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January 12, 2017 - Volume 1

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North Carolina leads nation in national
board certified teachers

North Carolina continues to lead the nation in numbers of teachers who have earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nearly 21,000 teachers in North Carolina have attained national certification, which is based on a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically takes from one to three years to complete. Nationally, 533 teachers earned certification in 2015-16, raising the total among all states to nearly 113,000. In addition, almost 3,400 teachers nationally achieved re-certification, including 916 teachers in North Carolina. North Carolina accounts for almost 21 percent of all teachers nationally who are certified by the teaching standards organization. In addition, five North Carolina public school districts placed in the top 20 nationally for numbers of teachers with national certification: Wake County remained first with 2,522; Charlotte-Mecklenburg is fourth with 1,959; Guilford County is ninth with 774; Winston-Salem/Forsyth is 15th with 555; and Buncombe County is 16th with 541. Thank you NC teachers for continuing to strengthen your craft and improve learning for students. Tweet us @NCSTEM with suggestions or thoughts about this issue or future ones. Enjoy your e-Update!

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Senate committee delays Betsy DeVos' confirmation hearing

The U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee has rescheduled a confirmation hearing for President-elect Donald J. Trump's pick to lead the Education Department, Betsy DeVos. The hearing is now scheduled for Tuesday (Jan. 17) at 5 p.m. EDT.

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STEM program expands to reach military children

Military family life can teach children useful skills and values like loyalty and patriotism, but constant moving can have a serious impact a student's academic success, which the National Math and Science Initiative's College Readiness Program aims to help improve.

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Applications due for Biogen Foundation STEM grants

Biogen Foundation will award $135,000 in grants to support innovative science education programs and projects across North Carolina. Ignite the Power of STEM applications are due by Sunday.

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IEI welcomes Leslie Boney as new director

The Institute for Emerging Issues has named Leslie Boney as its new director, and we have found that the IEI Ten provides some interesting insight into this North Carolina leader.

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STEM Spotlight

Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals

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With STEM jobs expected to grow 1.7 times faster than non-STEM professions in the coming years, the personal-finance website WalletHub followed up on its Best & Worst Cities to Find a Job report with an in-depth analysis of 2017’s Best & Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals. Click the image above or this link to learn more. Sneak peak: Four NC areas were named in the top 100.


Resources & Tools

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North Carolina Statewide STEM Strategy

STEM Education Data and Trends

The Connectory

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Elementary STEM Implementation Rubric

Middle School STEM Implementation Rubric

High School STEM Implementation Rubric

STEM Attributes for North Carolina Schools

NC STEM ScoreCard

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U.S. Department of Education

North Carolina Network of Grantmakers

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

NC STEM Center Funding Resources

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STEM Grants & Awards

NEF CyberLearning STEM Grants for schools


NEF’s STEM+ Academy Grant


PPG Industries Foundation Education and Community Grants


STEM Trivia

Last issue's STEM Trivia question: What meteorological event in the North Atlantic ocean was report this week by the WMO? The answer: A World Meteorological Organization expert committee has established a new world record significant wave height of 19 meters (62.3 feet) measured by a buoy in the North Atlantic. Thanks for participating and all the correct answers!

Let's see how well you do with this week's question ...

The Moon is much older than previously thought and likely formed how many years ago, according to a study released this week by American scientists?

Think you know the answer? Click here to submit your response to @NCSTEM. If you choose not to click that link, please include the word "answer" in your tweet so we can find it (the link will automatically do so for you). We’ll announce winners in the next e-Update!

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Upcoming STEM Events


What's New?

The NC STEM Center has entered into a partnership with The Connectory, the go-to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities for the children in their lives and for program providers to find partners with which to collaborate. Visit Find Opportunities to browse other upcoming opportunities.

Events Calendar

EdCamp STEM West: The Unconference

North Carolina Center of Innovation Network InnovEight 8

2017 Emerging Issues Focus Forum: kidoNomiCs

NC TIES Conference 2017

E2 Summit: Connecting Employers & Educators

NC CAP 2017 SYNERGY Conference

USA Science & Engineering Festival

Extreme X-STEM Symposium

United States of Anchors: SHLB's 7th Annual Conference

Do you have an event coming up and want people to know about it?

Send us your event information to include in a future NC STEM e-Update

Thank You!

Regional STEM Resources

Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum

The Outer Banks Children's Museum in Kitty Hawk is dedicated to promoting science, technology, engineering and technology through hands-on, interactive exhibits. Click on the image below or the orange "read more" button to learn more about this valuable STEM resource in North Carolina.

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Learn more more about STEM programs in your community, click here. Become a member of NC STEM Center today. Joining is free and easy. Logged-in members get access to grant opportunities and the ability to promote their STEM programs and events.

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