New Opportunities: April 27, 2023

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New Opportunities: April 2023
Summer Student Opportunity–No Cost!

We are excited to share that the Summer Accelerator residential program, sponsored by the Dogwood Health Trust, is open for applications!  We are offering two courses for rising 7th – 9th grade students and two courses for rising 10th – 12th grade students.  We have openings for 60 middle and high school students to stay on our NCSSM-Morganton campus during the week of July 23-28th to take one of these summer courses. Currently, we have too many applicants for Forensics so only put that course as a 2nd option if you are interested in it.

This opportunity is only available to students in the Dogwood Health Trust area. You MUST live in one of these 18 counties: Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey as well as the Qualla Boundary. The application process is competitive. We would really love to have all 19 areas represented. The students’ rooms, food, courses, supplies, and field trips will be covered by the grant. They just need to get to Morganton on July 23 and be picked up on July 28th.  The application deadline has been extended to May 5th and finalists will be notified on May 12th. Students may apply at

Burroughs Wellcome Fund:
Grant Now Open

Student STEM Enrichment Program – Burroughs Wellcome Fund ( is accepting applications!

Item Writing Workshop for Science (Grades 5, 8, and Biology) 

This June, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) will host item writing workshops for the State’s draft science content standards, which are scheduled to be presented to the State Board of Education this June and voted on for adoption in July.

As part of the development process for new science assessments, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is recruiting educators to participate in an item writing workshop for grades 5, 8, and biology.  During item writing workshops, participants will learn how to write and review assessment items aligned to the proposed draft of new standards for the end-of-grade and end-of-course science assessments.

NCDPI is recruiting the following educators:

·        General education science teachers (grades 5, 8, and biology)

·        Science content specialists

·        District level personnel with science credentials

In-person workshops will be held in Raleigh on June 20-21.  Participants will be compensated $180 per day, reimbursed for travel, and awarded 0.7 continuing education units per day.

Please complete the form linked below by May 15 to be considered.  Selected participants will be contacted by May 30, 2023 with additional Information.

Information about NC’s test development process is available at

Interest Form link: 

Resource Highlight

Dive In

Water is undoubtably one of our most important resources. In this lesson, students use driving questions to discover the agricultural significance of water sources, why water is needed to produce and maintain life, and how they can responsibly use water. They will then use their new skills and knowledge to create a presentation based on careers related to water that they are most interested in.

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How to Start a Class Garden

By Rebecca Reynandez

Spring has sprung, which means now is the perfect time to start a classroom garden!

Learn how to get your garden growing with minimal resources while engaging all ages with hands-on learning.

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The Branch

 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has free membership for K-12 educators. Benefits and resources include (but are not limited to):


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Jake Williams

K-12 Programs Manager
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

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