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Sept. 23 | Volume 18 - 2021

2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools

  Eight North Carolina public schools were named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021 this week by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. The eight schools are among 325 schools nationwide recognized this year for their overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps. North Carolina public schools receiving this honor are: Pender Early College High School; Sampson Early College High School; Pearsontown Elementary School in Durham; Elkin Middle School; Brush Creek Elementary School in Madison County; Union Elementary School in Lincoln County; Blue Ridge Elementary School in Ashe County; and Sallie B. Howard Charter School in Wilson. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has conferred approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. In North Carolina, a total of 164 schools have been recognized as Blue Ribbon schools since the program’s inception in 1982.

   Read the NCDPI announcement  |  Read the USDoE announcement
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Submit your course idea(s) for next year's
NCSSM Summer Accelerator Program

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) would like you to propose a course (or two or three) for its Summer Accelerator 2022 Program. You can find all of the details on the process, FAQ's, as well as the link to the form for submission in the following two different documents: 2022 Accelerator Course Proposal Request | 2022 Early Accelerator Course Proposal Request. Course proposals are due by Friday, Oct 15.

Use the button below to learn more about the program..



Mapping Eastern NC's Blue Economy Corridor

We all have special places in our lives. Lake houses we returned to summer after summer. Mountaintops with views that take your breath away. For Dr. Emily Yeager at East Carolina University, that place is the Pamlico River Basin. Today, her love of this waterway and passion for sharing its beauty and wonder have inspired a project like no other.



Find great STEM jobs at NC STEM Center

The NC STEM Center is continuously updating career and job opportunities online. We recently added many new listings within the Job Seekers section of the NC STEM website. Quick, easy, free site registration is required.




Featured Program

SciComm Lunch & Learns

SciComm Lunch-and-Learn is a monthly event exploring interesting, novel aspects of science communication in an informal setting. These events will be held once per month during the academic year (September through May) from noon to 1 p.m. The date varies, depending on the availability of our desired presenters. Use the button below to learn more and view other programs at the NC STEM Center.




Featured Opportunity

Leonids Meteor Shower Experience

Come feast your eyes on brilliant meteors as they burn up in the atmosphere high overhead on Nov. 19. Enjoy the crisp air as autumn comes to a close while you layout under the incredible dark skies at PARI. Limited tickets are available; no refunds will be issued unless PARI cancels the event. Use the button below for more and view other STEM opportunities at the NC STEM Center.




NC STEM partners with The Connectory to help you discover local STEM happenings.
Please visit Events Calendar to find these and more upcoming events.

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Professional Development for STEM Classrooms

On Saturdays - Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 - the Smithsonian Science Education Center will host Integrating Culturally Based Instructional Practices into STEM Classrooms virtual professional development. Registration closes Sept. 30. Click here to learn more and register.





The Untapped Talent Pool
A diverse workforce may be closer than you think

NC EAST Alliance has partnered with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) to develop a three-part webinar series titled "The Untapped Talent Pool: A diverse workforce may be closer than you think." Throughout this series speakers will discuss what programs can assist you in accessing new talent pools and highlight companies already using these programs successfully. The three focus areas and dates are: Part I: Prison Work Release Programs and the Formerly Incarcerated - 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 7 | Part II: Veterans and Transitioning Military - 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10 | Part III: Disabled Workers - 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2. Registration is open for Part I.





Webb Space Telescope Community Event w/ NC CAP

On Oct. 19, at 2 p.m., the N.C. Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) will host a free webinar for out-of-school time professionals to discover ways to leverage the James Webb Space Telescope launch and mission milestones in their programs. If you cannot attend the live webinar, you still need to register to access the recording. Learn more.





ECSU Regional Economic Summit

Elizabeth City State University is hosting a Regional Economic Summit on Thursday, Oct. 14. North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Machelle Sanders will be the keynote speaker. Topics to be covered include broadband, economic gardening, minority-owned businesses, workforce development and more. Registration closes Oct. 4. Learn more.





Citizen Schools: Elevating Voices for Equity

Citizen Schools will host Elevating Voices for Equity on Oct. 21 to learn, engage, and bring together students, educators, employers, and policy makers to uplift BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) voices and create actionable recommendations for changing inequities in STEM education. This virtual conversation is set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Learn more.





NC TECH: 2021 Virtual Summit for Women in Tech

While North Carolina ranks as one of the best states in the country for the number of women in tech jobs, there is still lots of room for improvement. Join NC TECH for the 2021 Virtual Summit for Women in Tech, where you can hear from female leaders from all corners of North Carolina. The event will be held virtually on the mornings of Sept. 23-24. Learn more.





Bridging the Gap 2021

Bridging the Gap is an annual conference that aims to strengthen K-16 STEM education throughout North Carolina and the nation. Due to ongoing pandemic safety restrictions and uncertainties, BTG will be a fully-virtual event this October. Learn more.





2021 (virtual) Color of Education Summit

Join the Dudley Flood Center for Educational Equity and Opportunity, along with partners, the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University, in critical conversations centered on addressing issues of racial equity and education at this year's Color of Education Summit in October. Learn more.





The Beacons: 2021 NC Tech Awards

The NC TECH Awards is dedicated to celebrating the best and brightest in the state’s tech sector. This year's event on Nov. 3 at the Raleigh Convention Center is an evening celebration recognizing innovation, growth and leadership. The event includes a reception, dinner, and awards ceremony. This week, the finalists were announced. Learn more.





MCNC Community Day

MCNC's signature Community Day event returns on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at the Durham Convention Center. At this time time, there will be options to attend either in-person or virtually, and will include sessions on broadband, cybersecurity, and other vital initiatives affecting communities across North Carolina. Registration is now open. Learn more.



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