Professional Development

Effective teachers commit to furthering their own learning as well as their students’ learning. Practicing educators take part in regular professional development opportunities in order to be effective and engaged teachers. The College of Education fosters this career-long commitment to learning and professional development by requiring our undergraduate students seeking initial licensure to complete a series of Professional Growth Units, or PGUs.

All undergraduate students in licensure majors who entered NC State in fall 2011 or later must complete a minimum of 4.5 PGUs prior to graduation. All MAT students must complete a minimum of 2 PGUs prior to graduation. It is recommended that all undergraduate students complete a minimum of 1.5 PGUs per year and MAT students complete a minimum of 1.0 PGU per year. You cannot complete all of your PGU requirements in one academic year.

The College holds a variety of professional development events each semester that offer PGU credit. Qualifying events lasting 45 minutes to one hour earn 0.5 PGU, with longer events earning additional PGU credit. The maximum number of PGUs a student can earn for a single event is 1.5. We expect students to have completed a variety of opportunities within their required PGUs. Therefore, attending the same PGU experience every year will not be accepted. For example, all PGUs coming from conference attendance will not be accepted.

This semester’s events are listed below.

Please check back frequently as new events will be listed as they become available.

PD – 114 edTPA: Writing Lesson Plans.

During this Thursday work session, candidates will work on developing, peer editing, and revising lesson plans for their edTPA products.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: POE Hall 220
Audience: Student teachers
Contact/instructor: Sarah Cannon
Credit: 0.5

PD – 119 edTPA: Planning for Assessment.

In this session, we will discuss Task 3, assessment. Specific topics include: how to design and assessment for edTPA, how to give feedback, and using assessment to guide further instruction.

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: POE Hall 220
Audience: Student Teachers
Contact/instructor: Sarah Cannon
Credit: 0.5

PD – 120 edTPA: Writing Commentaries.

This session is designed to help candidates break down the edTPA prompts to determine exactly what is being asked of them. We will discuss how to use this analysis to guide edTPA responses in all three task commentaries.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: POE Hall 220
Audience: Student teachers
Contact/Instructor: Sarah Cannon
Credit: 0.5

PD 121 – Planning to Video

In this session, we will discuss the requirements and rubrics for Task 2 and analyze sample videos and their effectiveness. Guests from METRC will address technical concerns of video.

Thursday, September 7,2017
TIme: 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Location: POE Hall 220
Audience: Student Teachers
Contact/Instructor: Sarah Cannon
Credit: 0.5

PD 123 – edTPA Task 1 Boot Camp

Do you want to participate in all of the edTPA sessions, but you just can’t commit so many evenings? If so, the edTPA Boot Camp is for you! At this session, we will discuss task 1 in detail. We will also provide space for you to start planning your portfolios with opportunities to ‘talk it out’. Come jump start your edTPA!

Saturday, September 9, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location POE Hall 532
Audience: Student Teachers
Contact/Instructor: Sarah Cannon
Credit: 0.5

PD 124 – edTPA Task 2 and 3 Boot Camp

Do you want to participate in all of the edTPA sessions, but you just can’t commit so many evenings? If so, the edTPA Boot Camp is for you! At this session, we will discuss task 2 and 3 in detail. We will also provide space for you to start planning your portfolios with opportunities to ‘talk it out’. Come jump start your edTPA!

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: POE Hall 532
Audience: Student Teachers
Contact/Instructor: Sarah Cannon
Credit: 0.5

PD 537 – Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools

The Women’s Center in partnership with the GLBT Center and the College of Education will facilitate a discussion on the book, Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools, by Monique Morris. The book is a call to action around the inequalities of Black girls within K-12 education. Describing the real experiences of Black girls Morris describes the school to confinement pipeline, exposing the high risk situations which affect the life trajectory of Black girls after being pushed out of school; setting them on the path to incarceration as well as physical and economic insecurity. From a critical race theory perspective, we will provide an overview of the book and facilitate a discussion of what we can do as educators, counselors, and higher education professionals to alleviate the pushout of Black girls in education.

Facilitators: Angela Gay, Women’s Center; Andy DeRoin, GLBT Center; Whitney McCoy, Doctoral Student

**This book is available for online reading through NCSU Libraries but not a requirement to attend the session.

Friday, November 17th
Time: 2:00 – 3:15 pm.
Location: POE Hall 512
Audience: Undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff
Contact/Instructor: Regina Gavin Williams
Credit: 0.5

PD 631 – Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

*You have to attend both sessiosns on Oct. 27 AND Nov. 3 to get the credits. It’s not possible to attend only one session. *

Friday, October 27 and Friday, November, 2017
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: POE 120
Audience: Juniors and Seniors
Instructor/contact: Sarah Carrier
Credits: 1.5

PD 637 – National FFA Convention teacher workshops

Participants will attend one or more teacher professional development workshops at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Topics include science integration, CASE, inquiry learning, and content areas.

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Audience: Agricultural education and related contents
Contact/Instructor: Travis Park
Credit: 1.0

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association Fall Inservice Meetings

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: tbd
Audience: Agricultural education
Contact/Instructor: Travis Park
Credit: 1.0

PD 661 – NC State Triangle High Five

Dr. Robert Q. Berry: President-Elect of the National Councilof Teachers of Mathematics, Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education/University of Virginia, and a former middle school mathematics teacher. His research focuses on equity issues in mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on the expereienced of African-American boys in school mathematics. He also engages in research on mathematics teaching practices in elementary classrooms.

Session 1: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Session 2: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Time: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Location: Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
Audience: Elementary and secondary teachers
Contact/instructor: Valerie Faulkner
Credit: 0.5

PD 663 – Working with Students in Foster Care

Teachers will undoubtedly have students in foster care or other transient living situations early in their careers. These students often go unnoticed in the classroom and represent unique instructional and classroom management issues. This panel discussion will feature current and former students who were in these situations as well as teachers and parents who have dealt with these issues first hand to help shed light the issues faced and provide strategies for working with students who face these struggles.

Wednesday, September 20
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: Poe Hall 106
Audience: Pre-service teachers, teacher educators, student teachers, MAT
Students
Contact/Instructor: Daniel Kelly
Credit: 1.0

PD 664 – Project WILD

Project WILD is a wildlife-focused conservation education program for K12 educators and their students.

Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide and is training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.

From the tiny minnow to the majestic grizzly, wildlife and humans are integrally connected. Project WILD links students and wildlife through its mission to provide wildlife-based conservation and environmental education that fosters responsible actions toward wildlife and related natural resources. Through the use of balanced curriculum materials and professional training workshops, Project WILD accomplishes its goal of developing awareness, knowledge, skills, and commitment. This results in the making of informed decisions, responsible behavior, and constructive action concerning wildlife and the environment.

Friday, September 29th
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Poe 120
Audience: Juniors and Seniors
Contact/Instructor: Sarrah Carrier
Credit: 1.5

PD 665 – Author Event: Rick Riordan

An extremely popular children’s/middle grade author, Rick Riordan is coming to the McKimmon Center at NC State on October 4. Rick will be doing a program and taking questions. You can order books in advance from Quail Ridge Books http://www.quailridgebooks.com/event/rriordan17 Tickets are expected to sell out but we have reserved some for College of Education students. Get your ticket by signing up for this PGU.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: McKimmon Center
Audience: All educators
Instructor/contact: Kerri Brown Parker
Credits: 0.5

PD 812 – NCCTM General Body Meeting- Student Teacher Panel

Please join us to hear from previous student teachers in math education as they share about their student teaching experiences.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
Location: Poe 320
Audience: All MED students
Instructor/contact: Cyndi Edgington
Credit: 0.5

 

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