NC Council of Teachers of Mathematics – Central Regional Conference

This year’s theme is “Collaboration, Support, Success – NC Math, A Great Team!” Registration is FREE for all participants. There will be 45-minute sessions focusing on mathematics for all grade levels.

Interested speakers should submit proposals by Feb. 28.

Saturday March 18, 2017
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
UNC-Greensboro, School of Education Building
1300 Spring Garden St., Greensboro, NC 27412

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Educator of Excellence Institutes

Applications are being accepted for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Educators of Excellence Institutes.

Yellowstone National Park: June 17–25, 2017
Participating educators will study and experience the wonders of the world’s first national park.

Tropical Ecology Institute: July 25–Aug. 1, 2017
Participants will experience several tropical habitats, including coral reefs, mangrove swamps, and rain forests.

2017 Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience

This two-week professional development program (July 10-21, 2017), hosted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is designed to enhance high school science teachers’ understanding of basic research in biomedical sciences and enable them to transfer knowledge received from this program into classroom applications.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 17, 2017.

RX for Science Literacy series: Chemicals, the Environment, and You

This workshop is based on a curriculum developed by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. The curriculum focuses on the science of toxicology to help students understand the relationship between chemicals in the environment and human health. It also conveys the influence of chemicals on the health of living organisms.

Wednesday, Feb. 22
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Research Triangle Park, N.C.

Visit NC School of Science and Math for a day of demonstrations and inspiration

The NC School of Science and Math invites teachers, administrators, and education advocates  for a Learning Tour, a behind-the-scenes visit to the Durham campus. Tours are scheduled for March 14.

Learning Tours include demonstrations and discussions of technology and curriculum led by faculty members, sometimes with student participation, on topics such as:

Global understanding: How to create real-time interactive video classroom with students in the U.S. and China
Maker space demonstrations in our new fabrication lab
Student engagement in the mathematics classroom: Modeling, manipulatives, and more
Hands-on with the Internet of Things: Sensors, robots, microcontrollers and the curriculum materials that come with them, for STEM classrooms
Library design and resources for today’s students
Videoconferencing classes and STEM enrichment activities.
We assess a site visit fee to cover the cost of lunch for all participants as well as visit coordination:

• $25 per person (paid at least two weeks in advance of the tour)

• $35 per person (paid less than two weeks in advance of the tour)

2016-17 Rx for Science Literacy

The What, Where, How and Why of Health Science Research

Tuesday, March 21
Duke University, Durham
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

LiftOff 2017 Summer Institute: Starry Night

LiftOff emphasizes STEM learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. The institute will take place in Texas June 26-30 and is open to educators who teach grades 4-12. The deadline to apply is April 14.

Teacher participants are provided with information and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others. The all expenses paid workshop includes hotel, meals, tours, and travel for teachers to attend for the week.

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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NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center Awards

NC SMT opened nominations for the NC Science, Mathematics and Technology Education Center Awards. The annual awards recognize individuals and groups who made exemplary contributions to SMT during the year, promoting the mission of the SMT center. There are nine awards accepting nominations.

Call for Submissions for NCABR K-16 STEM Teaching Award

The NC Association for Biomedical Research bestows its Distinguished Teaching Award in STEM Education to one or more recipients in the field of K–16 STEM education each year. The awards are designed to recognize educators at the elementary, middle and high school levels, and higher education faculty who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Completed nomination forms must be received by March 31, 2017.

Each award consists of:

  • Complimentary registration to the current year’s Bridging the Gap STEM education conference (registrations will be refunded for awardees who register and pay in advance);
  • $500 cash prize;
  • 1-year NCABR Individual Membership;
  • Recognition and award presentation at the Bridging the Gap conference; and Letter of recognition to the awardee’s administration.

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.

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Goodnight Scholars LEGO Brick Build

The theme is HEROES, so build the best rendition of the Bat Cave, Superman’s cape, the Joker’s flower, or anything else you can come up with! There will be prizes for first place, second place, and kids’ choice and everyone gets a free t-shirt and pizza!

The event will in Carmichael Gym on March 25, 2017. Please plan to arrive at 11:30 a.m.

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.