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.

 

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PD 6640 - First Year Teaching During the Pandamic and Dinner Discussion
 

We will have a teacher panel to talk about student teaching and first year teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students are encouraged to bring questions to the discussion, in addition, we will allow each panelist to give tips and advice to pre-service teachers.

This will be a virtual forum and students are encouraged to bring their dinner to the zoom discussion.

Date: Monday, September 28, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Online (ZOOM)
Audience: Teaching Fellows at NC State University and All Education Majors
Instructor/contact: Crystal Espey
Credit: 0.5

PD 120 ON – Responding to and Understanding Commentary Prompts (Online)
 

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.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/92434033107
Meeting ID: 924 3403 3107

Date: Monday, September 28, 2020
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Online
Audience: College of Education Students
Instructor: Arine Lowery (anlowery@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 6641 – Grad School 101
 

1. Are you interested in applying to graduate school?
2. Do you want to learn more about what graduate school has to offer?
3. Do you still have questions about whether the graduate school may be for you?

Join us for this virtual session facilitated by the College of Education Office of Graduate Student Success, to learn more about applying for graduate school and making the most of your experience.

To register for this session, go to https://go.ncsu.edu/pgugradschool101

Date: Tuesday, September 29
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Online (https://go.ncsu.edu/pgugradschool101)
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Instructor/contact: Tiffany Wiggins
Credit: 0.5

PD 6637 - Teaching Pandemic Safety with Picture Books
 

Participants will get resources and strategies to teach students how to be safe at school during the pandemic. These lessons will be taught using nonfiction children's literature and digital resources.

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Online
Audience: K-5 Educators
Instructor/contact: Ileetha Groom
Credit: 0.5

PD 357 - Visual Literacy with Digital Tools: Thinglink and Interactive Google Slides
 

Meet us on Zoom to discuss the value of visual literacy in your teaching and learn how to use two digital tools to help students and you make graphics, photographs, diagrams, etc. interactive. Note: When you click on the Zoom link, you will be asked to register. I know this is "double registration" but this is how you will access the Zoom link and get a reminder before the session!
https://ncsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwqd-uoqDgsH9XHWH_O9nm4VvvVNfNyGuc2

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
TIme: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Location: Online
Audience: Pre-Service Teachers
Instructor/contact: Kerri Brown Parker
Credit: 0.5

PD 6638 - Using Picture Books to Teach about the Black Lives Matter
 

This session will use picture books and text excerpts to teach about the Black and Brown Lives Matter Movement. Participants will receive resources and strategies that emphasize mutual respect and give perspective.

Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Online
Audience: K-5 Educators
Instructor/contact: Ileetha Groom
Credit: 0.5

PD 882 – NCCTM General Body Meeting: Anti-racist Mathematics Teaching
 

What does racism have to do with math? How can math teachers do anti-racist work in their classrooms? Join us to hear from a panel of NC middle and high school math teachers discuss what it means to be an anti-racist mathematics teacher.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Online (Zoom link will be shared prior to the event)
Audience: Anyone interested in teaching mathematics, K-12
Instructor/contact: Dr. Cyndi Edgington
Credit: 0.5

PD 6642 - Mental Wellness for Educators
 

These sessions will focus on how future educators can implement wellness practices in their lifestyles and daily routines. Topics will include the transition from student to full-time professional, the importance of self-care as an educator, mindfulness activities, and many more. During these sessions, the facilitator will share tips and tricks for incorporating wellness and mindfulness both in the classroom and in your personal lives. We will discuss self-care methods, potential stressors, and how to overcome anxiety with wellness methods. Please choose one of these sessions (both are the same sessions)

Dates: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 (Session PD 6642 - 001), Wednesday, October 14, 2020 (Session PD 6642-002)
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: Online https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/7960512312
Audience: All College of Education Students
Instructor/contact: Amanda Beller
Credit: 0.5

PD 6639 - Teaching RI Standards with Virtual Field Trips
 

Participants will learn how to create digital lessons that use virtual Field Trips to compliment informational text and teach RI standards. These lessons will align with NCSCOS Social Studies.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Online
Audience: K-5 Educators
Instructor/contact: Ileetha Groom
Credit: 0.5

PD 356 - Google Meet Tips and Tricks
 

Google Meet is the synchronous remote learning classroom tool and meeting tool used by many public school districts around North Carolina. In this session, we will review the tool, discuss advanced uses through Chrome extensions, and strategies for managing classes and meetings using Google Meet. NOTE: You will need to click on the Zoom link to finish registering for this session and get access to the Zoom session.
https://ncsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvd-ipqTouG9fztKOuuLyxRFgLcqcAwb7G

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Location: Online
Audience: Pre-Service Teachers
Instructor/contact: Kerri Brown Parker
Credit: 0.5

PD 565 - Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy for Pre-Service Teachers
 

Featuring Dr. Tempestt Adams, this session will focus on preparing students to become effective teachers who can serve and engage students of all backgrounds. This session will help pre-service teachers learn and understand specific terminology and begin to consider how to apply it to their future classrooms.

Zoom link: https://appstate.zoom.us/j/95367998667?pwd=b1ZkQklxbGd4Ums4a0R0Qit1enU2UT09

Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Location: Online (see link above)
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students
Instructor/contact: Tiffany Wiggins
Credit: 0.5

PD 6643 - Passing The Mic: Using Storytelling & Podcasting in Your Classroom
 

Storytelling, including through the use of podcasts, is a powerful pedagogical tool for inspiring connection and mutual understanding between and across social identity groups and reducing prejudice. When grounded in compassion and trust, storytelling has the potential to cultivate critical reflection, build political efficacy, and drive informed civic engagement among young people. Such a practice is invaluable, as research indicates that youth thrive emotionally, socially, and academically when they feel connected to and supported by their peers and adults, when their perspectives are valued, and when they are encouraged to use their voice to engage in social change. Using North Carolina State University's Extension program and youth-led podcast #PassTheMicYouth as an example, this informative and interactive presentation will illustrate how to integrate various forms of storytelling into the classroom -- including through the use of podcasts -- review practical applications and strategies for implementation, and outline implications for practice.

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Online (https://ncsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvd-2rqj8tHdKJ0VDtNZeWTpt04FsEod0w)
Audience: Pre-service and in-service teachers
Instructor/contact: Dr. Christy Byrd
Credit: 0.5

PD 355 - Introduction to Google Classroom
 

Google Classroom is a popular technology tool used in many North Carolina public schools to organize classwork, communicate with students and parents, give students feedback, and more. In this session, we will introduce the basics of Google Classroom and provide guidance on how to become a more advanced user. You must have a "personal Gmail"/non-NCSU Google account to participate in this PGU. Please click on the Zoom link to finish registering for this session and get access to the live Zoom session. https://ncsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJErf-Ggqz0vGdK-5Dvhz7NcdQH-SvLtFGnt

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 3:30 - 4:30
Location: Online
Audience: Pre-Service Teachers
Instructor/contact: Kerri Brown Parker
Credit: 0.5