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December, 2014

01 Dec

Help NCCAT while you are shopping online

As you shop online this holiday season we hope you will consider helping NCCAT with its mission to advance teaching as an art and a profession. Doing this is easy with An average of 3% of what you spend goes to NCCAT.

02 Dec

Make a #GivingTuesday gift today: Support NCCAT

We give thanks on Thanksgiving. We have Black Friday and Cyber Monday to shop for gifts for loved ones. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Your donation to NCCAT will support the teachers and students of North Carolina today.

02 Dec

Congrats to NCCAT alumnus Brian Smith of Newton-Conover City Schools

We're happy to see Brian Smith of Newton-Conover City Schools in the Hickory Young Professionals Top 10 Under 40 list. Congrats Brian! He has been with us several times at NCCAT.

Here are some highlights of Brian's work for education in NC!

- Assists teachers who have struggling students in their classrooms.

- Provides staff development with integrating math into special areas and facilitates how to work with students who are experiencing trauma.

03 Dec

Why Twitter at 5:30 A.M.?

Are you wondering how educators can use Twitter? NCCAT alumnus Ben Owens writes about this in a recent blog post. Ben teaches physics and mathematics at Tri-County Early College High School in Murphy. Find him on Twitter at @engineerteacher. The blog post is titled "Why Twitter at 5:30 a.m.?" at A link is below.

Ben writes in the blog ...

04 Dec

Edutopia: Literacy through Photography for English-Language Learners

Interesting look at Literacy instruction from Edutopia. Remember we have courses with openings now for the spring semester. Click here to learn more about Literacy Instruction with NCCAT.

From the Edutopia post ...

05 Dec

Classrooms get access to historical data in just a few keystrokes

Here is some interesting news for history teachers looking for resources ...

"WASHINGTON — History can come alive in classrooms around the country under a new project that enables students to access a trove of old data that can help them discover their own places in the broad sweep of the American story.

The for-profit online family history company,, has opened its collection of historical documents to schools for free, drawing on help from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to guide teachers in using them in their classrooms.

08 Dec

2013-2014 NCCAT annual report released

The 2013-14 North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching annual report has been released. NCCAT remains focused on impacting students, supporting teachers and responding to state initiatives. NCCAT served more teachers in 2013-14 than in 2012-13.

In 2013-2014, NCCAT served more than 100 school districts in North Carolina. In the center's history, NCCAT has served every county and district in the state of North Carolina.

Click here for a PDF of the annual report.

09 Dec

Unique professional development offering from NCCAT, Centropa and Duke University

Dear Educators,

We are excited to invite you to apply for a unique professional development opportunity that will allow you to benefit from the resources and expertise of three prestigious organizations. Together, the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT), Centropa, and Duke University's Council for European Studies (CES), are partnering to sponsor a winter seminar February 13-16, 2015, at Duke University.

12 Dec

Catch up with your students on technology in the New Year

Virginia Spaventa was able to take information from the "Catching up with your students: Digital Learning" program directly back to Frank Morgan Elementary in Clemmons to help students and parents.

Click here for link to video of her describing what she did and how.

We have openings now to join these programs. Upcoming programs are ...

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15 Dec

Start the New Year with NCCAT

We hope you have a very happy Holiday Season, and we've got some great ways to hit 2015 running with professional development with us in Cullowhee or Ocracoke or Online. NCCAT’s vision is to help North Carolina teachers grow in knowledge, skills, compassion, and professionalism so that every student becomes engaged, self-motivated, and successful. NCCAT helps to retain the most caring, highly qualified, and skilled teachers necessary to positively impact the quality of public education in North Carolina.

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