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Strong September Programs Highlight NCCAT Schedule

September is good time to take advantage of high-quality professional development at NCCAT.

Several quality programs will be offered by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a national leader in professional development for teachers, this September.

Registration is open now. Programs that will be available now:

 14193 • LITERACY FOR NON-LITERACY TEACHERS—CULLOWHEE

August 30–September 2

Designed specifically for non-literacy teachers in the elementary grades.

Literacy instruction is essential and is not exclusive to the 90-minute literacy block. Teachers of all subject areas share the responsibility of ensuring that students are literate and prepared for college and careers. In this program, those teachers whose expertise is not literacy, will investigate ways to integrate literacy into their content area by supporting the instruction that occurs in the 90-minute literacy block. Additionally, teachers will collaborate, explore, and create integrated literacy activities and lessons that they can take back and employ with their students in their classroom.

14199 • TEACHING ENGLISH II: ENRICH THE MIND AND THE SCORES WILL FOLLOW—CULLOWHEE

September 13–16

Designed for high school ELA teachers and those who coach them

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.

14200 • USING SOCIAL STUDIES TO ENHANCE LITERACY AND DIGITAL SKILLS OF ELEMENTARY STUDENTS— OCRACOKE

September 13–16

Social Studies lessons in the elementary classroom often receive minimal coverage as much of the school day must focus on language arts and math lessons. Join experts in the field of digital learning, history, and other social studies content as we explore the best resources to engage elementary students in ways that will ultimately improve their literacy skills. Create lessons from the history, economy, and current events of our state that will encourage students to read more and to explore on their own the vast amount of digital resources now available.

14206 • SUCCESS FROM THE START: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE YOUR FIRST THREE YEARS IN THE CLASSROOM— OCRACOKE

September 26–29

Open to teachers in their first, second, or third year of teaching, this program supports motivated beginning teachers by strengthening their knowledge base and classroom expertise. Through experiential learning, teachers will explore pedagogical concerns including differentiated instruction, brain-compatible teaching, assessment, the effect of poverty on achievement and behavior, and classroom management. Come prepared to build professional competence and confidence, improve student achievement, and reinforce your commitment to this critically important profession.

 

Click here for the full September Calendar of Programs

Click here for the full Calendar of Programs at NCCAT

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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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