Q. What is work-based learning?
A. Work-based learning strengthens the state’s talent pipeline by providing North Carolinians with career awareness, career exploration, and real-world career experience to build employability and technical skills.
Q. Why is work-based learning important?
A. Work-based learning creates deeper connections between classroom curriculum and future careers. Work-based learning is a powerful tool for engaging, and motivating students. These experiences generate a more well-rounded education improving a students’ chance for future success.
Q. What does work-based learning have to do with this award?
A. The Governor’s Educator Discovery Award asks teachers to connect their proposed professional development opportunity with the work-based learning that happens in their classroom. Successful applicants explain how their professional development opportunity will enhance their ability to create work-based learning activities for their students.
Q. Where can I learn more about work-based learning?
Q. Who funds the Governor’s Educator Discovery Award?
A. The awards are funded by generous members of the North Carolina Business Committee for Education.
Q. Can I apply for funding to attend any professional development opportunity?
A. Yes, but applicants must specify their professional development opportunity ahead of time, and their choice will be evaluated as part of their application package. We encourage applicants to find a reputable professional development opportunity that will tangibly and meaningfully have a positive impact on their teaching.
Q. How do I find professional development opportunities?
A. Information about many professional development opportunities can be found online. In the past, recipients have attended a varied array of conferences, including the ISTE Annual Conference, the Broadway Teacher’s Workshop, and the Adobe Max Creative Conference. You can also ask other educators for professional development recommendations.