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Sept. 8 | Volume 17 - 2022


NC students making gains in testing

performance after COVID disruption

  North Carolina students improved their performance on state tests during the 2021-22 school year from the previous year’s COVID steep decline, and schools achieved growth almost on par with pre-pandemic levels, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Because of disruptions caused by the pandemic, the accountability report for the 2021-22 school year is the first since 2018-19 to feature all components of the state’s accountability framework, including the calculation of A-F School Performance Grades and growth designations. As projected earlier this year in an analysis by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s Office of Learning Recovery and Acceleration, many North Carolina students will require months of additional learning time, possibly over several years, because of disruptions forced by the pandemic. The performance of North Carolina students during the 2021-22 school year also mirrors trends reported in recent weeks by several other states that also showed declines from pre-pandemic performance levels.

Go here for complete 2021-22 results for the state, districts and schools.

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BWF CAST grants are due this month 

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Award for STEM Teachers (CAST) provides $175,000 over five years for North Carolina teachers who have an outstanding performance record in educating children and who demonstrate a solid knowledge of STEM content. Applications for the next cycle are due by Sept. 28. Use the button below to get more information and/or apply.



2022 Congressional App Challenge

Established by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2013, the Congressional App Challenge encourages middle and high school students from across the country to develop an innovative app for a mobile device or computer. Registration is currently open and deadline for app submissions in North Carolina is Oct. 1 followed by selected students being invited to pitch their work in Cary on Oct. 12.



KF extends deadline for special DE&I publication 

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Teacher Leadership (JoITL), an online peer-reviewed publication of the Kenan Fellows Program for Teacher Leadership at NC State University, is seeking submissions focused on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in K-12 education. The deadline to submit you work for this special issue has been extended to Sept. 29. Use the button below for more information.



Find STEM jobs at NC STEM Center

The NC STEM Center is continuously updating career and job opportunities online. Currently, there is almost a dozen positions listed in the Job Seekers section of the NC STEM website. Quick, easy, free site registration is required.




Featured Program

Lyrical Vision Scholars

Lyrical Vision Scholars aims to provide a community network that elevates culturally diverse students, propelling them to become innovators, leaders and economic drivers in STEAM fields. Use the button below to learn more and view other Programs at the NC STEM Center.




Featured Opportunity

BugFest 2022

BugFest is back! One of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences more popular annual events returns this Saturday (Sept. 17) in downtown Raleigh. This year's theme: Myriapods. Use the button below for more and view other Opportunities at the NC STEM Center.







Happy Equinox!

At 9:04 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 22, the sun, in its annual path around the ecliptic, crosses the celestial equator headed south for our fall and winter. This point in the sky is called the autumnal equinox and the sun’s passage through it marks the beginning of autumn in northern hemisphere. That day, we have nearly equal lengths of time when the sun is above and below the horizon; thus the term equinox, meaning “equal night.”





North Carolina Astronomers' Meeting (NCAM)

PARI will host the North Carolina Astronomers' Meeting virtually on Sept. 24 where interns will present some of their amazing work this summer. There are many other excellent presenters scheduled to attend this year including featured speaker Rebekah Dawson from Penn State. Learn more.





2022 Color of Education Summit

Color of Education is a partnership between the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity & Opportunity, Public School Forum of NC, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Registration for this year's event on Saturday, Oct. 22 is coming soon. Learn more.





Bridging the Gap 2022

Bridging the Gap is an annual conference aimed to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina. Since BTG was created in 2012, more than 3,580 STEM stakeholders from North Carolina and beyond have attended.The 2022 conference will be at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center in the Research Triangle Park on Oct. 25-26. Learn more.



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