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The Governor’s Educator Discovery Award

The Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards recognize the value of quality professional development for teachers at all phases of their careers.  The program will provide a stipend of up to $1,000 for preK-12 traditional public and public charter school teachers to pursue a professional development experience of their choosing. Teachers can use the grant award to attend a workshop or conference that deepens their subject area knowledge, such as a coding workshop for computer science teachers, or a session on how to create a project-based learning experience for students. The program aims to hand out six to 12 awards during the 2018-19 school year. 


Teachers are the most important factor in improving student success in our public schools. We want to give them more ways to get the training and professional development they need to connect their classroom to future career opportunities for their students.
— Governor Roy Cooper

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Governor’s Educator Discovery Awards, North Carolina public and Charter school teachers must submit a proposal that includes details about their teaching experience and the professional development activity they wish to pursue. Applicants also need to describe how their participation in the professional development experience will enhance their efforts to create a work-based learning activity for their students. Click here to apply.

Upcoming Application Deadlines: January 1, 2019 | April 1, 2019 | July 15, 2019

Evaluation of Applications: Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of business leaders and educators. Awardees will be notified of their selection via email at the address provided in their application. 

The Governor's Educator Discovery Award is made possible by the members of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education.