Sowing The Seeds Of A Growth Mindset Ncaee Piedmont-Triad Spring Conference


The North Carolina Association of Elementary Educators (NCAEE), founded in fall 2005, is the only professional organization in North Carolina—and one of two in the nation—established expressly to advocate for and serve elementary educators (including teachers, school-site administrators, central office administrators, professors of education, and DPI administrators) and elementary level children.

In addition to hosting the state Elementary School Conference each fall and annual one-day spring conferences in each of the eight regions, NCAEE remains steadfast in sharing a wealth of terrific teaching tips, helpful information, timely research data, and encouraging words to support and promote instruction in the elementary classroom through informative blogs (, Pinterest ideas (, and Facebook posts (


  • Promote professionalism
  • Provide opportunities for leadership
  • Provide opportunities for networking with other elementary educators
  • Serve as a voice/advocate for elementary educators and children
  • Provide resources that support elementary educators
  • Develop and maintain partnerships for teacher education (e.g., among personnel of state agencies, state and national associations, public and independent schools, and colleges and universities)
  • Promote awareness of practices based on scientific research
  • Promote rigor in instruction (information retrieved from


The Arts Based School in Winston-Salem will host the Piedmont-Triad regional spring conference, Nurturing a Better Mindset, on April 19, 2018 from 3:30-7:00 p.m. Regional Director, Leni Fragakis, conference co-chair, Alysha Christian (both educators at The Arts Based School), and the regional board members have taken every step to ensure conference goers have a highly informative evening, and a lot of fun, too! Participants will have an opportunity to network with like-minded elementary colleagues, learn about creative instructional strategies from dynamic presenters, have a chance to win some fantastic door prizes, and leave encouraged and motivated to positively impact the life of K-6 learners. (CEUs are available).

“The NCAEE conference is a great place for teachers to learn from multiple fellow educators, all in one afternoon. It provided me with the opportunity to have professional development in areas that I may not otherwise have had. All educators should take advantage of this amazing resource!” ~Natalie Grady (Asheboro City Schools)


April is National Poetry Month, so it is fitting the keynote speaker is a well-known, award-winning poetry performer. Michael Beadle, a Raleigh, NC resident, is the author of four poetry chapbooks, a poetry CD, and three books on historic photographs of Haywood County. As a journalism graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, he has published more than 1,500 articles for newspapers and magazines, won several N.C. Press Association awards for his feature writing, and interviewed notable musicians and writers. Since 1999, he has worked as an A+ Schools Fellow, teaching and facilitating dozens of staff development workshops throughout North Carolina.

“The NCAEE conference sparks insightful ideas, educational encouragement, practical classroom solutions, and brings kindred hearts together for the sake of effectively educating children.” ~Rebekah Hollar (Davidson County Schools)


  1. Gain information on new teaching ideas, emerging data, technology, and more
  2. Renewal of growth mindset and commitment to best practice
  3. Opportunity to network, build partnerships and plan joint venture opportunities
  4. Walk away with ideas to implement now, CEUs, and door prizes
  5. Time with like-minded professionals is inspirational and refreshing
  6. Highly entertaining acclaimed author and motivating session presenters

“The regional conference was a great opportunity to network, as well as learn strategies from other educators that I could immediately implement into my first-grade classroom.”  ~Becca Lard (Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools)


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