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June 26, 2015 E-News


In This Issue...

  1. Deadlines Approaching!
  2. Spring/Summer Edition of The Voice
  3. Summer Discounts and Deals
  4. New Offerings Coming Soon!
  5. Member News
  6. Exciting Opportunities

Please feel free to forward this newsletter to your colleagues! 

Deadlines Approaching!

Young Artists Competition

PENC is still accepting submissions for our 9th annual Young Artists Competition! The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina’s teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges during the summer. The pieces will be duplicated for display in our Raleigh office, on the PENC website and may be used in future publications. The six winning entrants will receive an award of $50.00 and a certificate of achievement from PENC. The teachers will be presented with a certificate and gift bag at the fall 2015 Executive Board Meeting. 

The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines. The deadline for submissions is July 24, 2015. Please visit our Young Artists Competition page for more submission guidelines.

New Teacher Grants

The summer deadline for PENC New Teacher Grants is July 31, 2015! New Teacher Grants are available to members in their first three years of practice who demonstrate a need for instructional supplies. PENC will award sixteen $250 grants. Grant applications require teachers to make a proposal in 300 words or less, explaining how the $250 will be used for instructional materials that will have a direct impact on student learning. PENC encourages applicants to propose innovative ways to utilize instructional materials that actively engage students. Teachers from all areas of practice are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, please visit our Scholarships and Grants page. 

Spring/Summer Edition of The Voice

Browse through our Spring/Summer edition of The Voice to learn about new offerings from PENC, our Annual Meeting, scholarship and grant recipients, and much more!

Summer Discounts and Deals

Front Street Inn Helps Education

We are very excited to announce a NEW discount to our members. PENC will soon be partnering with Helps Education Fund and the Front Street Inn to provide you with a lodging discount through an initiative called "Front Street Inn Helps Education." Visit the Front Street Inn in Wilmington, NC and let them know that you are a PENC member to receive a nightly discount. In addition to staying in a beautiful, historic bed and breakfast inn on the river, you'll receive information and swag from PENC and Helps Education Fund. Keep an eye out for an email with more details about this discount. Until then, learn more about the Front Street Inn on their website.

Summer Attractions

  • Biltmore Estate
  • Busch Gardens
  • Carowinds
  • Dollywood
  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • King's Dominion
  • SeaWorld
  • Six Flags
  • Universal Studios
  • Walt Disney World
  • Wet 'n Wild Emerald Point

Visit our Discounts and Deals page to see a complete list of offerings!

New Offerings Coming Soon!

Beginning the 2015-2016 membership year, PENC will be expanding our offerings to members thanks to two exciting partnerships!

We have partnered with ExplorNet's Quality Teaching & Learning Centers to provide an array of workshops and tips for beginning teachers. Please keep an eye out on our website and in publications for more information.

PENC is also excited to announce our new partnership with NCCAT! We will be offering a new NCCAT "Subs On Us" Grant that will cover the cost of a substitute while you attend a program at one of NCCAT's facilities. More information will be available online this summer at

Member News

Congratulations to PENC member and art teacher at Broadway Elementary, Wendy Bryant Motley, on being named Lee County Schools 2015 Teacher of the Year! Read more about Ms. Bryant Motley's accomplishments here.

Exciting Opportunities

 NCCAT Honored Educator Scholarship Program

NCCAT’s Honored Educator Scholarship (HES) program pays tribute to outstanding educators and individuals by providing scholarship funds in their names. Scholarship funds can be named in honor of classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, school board members, or community volunteers—anyone whose teaching or influence in public education has made a positive difference in the lives of others. Scholarships are based on criteria determined by the scholarship benefactor. For more information and to apply, click here

NC Charter School Conference

The NC Public Charter Schools Association invites you to its 2015 North Carolina Charter Schools Conference this July 19-21 in Durham, NC. You may have the “member” registration fee by going here and selecting the $149 rate and paying online. There will be over 100 schools represented at this conference and many opportunities to meet and network with potential employers. You will also learn about charters in the event that you choose to start a charter yourself. There will be training on how to complete a charter application!

PENC will provide a complimentary 2015-2016 PENC membership to the first 5 members that recruit 5 Charter School Conference participants. All you have to do is email your name along with the 5 recruits that will be attending the conference to [email protected].

July Professional Learning Day for Teachers

Teachers are invited to register for an upcoming professional learning day on Friday, July 17, 2015 called “Teachers Leading from the Classrooms through Action Research.” Thanks to careful use of RTTT grant funds, NCDPI is able to offer teachers:

  • $165 stipend for 10-month classroom teachers
  • A Certificate of Attendance
  • The opportunity to learn firsthand from practicing teachers who will share the strategies and outcomes they developed by conducting action research in their classrooms
  • A method of problem-solving for instructional improvement (Action Research) used by The Governor’s Teacher Network (GTN) teachers
  • An opportunity to connect with colleagues to think systematically and critically about student learning
  • Dedicated time and space to network with colleagues over a catered lunch

The event will be held at the Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Guest Speaker is Keana C. Triplett, 2015 NC Teacher of the Year.

Register no later than Friday, July 10th at

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