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June 8 | Volume 11 - 2023

State grants $1.3M to advance digital-age

teaching and learning in 21 school districts


  The State Board of Education this month approved 18 proposals for grants under the state's Digital Learning Initiative, which is designed to spread effective digital learning practices across all K-12 public schools in North Carolina. The grants aim to support the development and dissemination of innovative digital learning models, and include three types: Emerging Technology, Professional Learning, and Impact Grants. The Emerging Technology Grants are for up to $50,000 and will allow districts to use technology to develop more innovative practices within their schools. The Professional Learning Grants are for up to $30,000 and will focus on professional learning that supports innovative practices and needs. The Impact Grants will allow districts to facilitate the development of innovative practices and new digital teaching initiatives and are funded up to $95,000 per public school unit for a total of three years. The grant initiative was authorized in 2016 by the General Assembly as part of collaboration between the State Board of Education and the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at N.C. State University to advance the state’s Digital Learning Plan. Read the full announcement and the districts selected.

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2024 AEOP RESET Teacher Applications open

Science camp is no longer just for kids! Educators, want to spend your summer learning about real-world research at Army laboratories (and then get to show off all the experiments, theories and phenomena you learn to your students)? Sign up for AEOP RESET - Research Experiences for STEM Educators and Teachers, a division of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). Registration deadline is Aug. 9.



Opportunity: NC Space Education Ambassadors 

The NC Space Education Ambassadors (NCSEA) program is a great professional development opportunity for North Carolina educators to join a cohort of trained educators across the state to deliver NASA education to their communities for years to come. Deadline to apply for the 2023-2024 NCSEA cohort is June 30.



New report reveals barriers for women in IT 

A 2022 study released this week from Logitech and Girls Who Code has found that 60 percent of women who studied computer science were encouraged by a parent or teacher. See why it's important to encourage K-12 girls to pursue STEM careers in this report shared by EdTech Magazine.



Find STEM jobs at NC STEM Center

The NC STEM Center is continuously updating career and job opportunities online. If you have a job opening, summer internship or both, let us know. Currently, there are almost a dozen positions listed in the Job Seekers section of the NC STEM website. Quick, easy, free site registration is required.







NSTA Webinar: Observing Hurricanes with Ocean Drones

Hurricane Season officially began June 1. Now, you can discover the power of saildrones and how data is transforming our understanding of hurricanes. Join the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) today (June 8) at 7 p.m. as they dive into an exciting project by NOAA to better understand hurricanes and improve forecast accuracy. Learn more.





GIG East Summit 2023

Ready, Set, Evolve! Join the 2023 Gig East Summit today (June 8) in Historic Downtown Wilson. The summit will bring together local entrepreneurs, business owners, community partners, and industry thought leaders from Wilson and the Triangle to focus on how entrepreneurship, the arts, science, and technology are being transformed in Wilson. Learn more.





2023 Pre-K-12 STEM conference hosted by CESTEM

CESTEM is excited to host the 2023 Pre-K-12 STEM conference for our regional educators this month at UNCW Watson College of Education in Wilmington. This professional development event will be on June 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - deadline to register is Monday, June 12. Learn more.





National Summer Learning Week

National Summer Learning Week is a celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe, and healthy every summer, and ensuring they return to school ready to succeed. This year the week-long celebration has five unique themes. Learn more.





Registration now open for NCBOLD

NCBOLD is a free digital teaching and learning conference hosted in each of North Carolina's eight educational regions between July 24 and Aug. 3. Sessions are created by and for public educators across the state. Space is limited to 400 educators at each location. Learn more.



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