February 12, 2019 eNews
In This Issue…

    1. PENC Conference
    2. Legislative Update
    3. Upcoming Workshops – APPROACHING!
    4. National Board Updates
    5. Young Artist Competition
    6. We Want to Hear From You!
    7. Tax Time
    8. Get Involved

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2019 PENC Conference- Register in Minutes!


May 4, 2019, Raleigh, NC is the place to be! You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity to gain new experiences with educators just like you, and take back new teaching practices to your classroom!

PENC will be hosting its 2019 Conference,“Supercharged with STEAM” on May 4, 2019, in Raleigh at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel.

We are excited to be hosting STEAM Education for professional development (earn 0.5 CEUs) and Jan Hargrave as our Keynote Speaker! View more details and registration information HERE.

Everything is better with friends! Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues. You can access a printable flyer HERE to hand out or put in your faculty break room.

Legislative Update

The North Carolina General Assembly reconvened for the 2019 Long Session on January the 30th. Republicans continue to control the North Carolina General Assembly, but not with supermajorities.  Democrat leader Roy Cooper controls the Governor’s Mansion, and his veto will have more impact this session.  PENC will be working hard with all legislators to make sure your voice is heard on the many issues that will be considered this session that impacts public education.

Click here to view our 2019-2021 Legislative Priorities.

As PENC’s Lobbyist, Bryan Holloway, will continue to keep the members of PENC updated on the major happenings of education as they occur in the North Carolina General Assembly. On Monday of last week, Bryan Holloway met with Senator Rick Horner, and we discussed many of the issues that are important to members of PENC.  One measure discussed was restoring Master’s pay for teachers, which is on the PENC priority list.  Senator Horner indicated his intentions to file a bill restoring Master’s pay, and he did so this week. The bill is Senate Bill 28, and though this is exciting news, the bill does have a long way to go before it could become law.  Remember, when you read a headline, or see the press proclaiming a bill has been filed, that does not mean it is law.  Probably less than ten percent of bills filed actually make it across the finish line.  That being said, we are pleased to see the bill filed by one of the Senate Education Chairs, and PENC will do all we can to help Senator Horner’s bill become a reality.

Our PENC lobbyist will be writing back again soon as more education news becomes available.  Mr. Holloway will always be in Raleigh when legislators are there monitoring, working on PENC issues, and reporting on activity in the North Carolina General Assembly. Thank you for what you do to help our children have the brightest possible future in North Carolina.

The full comprehensive legislative email was sent to your email earlier this week but can be found on our website under the News tab→Legislative Updates tab or click here.

Upcoming Workshops!

We have upcoming opportunities for you to attend a National Board and/or HELPS Literacy Workshop sponsored by PENC. You can register by clicking the available dates below.

National Board Workshops

We will be offering numerous FREE Please click the date below to register. To learn more about our National Board Workshop presenter, Dr. Glennda McKeithan, click here.

2018-19 National Board Workshop schedule:

February 23, 2019 – Alamance-Burlington Schools Administrative Offices – Professional Library, Burlington, NC – Click HERE for details.

March 23, 2019 – Eastern Wayne High School, Goldsboro, NC – Click HERE for details.

April 12, 2019  East Wake Academy, Zebulon, NC – Click HERE for details.

June 1, 2019 – UNC Pembroke, Pembroke, NC – Click HERE for details

HELPS Literacy Workshops

The Helping Early Literacy with Practice Strategies (HELPS) Program is an easy-to-use reading program that has been demonstrated in numerous, published research studies to improve students’ fluency and comprehension. HELPS can be implemented one-on-one or in small groups and is shown to be effective when used for only 10 minutes per day, three times per week. To learn more about HELPS, please visit www.helpsprogram.org. Registration will open 1-2 months before the workshop date.

2018-19 HELPS Small Group Workshop Schedule:

February 16, 2019 Wayne Community College, Goldsboro, NC – Click HERE for details.

March 9, 2019 UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC – Click HERE for details.

Please visit  www.pencweb.org/professional-development for more information.

National Board Updates

North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most teachers holding the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.  Our state had 557 teachers who earned their national certification and another 946 teachers that successfully renewed or recertified their National Board certification credentials.

It is with great pride that the Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC) has this opportunity to recognize our educator members who have successfully achieved these milestones.

If you are interested in getting involved with the process, we encourage you to go to the National Board Certification to gather more information on the process and how to get started.  PENC provides free National Board Workshops to ALL teachers in North Carolina and will be happy to help you become successful in this process. For more information go to PENC Professional Development.

Congratulations to the following PENC members for becoming National Board Certified Teachers in the 2018 cycle:

Theresa Murphy
Tyler Woodie
Larisa Gilmore
Kelsie Ferguson
Mathew Hooker
Nancy Lassiter
Sarah Johnson
Tiffany Turner
Joshua Hardin
Georganna Council
Christi Hurd
Katie Johnson
Rebecca Mericle

Congratulations to the following PENC members for renewing their National Board Certification in the 2018 cycle: 

Darron Atkins Robert Jones
Kimberly Atkins Tamara Jones
Abby Baldwin Misty Key
Steven Baldwin Charlene Marsh
Jennifer Butler Gail Mason
Emily Cagle Cathy May
William Cecil Toni McDaniel
Amy Chrismon Liana Napier
Nichole Conrad Cathie Poulin
Susan Courtney Rosaline
Kenneth Cox Beth Seilg Kerri Smith
Katherine Darnley Randolph Sodano
Cynthia Devereaux Peter Strickland
Georgana Edwards Erica Summerlin
Lori Ellis-Beard Deborah Surgeon
Anna Foster Beth Swagner
Bethany Gilbert Elizabeth Thompson
Michelle Gregory Natalie Tribble
Misti Holloway Erika Tyner
Robin Huels Jennifer Weakland
Kimberly Huffman Laurie Williams
Julie Hughes Carmen Wilson
Sheila Womack James Wright

Beth Selig

Young Artist Competition

PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina), a professional association that serves as THE Voice for educators in policy-making, the forum for developing professional relationships and the advocate for improving the learning environment for every educator and student, is currently accepting electronic entries for its 9th annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges. 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, gift bag and gift certificate for art supplies at the fall 2019 Executive Board Meeting. PENC is looking forward to the beautiful work from all around our great state.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines. For more information, submission guidelines, etc. please visit www.pencweb.org/young-artists-competition. Deadline for submissions is 5 pm Friday, June 1, 2019.

For more information and to view the 2018 Young Artist winners and highlight reel, click HERE.

We Want to Hear From You!

PENC loves to recognize member achievements; please send your accomplishments for us to highlight you in our PROPS! Section. We also want to hear about:

  • What you are doing in your classroom
  • Success stories of your students
  • Tips for new and beginning teachers
  • Questions from you to other educators
  • Suggestions, tips, etc.

To have your information featured on our social media pages, eNews and publications, please send your notable achievements to sha@pencweb.org.

It’s Almost Tax Time!

We know most if not all of you take money out of your pocket to buy resources and supplies for your classroom. Its unfortunate but true.

Remember, as an educator you may qualify for tax deductions for un-reimbursed expenses (including professional development courses, supplies, books, computer equipment and supplementary materials that you use in the classroom). Talk to your tax adviser about including these in your tax return!

 Get Involved!

Each One Reach One

If EACH ONE of us strives to REACH ONE new member, we could double our membership in just one year double the impact and double the strength of our voice!

We challenge you to recruit one new member in order to receive a discount ($27 for Educators, $14 for Support) on your membership. Click here to learn more about our new initiative.

Partner Level Membership & Member Representatives

Become a Member Representative! Member Reps serve as a voice for PENC within their schools by distributing materials provided by PENC, sharing upcoming opportunities, and working towards earning a FREE membership as a Partner Level member by referring three members. For more information, please contact the office at 919-788-9299 or email Alex Cozort at alex@pencweb.org. A bonus of agreeing to become your school’s PENC Member Representative is that it can be included on Standard 1 of the Teacher Evaluation System/Teachers Demonstrate Leadership. (Teacher Effectiveness Manual pgs. 7-8)

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Professional Educators of North Carolina (PENC)
P.O. Box 17129 Raleigh, NC 27619