Teacher Professional Learning

Academic Innovation Conference Logo

Join us for a three-day interactive conference that allows teachers to explore and engage in innovation to learn, connect, and plan with fellow educators and innovators! The goal of this event is to bring educators together to showcase innovation happening in classrooms in North Carolina. 

Conference Website

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Friday, June 17th - Day 1 

Join us on June 17th for Day 1 of the Academic Innovation Conference as teachers engage in showcasing their work this school year and take part in snapshots from innovative practices from around Western North Carolina. 


Saturday, June 18th - Day 2 

On Day 2 of the conference, watch as teams of real students participate in a Pitch Competition where they have developed models to sell to a panel of judges. Explore maker spaces and vendors to expand your toolkit for your classroom.

Register a Team to Pitch


Sunday, June 19th - Day 3  

The final day of the summit will be a day of reflection, collaboration, and building from the exploration session on Day 1 and the engagement session on Day 2. This allows attendees to evolve their practices and thinking as they plan the next school year. 

RootED Program

The RootED program is a partnership between Appalachian GEAR UP and Constructive Learning Design striving to connect students and educators in western North Carolina with community partners to address and solve authentic, local challenges. This program engages students to apply experiences gained from postsecondary education back into their home regions and communities.


COVID-19 Resources

As our schools work through the evolving pandemic, changes in state educational policy and challenges of teaching remotely, we recognize that it can be an overwhelming task to research, learn and implement the new tools required for distance education. Below is a curated list of resources for educators to help them navigate the stream of apps, and web 2.0 tools with some of the simplest and most accessible tools available to tackle the various tasks of distance learning. Please feel free to share and distribute this document accordingly.

Click individual links below for full pdf downloads of resources: