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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 580 – CCC #2 A Courageous Conversation with Professor Emeritus David Gillborn
 

A faculty member in educational policy (ELPHD) will moderate this conversation. The moderator will engage Dr. Gillborn in conversation about his scholarship on race in education. Through this conversation, Dr. Gillborn will engage students, faculty, and staff in conversation about the complexities both within the US and internationally relative to race in education. The goal is to increase knowledge and awareness and invigorate our call to action to become an anti-racist college of education.

Date: Friday, October 15th, 2021
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Location: Online
Audience: Students, Faculty, and Staff
Instructor/contact: Caranda Shubrick
Credit: 0.5

PD 6680 – Mental Health in Classrooms: The Role of Future Educators
 

This event is presented by NCSU Mental Health Ambassadors on behalf of the Counseling Center. We will discuss facts about mental health education in NC schools, and the role of future educators in promoting the mental health of students. We hope to encourage conversations about mental health awareness, implementation of early intervention for mental illness, and the importance of teaching the “whole student”.

Date: Monday, October 18th, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Park Shops 200
Audience: College of Education Undergraduate Students
Instructor/contact: Caroline Mosher (cgmosher@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 727 – Fulbright & Other Funded Opportunities Abroad for Graduate Students
 

This session is perfect for graduate students who are interested in Fulbright and other funded opportunities to engage globally. They will get to meet Courtney Hughes, the Director of the University Fellowships Office, and have a chance to ask their questions.

Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall 120
Audience: Graduate Students
Instructor/contact: Ajaya Jonas
Credit: 0.5

PD 725 – Study Abroad Funding Session College of Education Edition
 

This event aims to inform undergraduate College of Education students about study abroad funding opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to meet Seth Parrish, the Assistant Director of Study Abroad Office, and ask their questions.

Date: Monday, October 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Location: Poe 512
Audience: Undergraduate Students
Instructor/contact: Ajaya Jonas
Credit: 0.5

PD 364 – Tips and Tricks for Creating Your Own DESMOS Activity
 

DESMOS is an interactive technology tool to help deepen students’ mathematical understanding. Join NCCTM and Andy Khounmeuang, Math Education Class of 2020 and math teacher at Panther Creek HS, to learn tips and tricks for creating your own DESMOS activity.

Date: Tuesday, October 26th, 2021
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 218 and Online
Audience: Anyone interested in teaching Math
Instructor/contact: Dr. Cyndi Edgington
Credit: 0.5

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.

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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)

PD 6681 – First Year Alumni Teacher Panel
 

Join us for a conversation with first-year teachers across North Carolina! This session will be a virtual, zoom event, and features NC State College of Education Alumni who are currently teaching in the classroom. We will discuss classroom management strategies, beginning teacher support, and tips/ tricks for student teaching that will help prepare you in your future classroom. We will also open it up for Q & A discussion and hope you will join us!

Date: Monday, November 1st, 2021
Time: 5:15 – 6:45 PM
Location: Online (https://ncsu.zoom.us/j/94865223054?pwd=UUJxVHMwQ0t2LytqZUZvc2d0OUo4QT09)
Audience: All preservice Teachers (UG and MAT)
Instructor/contact: Crystal Espey
Credit: 1.0

PD 6679 – OH CHRISTMAS TREE, HOW LOVELY IS YOUR STEM CONNECTION!
 

Participants will learn how to use Ag in the Classroom resources while focusing on STEM connections in the Christmas tree industry. Participants will receive an AITC resource box.

REGISTRATION WILL OPEN ON OCTOBER 21ST.

Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2021
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Location: Online
Audience: Agriculture and Elementary Education students
Instructor/contact: Dr. Travis Park
Credit: 1.0

Dining with Democracy
 

Cupcakes for Dining with DemoracyJoin us for an evening of discussion 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. This event will be held via Zoom.

In addition to the NC State University community, we are inviting area middle and high school students, teachers, parents and community members. All are welcome.

Dr. Paula McAvoy, and Dr. Christy Byrd, professors in the NC State College of Education, will host the evening, and NC State College of Education students will guide participants through the discussion activities.

PGU and CEU credits are available for NC State students and North Carolina teachers.

Please complete the form to register to attend and receive the event link: https://ncsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvcu-urj0tEtU1XVqnfXseoRBqMl_Ezams


PD 6616 – Dinner with Democracy
 

Join us for an evening of discussion about contemporary issues facing the American public during the Dining with Democracy event on Thursday, Nov. 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 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. This event will be held via Zoom.

In addition to the NC State University community, we are inviting area middle and high school students, teachers, parents, and community members. All are welcome.

Dr. Paula McAvoy, and Dr. Christy Byrd, professors in the NC State College of Education, will host the evening, and NC State College of Education students will guide participants through the discussion activities.
Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Location: Virtual
Audience: CED Students
Instructor/contact: Dr. Paula McAvoy and Dr. Christy Byrd
Credit: 1.0

PD 362 – Chromebook 101: How to work with students in a 1:1 Chromebook School.
 

Are you getting ready to teach at a 1:1 Chromebook school? This 45-minute session will get you started with Teaching and Learning with Chromebooks, go over classroom management of the devices, and briefly introduce the Google For Education Workspace.

Date: Thursday, November 11th, 2021
Time: 4:15 – 5:00 PM
Location: METRC
Audience: CED students
Instructor/contact: Jeanne McClure
Credit: 0.5

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