New Opportunities: June 29, 2020

Career Awards for Science and Mathematics Teachers

About the Award

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s Career Award for Science and Mathematics Teachers recognizes outstanding STEM teachers in the North Carolina public primary and secondary schools.

The award provides $175,000 over five years and is available to North Carolina teachers who have an outstanding performance record in educating children and who demonstrate solid knowledge of STEM content.

This award presents opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other master science and/or mathematics teachers who will help to ensure their success as teachers and their satisfaction with the field of teaching. The award offers schools and school districts the opportunity to fully develop and empower teachers as leaders in the field.

Special consideration will be given to teachers working in hard-to-staff, economically deprived classrooms in North Carolina. Special consideration will also be given to efforts that integrate environmental science and climate change into STEM-related curriculum.

The Fund and the State Board of Education recognizes that improving STEM education in North Carolina will require systemic revision of K-12 instruction.

Teachers who are content-area experts and have the pedagogical skills are critical to ensuring a students’ success in understanding STEM subjects. These teachers can make a difference by serving as change agents, not only for their students, but also for other educators across the state.

The largest hurdle in accomplishing these goals has been a severe shortage of STEM teachers (even beyond North Carolina’s ongoing teacher shortage). In 2015, just 13 percent of the University of North Carolina system’s 4,675 newly prepared teachers were certified in computer science/technology, science, and mathematics.

Eligibility and Application Process

Please review the Request for Proposals for detailed information on eligibility and the application process.

Due: September 30th, 2020 by 4:00pm


View the Frequently Asked Questions page.

If your question is not answered after reviewing the FAQs, email Alfred Mays or Tiffanie Taylor with “2021 CASMT” as the subject line.

PDF icon2021 CASMT Request for Proposals

STEM West is now a Community Partner with GWC!!
  • ? Code at Home: Did you miss last week’s CFH?! Go back to check it out, it’s one of our favorites.   
  •  Virtual SIP: Due to overwhelming demand, we’re excited to announce our new 1-Week accelerated Summer Immersion Program for Rounds 4-6 (August 3-7, 10-14, and 17-21). It’s the last week to apply!
  • ? SIP Summer Speaker Series: What do Melinda Gates, Soledad O’Brien, and NASA astronaut Christina Koch all have in common? They’re joining our exclusive speaker series for SIP girls! “It’s time for ‘Netflix, reading and sleep”
    If Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai is embracing self-care and celebration, we should all follow her lead! We don’t hate the idea of covering ourselves in cake either. Congrats on graduation from Oxford, Malala.  “We cannot let our fear of failure deter us from the work that needs to be done.”
    There’s no one way to talk to our children about racism. And as our COO Dr. Tarika Barrett points out, the only wrong way is to not bother at all.  GLAADxTeen Vogue: 20 Under 20 
    This inaugural list honors young LGBTQ people who are breaking barriers and inspiring us all. And guess who’s on it?! GWC alum Shannon Li! Congrats Shannon!!!  “What would be the one piece of advice that you would give to a girl of color trying to live her dreams?”
    We loved this question submitted to our CEO Reshma last week! Here’s her answer, “Remember that you are enough, that you can take up space. Find that confidence within yourself, and choose to be brave—not perfect.” And by the way, our Board Member Bozoma Saint John had some amazing advice in our last speaker series on this question exactly! Got a question? Drop us a line here.

Stay safe, stay strong. 

Yours in sisterhood, 
The Girls Who Code team 

See e-update here!

IDEA-CON provides educators with a flexible professional development program this summer. Sessions are available online beginning July 30-31, and renewal credits will be provided. Sessions will range from 15 minute splashes to 30 minute discussions. Live interactions will be hosted in an
interactive Facebook Group, and a combination of live plenary speakers and door prizes will keep things interesting! IDEA-CON will combine STEM-focused sessions with general professional development on engaging online and preparing for the upcoming academic year. And best of all – this conference is FREE!

IDEA-CON opens on July 30-31, but most materials will be available to participants for 4 months for your convenience.
A combination of live and prerecorded sessions available online make this conference super convenient but still engaging.
IDEA-CON focuses on great ideas for your classroom, including technology, hands on activities, and resources available to you.
Register Here!
For more information about the conference and how to register, please visit the Mathematics and Science Education Center site.
All registrants will receive additional update emails as we near the conference date that provide information on accessing the conference online, how to request renewal credits, and an up to date agenda. Questions? Contact the Mathematics and Science Education Center at

NCCAT Programs


July 6, 2020 to July 9, 2020  Located at

Note: This program is virtual

Explore how teachers and students with no prior knowledge can use the Maker Movement to become inventors and designers. Teachers will learn the basics of the Maker Movement and how to integrate hands-on creative lessons into their standards to reach the needs of all students. We will explore green screen projects, basic robotics, coding, design theory, 3D printing, building and making, STEAM projects, and much more!

CLICK HERE TO APPLYProgram type: Standard

NC Conference for Educational Equity

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 9:00 a.m. – Wednesday, July 22, 2020 3:00 p.m.

Join educators from across the state for a FREE two-day virtual conference dedicated to exploring the multiple dimensions of educational equity. NC Conference for Educational Equity will focus on rethinking our practices, disrupting a broken system and discussing innovative solutions that create equitable outcomes for every student in North Carolina. Throughout the conference, participants will select from a variety of interactive sessions that focus equity as it relates to systemic educational barriers, race, LGBTQ+, English Learners, Exceptional Children, and much more.


Session Schedule: COMING SOON! 

Day 1: Tuesday, July 21st 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Keynote Address

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Day 2: Wednesday, July 22nd 

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Educator Panel

10:15 AM – 3:00 PM: Concurrent Sessions

Keynote Speakers 

Tru Pettigrew

Tru Pettigrew: Tru is a celebrated author, an engaging speaker, a committed community leader, and an award-winning marketing executive with 20 years of experience at the nation’s top advertising & marketing agencies. Tru currently serves as founder and President of Tru Access (, which is an inspiration and empowerment consultancy that serves individuals and organizations by helping them to bridge gaps. His first book, “Millennials Revealed” serves as a guide for countless individuals and organizations across the country to help them build meaningful connections across diverse generations. As a Diversity & Inclusion advocate and committed Community Bridge Builder, Tru has established a strong reputation for building bridges across racial, cultural, social, and relational lines. Tru currently lives in Cary, NC with his wife of 17 years, Tameka, and their 7-year-old son Austin.

Tony Godwin

Tony Godwin: Tony retired in January 2019 as the Chief of Police for the Town of Cary.  His 30-year career with the Cary Police Department began as an intern when he was a Senior at NC State University.  Following graduation, he began as a patrol officer and went on to work nearly every assignment in the department over the next 3 decades.  He served as the Region VII Director for the NC Assoc. of Chiefs of Police, The Chairman of the Carolinas Region for the Atlanta/Carolinas High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area through the US Drug Enforcement Agency and finally, he was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina as a state commissioner for the Industrial Hemp Commission.  During the last 5 years of his career Tony found his passion for building bridges between law enforcement and communities of color, which is the work he continues today through his partnership with Tru Pettigrew at Tru Access.  Tony is married for over 20 years to a former law enforcement officer, Shannon, and they have two sons, Wyatt (18) and Colton (9).

Register Here!

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