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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 6674 – Cherry Award Lecture with Hollylynne Lee, Professor Mathematics and Statistics Education.
 

Cherry Award Lecture with Hollylynne Lee, Ph.D., Professor Mathematics and Statistics Education and Finalist for Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching will give a lecture with the title: “Data Moves and Discourse: Design Principles for Strengthening Statistics Education”

When: Thursday, Sept. 23 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: Coastal Ballroom in Talley Student Union on NC State’s main campus

Registration: You must register to attend the lecture in-person by Sept. 15. Given space limitations, registration is first-come, first-served. A light reception will follow.

PGUs: College of Education students can earn 0.5 PGUs for attending the lecture in-person. We will have a sign-in sheet near the entrance of the Coastal Ballroom in the Talley Student Union, where the lecture will be held. If you are a student and plan to attend in-person, you must register by Sept. 15.

More info and to register: https://ced.ncsu.edu/news/cherry-award-lecture/

PD 6674 – Cherry Award Lecture with Hollylynne Lee, Professor Mathematics and Statistics Education.
 

Cherry Award Lecture with Hollylynne Lee, Ph.D., Professor Mathematics and Statistics Education and Finalist for Baylor University’s Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching will give a lecture with the title: “Data Moves and Discourse: Design Principles for Strengthening Statistics Education”

When: Thursday, Sept. 23 | 3 to 4 p.m.

Where: Coastal Ballroom in Talley Student Union on NC State’s main campus

Registration: You must register to attend the lecture in-person by Sept. 15. Given space limitations, registration is first-come, first-served. A light reception will follow.

PGUs: College of Education students can earn 0.5 PGUs for attending the lecture in-person. We will have a sign-in sheet near the entrance of the Coastal Ballroom in the Talley Student Union, where the lecture will be held. If you are a student and plan to attend in-person, you must register by Sept. 15.

More info and to register: https://ced.ncsu.edu/news/cherry-award-lecture/

PD 722 – SDG @ Workshop: Goal 2: Zero Hunger
 

Learn about a different United Nations sustainable development goal during each session of the Office of Global Engagement’s fall workshop series. The SDGs offer ways for the world to better the lives of everyone on the planet. The workshop series will focus on “Quality of Life” and feature a faculty member, student group representative, and practitioner from the community briefly sharing what they are doing to make a difference. Each session will include time for table discussion and conclude with ways you can connect.

https://calendar.ncsu.edu/event/sdg3_workshop_-_goal_2_zero_hunger?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=NC+State+University+Calendar

Date: Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Talley Student Union, 4280
Audience: CED Students
Contact: Nada Wafa (nzwafa@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 6676 – Pause for Paws
 

We all need to take a moment to pause and focus on our well-being. Here is a chance for you to do so by spending some time with our therapy dog friends.

One of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals is good health and well-being. This event will provide an opportunity and resources to focus on that goal.

https://calendar.ncsu.edu/event/sdg_pause_for_paws?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=NC+State+University+Calendar

Date: Thursday, September 30th, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Location: Student Health Services Center, 2301
Audience: CED Students
Contact: Nada Wafa (nzwafa@ncsu.edu)

PD 724 – Developing Cultural Competence Co-curricular Student Certificate offered by NC State Global Training Initiative
 

The Developing Cultural Competence (DCC) program aims to improve students’ cultural competence and cross-cultural awareness by facilitating virtual exchanges among participants.

The virtual training program consists of self-paced individual learning modules and four 90-minute facilitated meetings where NC State students join students from partner institutions across the world in facilitated online discussions, cultural exchanges and apply the knowledge and skills they learned in the modules.

You must register for the program directly on the Global Training Initiative website (go.ncsu.edu/gti-dcc) by their priority deadline (September 24th) for October Sessions, along with registering for the PGU in SAGE (PD 724).

The College of Education at NC State University is sponsoring the $100 Program Fee for eligible students who wish to participate. Choose “Sponsor-Pay” for the payment type on the application form and “atjonas@ncsu.edu” for your contact.

Priority registration is Sept 24 for October sessions:

October Wednesdays 9:00 AM: October 6, 13, 20 and 27
October Thursdays 8:00 PM: October 7, 14, 21 and 28
October Fridays 9:00 AM: October 8, 15, 22 and 29

Any questions regarding the sponsorship and college of education students’ participation in the DCC program should be sent to Ajaya Francis Jonas (atjonas@ncsu.edu)

As part of the sponsorship, students will be contacted by the Global Programs office to give us feedback regarding the program.

Audience: Undergraduate & Graduate Students

Credit: 1.5

PD 723 – SDG @ Workshop Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
 

Learn about a different United Nations sustainable development goal during each session of the Office of Global Engagement’s fall workshop series. The SDGs offer ways for the world to better the lives of everyone on the planet. The workshop series will focus on “Quality of Life” and feature a faculty member, student group representative, and practitioner from the community briefly sharing what they are doing to make a difference. Each session will include time for table discussion and conclude with ways you can connect.

https://calendar.ncsu.edu/event/sdg3_workshop_-_goal_3_good_health_and_well-being?utm_campaign=widget&utm_medium=widget&utm_source=NC+State+University+Calendar

Date: Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 Pm
Location: Talley Student Center, room 3285
Audience: CED Students
Contact: Nada Wafa (nzwafa@ncsu.edu)

2021 Dallas Herring Lecture: Gregory Haile, J.D.
 

Gregory HaileThe Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research, which is part of the NC State College of Education, will hold the 2021 Dallas Herring Lecture virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. Gregory Haile, J.D., the president of Broward College in Florida, will deliver the keynote lecture entitled “Redefining Access: The Power of Proximity.”

Register to attend