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

This co-curricular student certificate program aims to help participants identify their own cultural preferences and equip them with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Participating in this program will help participants increase their cultural awareness, and develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with people around the world.

Time requirement:
The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4-week period. This means you are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours). Students can choose from one of the following sessions:

February 2023 Sessions:
Thursdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 001 in SAGE)

March/April 2023 Sessions:
Mondays 3/20, 2/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 002 in SAGE)
Tuesdays 3/21, 3/28, 4,4, and 4/11 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 003 in SAGE)
Wednesdays 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 004 in SAGE)

Location: Online
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Info: cedglobalprograms@ncsu.edu
Credit: 1.5

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

This co-curricular student certificate program aims to help participants identify their own cultural preferences and equip them with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Participating in this program will help participants increase their cultural awareness, and develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with people around the world.

Time requirement:
The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4-week period. This means you are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours). Students can choose from one of the following sessions:

February 2023 Sessions:
Thursdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 001 in SAGE)

March/April 2023 Sessions:
Mondays 3/20, 2/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 002 in SAGE)
Tuesdays 3/21, 3/28, 4,4, and 4/11 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 003 in SAGE)
Wednesdays 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 004 in SAGE)

Location: Online
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Info: cedglobalprograms@ncsu.edu
Credit: 1.5

N.C. Annual Hispanic/Latino Professional Educators Summit
 PD 6739 – Equitable Leadership Part 1
 

Do you want to be the type of leader who empowers the youth and students you work with to become the best leaders they can be? This session will dive into the final two of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Enabling Others to Act and Encouraging the Heart. We will consider the implications of those skills in the context of equitable leadership. Led by Stuart Gordon, veteran Wake County teacher and director of Appointed to Lead.

Date: Thursday, February 16th, 2023
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, Room 120
Audience: 1st-year SAY, TF, and TS Students
Info: Robin McWilliams (crmcwill@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

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

This co-curricular student certificate program aims to help participants identify their own cultural preferences and equip them with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Participating in this program will help participants increase their cultural awareness, and develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with people around the world.

Time requirement:
The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4-week period. This means you are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours). Students can choose from one of the following sessions:

February 2023 Sessions:
Thursdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 001 in SAGE)

March/April 2023 Sessions:
Mondays 3/20, 2/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 002 in SAGE)
Tuesdays 3/21, 3/28, 4,4, and 4/11 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 003 in SAGE)
Wednesdays 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 004 in SAGE)

Location: Online
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Info: cedglobalprograms@ncsu.edu
Credit: 1.5

PD 6735 – NC CEC Conference
 

The North Carolina chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children will be hosting their 36th annual conference with the theme of “Refresh, Renew, Refocus.” Join administrators, policymakers, teacher educators, special educators, parents, and other advocates from around our state as we collaborate and learn more about the best thinking in the field of special education, informed by theory, research, and practice!

Date: Saturday, February 18th, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: McKimmon Conference and Training Center
Audience: Students interested in Special Education
Info: Dr. Jordan Lukins (jmlukins@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.5

PD 6727: Equality as a Balance
 

Equality as a Balance: Critical language and activities to promote deep understanding of equality (K-5)
Why is the equal sign considered ‘the soul of mathematics?’ Equality is a crucial concept throughout K-5 mathematics. Come explore the power of teaching equality in a way that will impact student thinking and support future learning. We will also look at the ways that students are expected to interact with equality in different grade levels.

Date: Monday, February 20, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, Room: TBD
Audience: Students/Pre Service teachers interested in Elementary Education (K-5)
Info: Dr. Valerie Faulkner (vffaulkn@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 369 – Globalize Your Classroom!
 

Are you interested in expanding the impact of your teaching from local to global? This workshop will show you actionable ways to “globalize” your classroom using technology, books, and METRC’s new Culture Kits. Join us for collaboration, insight, and fun!

Date: Tuesday, February 21st, 2023
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, METRC
Audience: All Undergraduate Students
Info: Scott Summers (srsumme2@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 370 – Virtual Field Trips: AR and VR Exploration
 

Come check out the possibilities of AR and VR! We will take virtual field trips and showcase a variety of tools that use AR and VR technologies.

Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2023
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, METRC
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Info: Scott Summers (srsumme2@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

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

This co-curricular student certificate program aims to help participants identify their own cultural preferences and equip them with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Participating in this program will help participants increase their cultural awareness, and develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with people around the world.

Time requirement:
The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4-week period. This means you are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours). Students can choose from one of the following sessions:

February 2023 Sessions:
Thursdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 001 in SAGE)

March/April 2023 Sessions:
Mondays 3/20, 2/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 002 in SAGE)
Tuesdays 3/21, 3/28, 4,4, and 4/11 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 003 in SAGE)
Wednesdays 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 004 in SAGE)

Location: Online
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Info: cedglobalprograms@ncsu.edu
Credit: 1.5

PD 6728 – Mastery of Measurement: Where it Begins! (K-2)
 

How do we set our young students up for success with regard to the critical mathematical ideas related to measuring and measurement? After this PGU, you will be able to assess the value of a task, specifically relating to measurement in the lower elementary grades. Beginning teachers will be given the tools to successfully teach a lesson by using sequential knowledge, implementing strategies, and conceptualizing the idea of a unit.

Date: Monday, February 27, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Audience: Students interested in Elementary Education (K-2)
Info: Dr. Valerie Faulkner (vffaulkn@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 6738 – CCC #10 Navigating Racial Battle Fatigue: What it is and What You Can Do About It
 

A dialogue on navigating racial battle fatigue inspired by student leader lessons from Dr. Cameron Beatty’s research on this phenomenon. Together, we will learn more about racial battle fatigue and what we can do as a community to better care for each other and resist it.

Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2023
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall and ZOOM
Audience: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Info: Caranda Shubrick (cjshubri@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 6734 – The Virtual IEP Experience
 

Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are written, legally binding documents that outline the special education services provided to students with disabilities in U.S. public schools. IEP meetings occur annually, and at any other point in the year as requested by parents. During these meetings, the team reviews progress and develops new goals.

The virtual IEP experience is a 20-minute model IEP meeting that students and instructors can experience with a VR headset or 360° video on a laptop or tablet. The purpose of the virtual IEP experience is to give pre-service educators and related service providers an opportunity to “participate” in an IEP meeting in a low-stakes, virtual reality (VR) environment.

Following the guided experience, participants will:

1. understand the IEP meeting process
2. develop knowledge of the IEP team
3. understanding the roles of each IEP member
4. identify strategies for effective collaboration

Date: Tuesday, February 28th
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 512
Audience: Any Pre-service Teacher (Undergraduate and Graduate)
Info: Dr. Jamie Pearson (jnpearso@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 6729 – A Conceptual Approach to Building Math Fact Fluency (3-5)
 

In this session, we will explore how to teach multiplication fact fluency with a focus on conceptual understanding. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and reflect on productive teacher talk moves for fostering the use of different multiplication strategies to build efficiency and accuracy.

Date: Tuesday, February 28th, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, Room: TBD
Audience: Students interested in elementary education (3-5)
Info: Dr. Valerie Faulkner (vffaulkn@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

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

This co-curricular student certificate program aims to help participants identify their own cultural preferences and equip them with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Participating in this program will help participants increase their cultural awareness, and develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with people around the world.

Time requirement:
The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4-week period. This means you are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours). Students can choose from one of the following sessions:

February 2023 Sessions:
Thursdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 001 in SAGE)

March/April 2023 Sessions:
Mondays 3/20, 2/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 002 in SAGE)
Tuesdays 3/21, 3/28, 4,4, and 4/11 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 003 in SAGE)
Wednesdays 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 004 in SAGE)

Location: Online
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Info: cedglobalprograms@ncsu.edu
Credit: 1.5

PD 6730 – How to build Math Fact Fluency with young children (K-2)
 

What does fact fluency mean to you? Fact fluency is a major skill students need to be successful, and yet many teachers and students experience it as a stressful hurdle. How can you help your students be strong with math fact fluency to help reduce their stress starting in Kindergarten? Join us to find out how!!

Date: Tuesday, March 7th, 2023
Time: 4:00 -6:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Audience: Students interested in Elementary Education (K-2)
Info: Dr. Valerie Faulkner (vffaulkn@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 6731 – Acknowledging and Leveraging Cultural Perspectives and Language in Mathematics (K-5)
 

This session will focus on how cultural perspectives and language backgrounds affect students’ mathematical thinking and understanding. We will specifically look at addressing the mathematical needs of non-English speakers. As well as how culture influences these mathematical needs. This PGU will help you gain a better understanding of how to meet diverse cultural and language needs, as well as how embracing diversity within a classroom will improve your mathematics instruction.

Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, Room: TBD
Audience: Students interested in Elementary Education (K-5)
Info: Dr. Valerie Faulkner (vffaulkn@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 6732 – From Math Fact Fluency to Strength-Based Conversations: Reducing Anxiety in the math classroom. (K-5)
 

From Math Fact Fluency to Strength-Based Conversations: Reducing Anxiety in the math classroom. (K-5)

Date: Thursday, March 9th, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, Room: TBD
Audience: Students interested in elementary education (K-5)
Info: Dr. Valerie Faulkner (vffaulkn@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

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

This co-curricular student certificate program aims to help participants identify their own cultural preferences and equip them with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Participating in this program will help participants increase their cultural awareness, and develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with people around the world.

Time requirement:
The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4-week period. This means you are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours). Students can choose from one of the following sessions:

February 2023 Sessions:
Thursdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 001 in SAGE)

March/April 2023 Sessions:
Mondays 3/20, 2/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 002 in SAGE)
Tuesdays 3/21, 3/28, 4,4, and 4/11 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 003 in SAGE)
Wednesdays 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 004 in SAGE)

Location: Online
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Info: cedglobalprograms@ncsu.edu
Credit: 1.5

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

This co-curricular student certificate program aims to help participants identify their own cultural preferences and equip them with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Participating in this program will help participants increase their cultural awareness, and develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with people around the world.

Time requirement:
The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4-week period. This means you are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours). Students can choose from one of the following sessions:

February 2023 Sessions:
Thursdays 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, and 2/23 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 001 in SAGE)

March/April 2023 Sessions:
Mondays 3/20, 2/27, 4/3, and 4/10 from 8:00 – 9:30 PM (Register for PD 724 002 in SAGE)
Tuesdays 3/21, 3/28, 4,4, and 4/11 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 003 in SAGE)
Wednesdays 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, and 4/12 from 9:00 – 10:30 AM (Register for PD 724 004 in SAGE)

Location: Online
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Info: cedglobalprograms@ncsu.edu
Credit: 1.5

PD 6740 – Equitable Leadership Part 2
 

Do you want to be the type of leader who empowers the youth and students you work with to become the best leaders they can be? This session will dive into the final two of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Enabling Others to Act and Encouraging the Heart. We will consider the implications of those skills in the context of equitable leadership. Led by Stuart Gordon, veteran Wake County teacher and director of Appointed to Lead.

Date: Monday, March 20th, 2023
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, Room 120
Audience: 1st-year SAY, TF, and TS Students
Info: Robin McWilliams (crmcwill@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 6733 – Building an inclusive math community (3-5)
 

What makes a successful and inclusive math community? Ideas and strategies to promote mastery-for-all through mindset, discourse, and feedback. How you teach mathematics is just as important as what mathematics you teach. Come learn how to teach children–while you are teaching math.

Date: Tuesday, March 21st, 2023
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Virtual
Audience: Students who are interested in elementary education (3-5)
Info: Dr. Valerie Faulkner (vffaulkn@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 6612 – Mathematics Field Day
 

NCSU students will host a Mathematics Field Day at Centennial Middle School. Students will lead a station activity and will interact with the Centennial Middle School students.

We will provide transportation between POE and Centennial Middle School (in the College van). If you sign-up you have to show because the 6th-8th grade students are counting on your participation.

Time slots are 6:40-9:25, 9:30-11:20, and 12:15-2:30. You will receive 0.5 credit per slot.

We are also providing lunch and t-shirts so it is important students also sign-up here (https://go.ncsu.edu/mfdvolunteer).

Date: Thursday, March 30th, 2023
Time: Slot PD 6612 001: 6:40 AM – 9:25 AM
Slot PD 6612 002: 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Slot PD 6612 003: 12:15 PM – 2:30 PM
If you want to volunteer for multiple slots you have to sign up for each slot you want to volunteer!
Location: Centennial Middle School (Transportation provided from Poe Hall)
Audience: Students interested in teaching middle school or in teaching mathematics.
Contact: Dr. Erin Krupa (eekrupa@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5 per slot max: 1.5

PD 6612 – Mathematics Field Day
 

NC State students will host a Mathematics Field Day at Centennial Middle School. Students will lead a station activity and will interact with the Centennial Middle School students.
We will provide transportation between POE and Centennial Middle School (in the College van). It is imperative that students that sign-up show up because the 6th-8th grade students are counting on their participation.

Time slots are 6:40-9:25, 9:30-11:20, and 12:15-2:30. PGUs will be awarded based on how much time students volunteer.

We are also providing lunch and t-shirts so it is important students also sign-up here (https://go.ncsu.edu/mfdvolunteer).

Date: Thursday, March 30st, 2023
Time: 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Location: Centennial Middle School
Audience: Students interested in teaching middle school or in teaching mathematics
Info: Dr. Erin Krupa (eekrupa@ncsu.edu)
Credit: depends on the hours of volunteering (Max 1.5)

PD 690 – Teach Ag Retreat
 

Teach Ag Retreat is our annual meeting of all NC agricultural education students. Participants will collaborate with other NC agricultural education students to identify and discuss pressing issues in agricultural education.

Date: March 31- April 2, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: NC FFA Center at White Lake
Audience: Agricultural Education
Contact: Dr. Travis Park
Credit: 1.5

PD 6725 – Preservice Access to Computing Knowledge (PACK) Success
 

In this program, preservice teachers receive professional development to increase their teaching efficacy by incorporating computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) in classroom instruction. PACK Success will offer instruction based on Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals. Participants will work together from January to April 2023, learning how CS and CT concepts can be incorporated into the regular elementary classroom.
The sessions will be planned for hands-on, active learning. Participants can expect to come away with resources for future use in their classrooms.

Dates: Thursday, January 26th and April 6th, 2023
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: METRC, Poe Hall
Audience: 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Elementary Education Students
Contact: Dr. Rebekah Davis
Credit: 1.5

PD 6741 – Equitable Leadership Part 3
 

Do you want to be the type of leader who empowers the youth and students you work with to become the best leaders they can be? This session will dive into the final two of the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership: Enabling Others to Act and Encouraging the Heart. We will consider the implications of those skills in the context of equitable leadership. Led by Stuart Gordon, veteran Wake County teacher and director of Appointed to Lead.

Date: Thursday, April 13th, 2023
Time: 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, Room 120
Audience: 1st-year SAY, TF, and TS students
Info: Robin McWilliams (rcmcwill@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 675 – Hunter Safety Educator Training
 

In cooperation with the NC Fish and Wildlife Division, we will provide Hunter Education Trainer Professional Development for agriculture teachers. Teachers will complete the Hunter Education participant AND trainer program.

Date: April 26th, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Centennial Campus
Audience: Agricultural Education Students
Contact: Travis Park
Credit: 1.5