates follows.

Your Environment, Your Health: The NIEHS Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY)

The workshop will explore findings from the NIEHS Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study (GuLF STUDY), which examined the health of workers and volunteers who responded to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Research Triangle Park

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

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.

Call for Nominations: 2019 Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education

NCABR is accepting nominations for its K-16 Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education, which is designed to recognize higher education faculty and educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Those wishing to nominate an educator or themselves for the 2019 awards should submit a nomination form and supporting documents to NCABR no later than April 12, 2019. Self-nominations will be accepted.

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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Keep Our Air Clean Student Art Contest Open For Students K-12 and College

The North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC) has launched the 2nd Annual “Keep Our Air Clean” Student Art Contest, where students residing in North Carolina from kindergarten through college can submit their artwork focused on the theme of actions that individuals and families can take to reduce the amount of air pollution from vehicles.

Winners will have their artwork featured on billboards across the state to help spread the word about ways that we all can help keep the air clean!

Art submissions will be accepted through Sunday, April 28. Please submit by emailing Heather Brutz at hmbrutz@ncsu.edu.

NC Science and Engineering Fair

The 2019 NC Science and Engineering Fair will be on March 29-30, 2019 at NC State University. Participants are chosen at the regional fairs. Contact your regional fair director for details on how to participate.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student STEM Enrichment Program

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has opened its application for the 2019 Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) grant awards. SSEP supports diverse programs with a common goal: to enable primary and secondary students to participate in creative, hands-on STEM activities for K-12 students and pursue inquiry-based exploration in BWF’s home state of North Carolina. These awards provide up to $60,000 per year for three years. The application deadline is April 16, 2019.

Environmental Career Day at NC State University

NC State University’s College of Natural Resources is hosting an Environmental Career Day on March 23, 2019. This will be a fantastic, hands-on event for students to explore a wide variety of unique environmental majors at NC State and the exciting careers to which they can lead.

Who can attend?
High school students who are considering majors related to the environment are encouraged to attend. Space allowing, middle school students may also attend. All parents and chaperones are welcome, but not required.

For questions about this event, contact Alex Loflin at 919-515-8659 or cnrrecruitment@ncsu.edu

The Stock Market Game

The Stock Market Game, SMG, gives students the opportunity to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in a real-time portfolio while they compete against their peers across the state for portfolio growth. Spring Session 2019 is Feb. 4 through April 12. The year-long session continues through April 12.

  • Scholarships are available to student teams in Title I schools throughout the state of NC.
  • All students in Durham, Wake, and Orange counties may participate at no cost.

NC Zoo Living With Nature Distant Learning Series

The North Carolina Zoo is starting a distance learning event series – Living with Nature.   These distance learning events are designed for middle school and high school students. Additional pre- and post-activities and videos will be offered to go along with the event on the Zoo’s website. Each event meets several of the North Carolina Essential Standards.

All events are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Dates and topics are listed below.

  • International Wildlife Conservation – March 26
  • Animal Behavior & Biology – May 1

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.