1. Great Summer Opportunities for NC Teachers

    North Carolina has some amazing opportunities for educators around the state. Don’t let the chance pass you buy to build your professional network, grow your own learning, and find new ways to make your classroom engaging for your students!   The NC Museum of Natural Sciences has some exciting opportunities for educators this summer. See […]

  2. DEN Reads and Shares

    Looking for ideas for summer reading? Want to start a professional book club in your area? Check out these excellent suggestions from DEN members from across the country.   Brain Rules John Medina 979777704 Rating: 4 I think this is a great book for teachers to read about how the brain works. Favorite line/quote:  Brain […]

  3. Pendemonium

    Are you looking for ways to incorporate more grammar lessons into your class? Do you love finding ways to integrate history and geography throughout the day? If so, check out the Pendemonium series on Discovery Streaming. In Discovery Education’s Lesson Plan Library, you can even find a collection of free lesson plans to enhance your […]

  4. Free STEM Opportunity for NC Students

    The Exploring the Earth Camp could be for you! NC State is offering a FREE weeklong summer day camp to for rising Juniors and Seniors to learn geoscience field and laboratory research techniques. Geoscientists investigate the Earth, its rocks, oceans and atmosphere. We forecast the weather, develop land-use plans, explore other planets and the solar system, determine environmental impacts, find new […]

  5. DEN Reads and Shares

    More excellent professional reading suggestions from our awesome DEN members!   Creating Innovators Tony Wagner 978-1-4516-1149-6 Rating: 5: DEN Finger Worthy In this book Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. This […]

  6. Data Stream Ocean course – Free!

    Calling all educators, both formal and informal!     There are spaces available in the Fall 2013 semester of DataStreme Ocean!  The only cost to you is your time — time to complete the weekly investigations and time to attend the meetings (plus whatever costs are involved for travel to the meetings).   DataStreme Ocean […]

  7. NC DEN STAR Spotlight

    Meet ALISON SCHLEEDE   Where do you teach? Wake County Schools, Raleigh, NC   What do you teach? 9-12 Technology Integration   When did you become a DEN member? 2010   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? I love being able to learn from other educators across the country!  I have connected […]

  8. End of the Year Engagement

    Last week’s #denchat focused on sharing ideas for finishing out the year by keeping students focused and engaged! We all know that this is the best way to keep our students, and ourselves, motivated and out of trouble. Busy kids do best! Here are a few of the highlights from our conversation. Coding: I recently […]

  9. DEN Reads and Shares

    Check out the next installment of great books shared by DEN members! These are some fabulous ideas for professional reads.     The Six Secrets of Change  Michael Fullan 978-1-118-15260-7 Rating: 5: DEN Finger Worthy This is a great read for leaders in education. Not only are the six secrets easy to incorporate, but Fullan […]

  10. NC Geocaching Day Success!

    geocaching day 2013

    Thanks to Mark Case, NC DEN Star extraordinaire, who led an amazing NC Geocaching Day event on Saturday, May 18. Thirty-one educators, geocachers, and families met up at the Cedar Rock park in Guilford County, North Carolina, and learned so much. Thanks Mark!

  11. NC DEN STAR Spotlight

    Meet CONNI MULLIGAN   Where do you teach? Buncombe County Schools, Asheville, NC   What do you teach? K-12 Technology Integration   When did you become a DEN member? 2006   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? My favorite thing about being a part of the DEN is the totally AWESOMTASTIC INSPIRATIONAL […]

  12. Summer Opportunities from NC Museum of Natural Sciences

    The NC Museum of Natural Sciences has some exciting opportunities for educators this summer! Join us for a workshop this July. Workshop descriptions below!   To register, follow this link: http://files.naturalsciences.org/education/Ed_Trek_reg_form_2012.pdf   Entomology 101 for Teachers Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh, NC July 10-12, 2013 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily Cost: $25 (includes a field guide and […]

  13. Science Fair Workshop for Teachers in Western NC

    Science Fair Workshop for Teachers June 5, 2013 Western Carolina University Room 143, Cordelia Camp Building Free (pre-registration required) Lunch will be included Register Online Now http://www.wcu.edu/academics/edoutreach/conted/profdev/Science-Fair-Workshop-for-Teachers.asp Jim Davis will discuss his strategies for a successful science fair. Jim, who teaches at Tuscola High School, has been planning successful science fairs for years. He has […]

  14. I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up!

    I always laugh when I see that commercial. I don’t know why. I mean- it is pretty sad…the old man or lady are lying on the floor and they can’t move. I couldn’t understand why they were in that predicament and why they couldn’t get themselves up…..until TODAY!  I am tired. I mean really tired! […]

  15. Observing Regional and Global Water Resources – Free PD

    Observing Regional and Global Water Resources Using remote sensing and field data to better understand the hydrologic cycle   A FREE Professional Development Institute for Teachers   Tuesday July 30, 8:30AM – 5:00PM Wednesday, July 31, 8:30AM-5:00PM At the North Carolina Botanical Garden UNC-Chapel Hill In this two day teacher professional development institute participants will […]

  16. NC STAR Spotlight

    Meet DOTTIE SMALL   Where do you teach? Garrett Elementary   What do you teach? ELA, 5th Grade   When did you become a DEN member? 2010   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? I like to be invited to free seminars and such for information on new initiatives.   What’s your […]

  17. Climbing the TrEE Conference

    The 2013 Conference Committee for Environmental Educators of North Carolina has released the Call for Proposals. Climbing the TrEE will be held at the NC Arboretum in Asheville on September 12-15, 2013. http://www.eenc.org/index.php/in-the-news/north-carolina/178-call-for-proposals       Proposals will be accepted until May 31, 2013.   The committee is seeking proposals that fall into one of five […]

  18. DEN Reads… and Shares

    Are you ready to stock up on some summer reading? Check out some of these great professional suggestions from our fellow DEN Readers! We will post new suggestions every week. Don’t forget that you can add your own favorites and earn points for DEN Spring Training. Make your recommendations HERE!   Flip Your Classroom: Reach […]

  19. NC STAR Spotlight

    Meet KELLY HINES   Where do you teach? Guilford County Schools   What do you teach? 5th Graders!   When did you become a DEN member? Spring 2008, I think   What’s your favorite thing about being a DEN member? I love the enthusiasm, encouragement and expertise of my fellow DEN members!   What’s your […]

  20. Grants R’ Us

    I had the most amazing privilege of attending DENSI 2012 last summer in Bozeman, Montana. I met some of the most beautiful and talented people that I have ever known in education. We learned, ate, raced, danced, blogged, videoed, traveled, laughed, and then we unconferenced! During this unconference time about 15 people gathered and spent […]

  21. Discovery Education Sneak Peek Webinar Series

    Be the first to get a look at upcoming enhancements to Discovery Education! This sneak peek will showcase integration strategies for leveraging new tools, content, and resources, including Discovery Education Student Board Builder and the new Discovery Education Streaming Plus with model lessons, assessments, and digital content designed to address specific Math and ELA Common […]

  22. This just in!

    DEN Guru and STAR extraordinaire, Conni Mulligan, announced today that she will be hosting an event for DEN Geocaching Day, May 18, at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC. Directions: http://www.ncarboretum.org/plan-a-visit-or-event/hours-directions/Registration for the day will be open at 9:00 with the days activities beginning at 9:30AM. We will wrap up the days events at 2:00 […]