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Help with literacy instruction from NCCAT

Let NCCAT help you meet the challenges of literacy instruction with these upcoming programs. Meeting the diverse learning needs of readers and writers within a classroom is a daunting task. Make plans now to join us ...

13864 • BUILDING A STRONG LITERACY FOUNDATION IN THE EARLY GRADES – OCRACOKE
Monday, February 16, 2015 to Friday, February 20, 2015
Located at 2 Irvin Garrish Highway, PO Box 1540, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Join us as we examine literacy initiatives and discover the best practices for developing a welcoming and enriching reading and writing environment for the early childhood classroom. Open to teachers in grades K–3, the program will focus on developing teaching strategies that link literacy and play, develop phonological and print awareness, embed literacy instruction in the basic activities of early learning, create engaging read-aloud experiences, and support emergent reading and writing.

13870 • READING AND WRITING FOR SCIENCE AND MATH IN SECONDARY EDUCATION – CULLOWHEE
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 to Saturday, February 28, 2015
Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723
Reading and writing instruction has moved into every classroom. Changes in the standard course of study require that students read much greater amounts of non-fiction and construct viable written arguments using reason and evidence. Literacy instruction at the secondary level is a challenge even to those who were trained to do it; it can be downright terrifying to anyone else. This seminar will help secondary level teachers support their students’ reading comprehension. Techniques for using writing as a formative and summative assessment—and how to grade it—also will be included. This session is intended primarily for science and math teachers at the secondary level and also would be appropriate for other STEM subjects that incorporate non-fiction texts and writing as a part of the curriculum.

13871 • DEVELOPING READING COMPREHENSION IN THE EARLY GRADES – OCRACOKE
Monday, March 2, 2015 to Friday, March 6, 2015
Located at 2 Irvin Garrish Highway, PO Box 1540, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Let NCCAT help you develop your teaching tool kit to support the reading initiatives in North Carolina’s Read to Achieve legislation (a part of the Excellent Public Schools Act). Join us as we examine the best practices for developing a welcoming and enriching reading and writing environment for the early childhood classroom. Open to teachers in grades K–3, the program will focus on the next steps in developing strategies that link the foundational skills to comprehension in the classroom. Exploration will include setting the stage for comprehension at the listening level for kindergarten students and transitioning instruction, as students move through the grades, to thinking beyond the text.

13872 • PROMOTING LEARNING AND LITERACY THROUGH ARTS INTEGRATION – CULLOWHEE
Monday, March 2, 2015 to Thursday, March 5, 2015
Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723
Designed for K–5 educators
The Excellent Public Schools Act of 2013 has charged teachers with the responsibility of integrating arts education across the curriculum. How can we use that challenge to super-charge early grades literacy instruction? While most teachers are aware of the research showing that children exposed to drama, music, and dance do a better job at mastering the core subject areas, many feel ill-equipped to bring the power of arts education into reading and writing. Where do the North Carolina Educational Standards connect and intersect with arts integrated learning? Join a group of dedicated colleagues as we explore ways to engage our students through visual, musical, dramatic, verbal, and movement arts. Discover how art can motivate, build persistence, improve memory, increase attention span, strengthen abstract thinking, and prepare students to deal productively with complexity, ambiguity, and frustration.

13876 • READING AND WRITING INFORMATIONAL TEXTS FOR SOCIAL STUDIES IN SECONDARY EDUCATION – OCRACOKE
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 to Friday, March 20, 2015
Located at 2 Irvin Garrish Highway, PO Box 1540, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Reading and writing instruction has moved into every classroom. Changes in the standard course of study require that students read much greater amounts of non-fiction and construct viable written arguments using reason and evidence. Literacy instruction at the secondary level is a challenge even to those who were trained to do it; it can be downright terrifying to anyone else. This seminar will help secondary level teachers support their students’ reading comprehension. Techniques for using writing as a formative and summative assessment—and how to grade it—also will be included. This session is intended primarily for social studies teachers at the secondary level but would be appropriate for any teachers who are working with reading and writing across the curriculum.

13885 • READING, WRITING, AND READY BY THIRD GRADE: EARLY GRADES LITERACY INSTRUCTION – CULLOWHEE
Monday, April 6, 2015 to Thursday, April 9, 2015
Located at 276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723
Two days of substitute teacher reimbursement will be covered for this four-day program.
Never in our nation’s history has ability to produce and comprehend written information been more necessary. Unfortunately, literacy instruction is as difficult as it is essential. This program will provide early grades teachers with a complement of research-based tools and strategies to help answer some of their more burning questions: How do I teach “close reading” to students who don’t yet know the alphabet? What level of writing can I attain from children who are still learning to spell? How do I simultaneously provide enrichment for advanced readers and remediation for delayed readers? Finally, how can I integrate reading and writing instruction into all other subject areas? Preference will be given to teachers of grades K–3.

13886 • PROMOTING LEARNING AND LITERACY THROUGH ARTS INTEGRATION – OCRACOKE
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 to Friday, April 10, 2015
Located at 2 Irvin Garrish Highway, PO Box 1540, Ocracoke, NC 27960
The Excellent Public Schools Act of 2013 has charged teachers with the responsibility of integrating arts education across the curriculum. How can we use that challenge to super-charge early grades literacy instruction? While most teachers are aware of the research showing that children exposed to drama, music, and dance do a better job at mastering the core subject areas, many feel ill-equipped to bring the power of arts education into reading and writing. Where do the North Carolina Educational Standards connect and intersect with arts integrated learning? Join a group of dedicated colleagues as we explore ways to engage our students through visual, musical, dramatic, verbal, and movement arts. Discover how art can motivate, build persistence, improve memory, increase attention span, strengthen abstract thinking, and prepare students to deal productively with complexity, ambiguity, and frustration.

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