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English Language Arts Professional Development Opportunities Available

English Language Arts teachers have several opportunities coming up at NCCAT.

CULLOWHEE—The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) has positions available in four professional development programs designed for high school and middle school ELA teachers and those that coach them.

If you are interested in attending, please apply soon, as space is limited. If you think your colleagues may be interested, please let them know about these up-coming opportunities. NCCAT is a nationally recognized leader in professional development.

Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Beyond the EOG

14339  February 13–16: Cullowhee

14356  March 20–23: Cullowhee

Middle grades ELA inhabits a type of educational limbo. Intellectually, students are capable of taking on complex reading and writing tasks but many are still developing the necessary maturity to do so. This program will examine the knowledge and skills necessary to transition successfully from elementary to high school. Teachers will engage in and then craft their own language arts activities that engage both the child and the budding adult in each of their students. Activities will address reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening skills.

 

Teaching English II: Enrich the Mind and the Scores Will Follow

14343  February 20–23: Cullowhee

A false dilemma offered by critics of standardized testing is that they force teachers to focus on low-level skills if their students are to perform well on end-of-course exams. This is simply untrue. The NC English II End of Course tests (EOC) requires that students analyze written text in the service of extracting meaning, recognizing the effect of particular words, and identifying an author’s stance on an issue, among other valuable skills. In this program, teachers will consider the “big picture” issues that English II should address. They will also engage in a variety of activities intended to enhance students’ reading, writing, and thinking skills.

 

Teaching English I: Fresh Ideas for Freshmen

14351  March 7–10: Cullowhee

Many freshmen struggle academically, not because they lack ability but because they are not prepared to exercise the personal responsibility their teachers expect of them. Successful teachers of English I find ways to bridge the gap, to support the recent middle schooler without alienating the high schooler. This program will examine the knowledge and skills necessary to make that transition. Teachers will engage in and then craft their own language arts activities that support and extend their students’ abilities. Activities will address reading, writing, thinking, speaking and listening skills.

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About NCCAT

Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. For more information about NCCAT’s professional development programs, visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.

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