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 6616 - Dessert with Democracy
 

This event will be an opportunity to engage in discussions about contemporary issues facing the American public. Participants will be guided through facilitated, roundtable activities that will allow them to do something fairly rare in today’s political culture: engage in an open discussion about our differences.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Friday Institute
Audience: All CED Students
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Paula McAvoy
Credit: 1.0

PD 558 - North Carolina American Indians: LIVE! Streaming Event
 

Museum educator Sally Bloom and Teryn Smith, a member of the Sappony Tribe, taught a live class from the museum’s exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, sharing information and insights into North Carolina’s historic and contemporary native peoples.

Date: Thursday, November 14th, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 512
Audience: The event is open to the campus community and the general public, and NC State College of Education faculty, staff, and students especially are encouraged to attend.
Instructor/contact: Tiffany Wiggins
Credit: 0.5

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 the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 6611 - American Education Week Kick-off
 

Come join us for the N.C. Principal of the Year, Matthew Bristow-Smith, and NC State's Student Teacher of the Year, Julia Lowe. They will discuss what inspired them to be educators, as well as tips and best practices for pre-service teachers. There will also be time for questions and answers, so please bring your questions!

Date: November 18, 2019
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 PM
Location: Daniels 434
Audience: Teaching Fellows, College of Education Students, Passport to Success Students
Contact/Instructor: Crystal Espey
Credit: 1.0

PD 6613 – Men in Education Roundtable (Parent of American Education Week)
 

Men are considered a minority in the field of Education. Please join us for a round-table style event that will allow you to hear from successful men in the field of Education.

Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Location: SAS Hall 2235
Audience: All College of Education Students, particularly those who identify as male
Contact/Instructor: Amanda Beller
Credit: 0.5

PD 539 - Social Justice in Our Communities Symposium 2019
 

The Social Justice in our Communities Symposium on Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm is an annual opportunity for students to hear different perspectives and engage in critical conversations centered around some of the themes of this year’s NC State Common Read, Born A Crime by comedian Trevor Noah.

This year's symposium will examine issues of the injustices and inequities associated with race and racial identity, class and language, and the impact of various social issues on educational environments and our communities. Although set primarily in South Africa, this year's common read presents may issues that are prevalent in the modern-day United States. At the symposium, attendees will gain insight and learn from a diverse group of panelists including community leaders, NC State faculty members, and educators. Sharing their professional expertise and personal experiences, panelists will provide attendees with additional context, and practical ways to engage and take action against inequitable practices.
To receive full PGU credit, participation in a Common Read discussion group prior to the event is mandatory.

Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Kamphoefner Hall, Burns Auditorium
Audience: All Students, Faculty & Staff
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Wiggins
Credit: 1.0

PD 875 - Native Americans and Education
 

Join the Multicultural Young Educators Network (MYEN) and The Triangle Native American Society (TNAS) for a discussion filled program about the successes and struggles for Native American students, teachers, and youth advocates in the NC public education system and beyond. TNAS will be providing speakers to discuss with MYEN the ways that we can appropriately advocate for Native American and American Indian students in schools.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall 512
Audience: Preservice teachers, future educators, and youth advocates
Contact/Instructor: Ben Wendt
Credit: 0.5

PD 874 - NC State Education Scholars Program: Exciting Educational Opportunities in Rural Counties
 

Are you a junior, senior, or MAT student who will graduate in December 2020 or May 2021? The NC State Education Scholars program (formerly TIP Scholars) is opening applications--and we want you to apply! Meet with program representatives and the current NC State Education Scholars to learn more about how to become a part of this unique post-graduation scholarship program, and how you can earn up to $10,000 by teaching for two years in a participating district.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 216
Audience: Undergraduate and MAT students
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Richerdson White
Credit: 0.5

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 the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

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 the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

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 the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

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 the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

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 the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

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 the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 559 - Improve Your Teaching about Issues of Identity, Diversity, and Equity
 

Candidates are invited to receive PGU credit for receiving feedback on their teaching about a diversity topic. Candidates will develop and lead a 30-60 minute lesson in the course Teaching about Identities, Diversity, and Equity in K-12 and Higher Education (ECI 509 001). This is a practicum course for undergraduate and graduate students interested in learning about and practicing strategies for how to design and lead activities about diversity in ways that promote productive engagement and reduce resistance. Students in the course give feedback to each other and outside instructors. The class meets Tuesdays 1:30-4:15 in Poe 214.

Process:
1. Candidates develop a lesson they want to practice and contact Dr. Byrd to discuss scheduling (christy_byrd@ncsu.edu).
2. Before their scheduled class session, candidates check-in with a consulting student from ECI 509 to confirm the final details.
3. Candidates teach their lessons and receive feedback during the class session.
4. Candidates meet with their consultants to debrief the feedback.

Date: Tuesdays in Spring semester 2020
Time: 1:30 - 4:15 PM
Location: Poe Hall 214
Audience: College of Education students
Instructor/contact: Christy Byrd (christy_byrd@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 6607 – NCATA Mid-Winter Conference
 

The NCATA Mid-Winter Conference is a day-long professional development for agriculture teachers. Topics relate to instruction, classroom management, SAE, and FFA.

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: TBD
Audience: Agricultural Education Students
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Park
Credit: 1.5

PD 676 NC Agriculture Teachers Association and CTE Summer Conference
 

Agricultural Education and CTE students will attend the annual conference of the NCACTE and NCATA in Greensboro, NC. Participants will complete professional development related to curriculum, leadership, and CTE/Ag content areas.

Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Koury Convention Center Greensboro, NC
Audience: Agricultural Education Student teachers ONLY
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Park
Credit: 1.5