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Public School Forum Eggs & Issues Breakfast 2019

The Public School Forum of North Carolina will hold its 5th Annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. This event will include the release of the Public School Forum’s Top 10 Education Issues for 2019 and a special taping of its weekly TV show “Education Matters” featuring an All-Star panel of students and educators.

Breakfast will start at 7:30 a.m. and the program will begin at 8 a.m. at the Marbles Kids Museum at 201 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh.

Edcamp NC Museum of Art 2019

Collaborate and connect through an “unconference” approach to professional development. Participants create, lead, and attend sessions on arts integration that are responsive to educators’ needs and interests. The event is scheduled at 10 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2019, at the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh and is open to educators from all grade levels and subject areas. For more information, contact Jill Taylor by email jill.taylor@ncdcr.gov or phone at (919) 664-6748.

Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES) 2019

Starting in 2018, the Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA) and the Home Base Symposium merged to become the Connecting Communities of Education Stakeholders Conference (CCES). The theme for the 2019 conference will be Innovative Pathways to Personalized Learning. The event will be March 18-21, 2019 at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel
& Koury Convention Center at 3121 West Gate City Boulevard in Greensboro.

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

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2019 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience

High school science teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2019 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience, a two-week professional development program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The program will run from Monday, July 8, to Friday, July 19 (excluding Saturday and Sunday), from 8:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. each day. STaRS participants are expected to attend the full two-week program. Participants will conduct biomedical research investigations in laboratories and will learn from NIEHS scientists and guest speakers from local universities about various issues in biomedical and environmental sciences. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

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

2019 Educators of Excellence Institutes

Want to explore the rainforest canopy? Observe wolves in the wild? Experience indigenous Amazon cultures? Learn about the geology of geysers and hot springs? Join the Museum of Natural Sciences in Yellowstone or Peru this summer on one of its 2019 Educators of Excellence Institutes! Applications are due March 4!

Yellowstone Institute
Yellowstone National Park, WY, and MT
June 15-24, 2019
Cost: $950

Participating educators will study and experience the wonders of the world’s first national park. The daily program will include field experiences, opportunities to meet with park staff and other experts, and activities designed to help integrate your experiences into the classroom.

Amazon Institute
Amazon rainforest near Iquitos, Peru
July 9-19, 2019
Cost: $1400

Educators will spend nine days learning about the native flora, fauna, and cultural history as they explore on foot and by boat along the Amazon and Napo rivers near Iquitos, Peru. The daily program will include practical field experiences, basic local natural history, and easily duplicated techniques for teaching natural sciences in the classroom.

Teacher Workshops at NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher

Growing Up WILD

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019

This six-hour workshop is primarily for educators who work with children ages 3-7 including early childhood and classroom educators, homeschool teachers and park rangers. Participants trained in Growing Up WILD will receive a free activity guide and are eligible for Criteria I credit of NC OEE Environmental Education Certification and school teachers receive CEU credit. Homework option available. This workshop and all materials are free, but there is a $10 registration fee that will be refunded when the participant attends the workshop.

Sea Turtle Exploration

9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019

Sea Turtle Exploration is a curriculum to help educators engage students in the fundamentals of STEAM through ready-to-use, standards-based lesson plans, and sea turtles. Topics include species profiles, aquarium staff spotlights, behind the scenes videos, new lesson plans and more. Aligned with the new Common Core standards, your class will be able to “adopt” a turtle and learn about its care and growth.

The cost is $25 and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the aquarium and access to the curriculum. The Oak Island Beach Preservation Society will pay the registration fee for any Brunswick County Educators.

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.

Regenerative Medicine

In partnership with Duke University, this one-day workshop features an overview of NCABR’s regenerative medicine curriculum plus updates from biomedical scientists about the real-world applications of regenerative medicine research underway at Duke University. Participants will receive a free copy of NCABR’s highly acclaimed Rx for Science Literacy curriculum manual, which contains the featured regenerative medicine curriculum.
Monday, March 18, 2019
Duke University, Durham
8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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 Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders


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.

2019 NIEHS Science, Teachers and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience

High school science teachers are encouraged to apply for the 2019 NIEHS Science, Teachers, and Research Summer (STaRS) Experience. STaRS is a two-week professional development (PD) program, designed and conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019.

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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Geospatial Applications high school program

The NC State Center for Geospatial Analytics and Friday Institute for Educational Innovation have partnered on a free program for high school students in the Triangle area to learn about geospatial technologies and careers. The program is called GAPS, Geospatial Applications for Problem Solving. It runs for eight Saturdays starting March 2 and is open to eighth through twelfth-graders from all backgrounds. We are particularly seeking students from groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM. The application deadline for students is Feb. 20, 2019. Space is limited to 20 participants.

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.

  • Green Practices-Jan. 23
  • North Carolina Wildlife Conservation – Feb. 27
  • International Wildlife Conservation – March 26
  • Animal Behavior & Biology – May 1
Project Drawdown Teen Summit
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 2, 2019
UNC Institute for the Environment
100 Europa Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27517Limited travel scholarships are available (see application for details)
A zero waste, a vegetarian lunch, and snacks will be provided! During this summit, students will learn about Drawdown from Crystal Chissell, VP of Operations and Engagement for Project Drawdown, and will explore the top 10 solutions outlined in the book through a mixture of presentations and hands-on activities. Participants will also learn about NWEI’s Drawdown EcoChallenge and receive guidance for either actively leading or joining a team for the April 3-24, 2019 EcoChallenge. Participants will receive a paperback copy of Drawdown.

2019 EngineerGirl Writing Contest

Write a story that celebrates engineering design and problem-solving.

The EngineerGirl writing contest is, for the first time, asking students to submit works of creative fiction.

EngineerGirl is seeking stories about women and girls saving the day with their wits, skill, and whatever resources they can find to solve the problem. Maybe they are working alone, maybe they are part of an elite team. Maybe they just find themselves in an unusual situation that requires some innovative thinking.

To enter the contest:
Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.

There are three basic rules:

Your main character must be female.

Your main character must use engineering design principles to solve a problem – she cannot use or rely on magic or supernatural powers.

Your story must be under the word limit for your grade level, which is listed below.

  • Elementary (grades 3-5): 800 words.
  • Middle School (grades 6-8): 1100 words.
  • High School (grades 9-12): 1500 words.

The deadline is Feb. 1, 2019. All stories must be original work.

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.