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14619 • Multicultural Issues in Children’s Literacy-Cullowhee

Monday, April 30, 2018 to Thursday, May 3, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Designed for teachers in grades 4–8.

Our public schools are encountering a multicultural diversity challenge. Minority students (and all students) need to see positive verbal and visual images of children like themselves in the books they read. When children see themselves in books they are motivated to read more books and read more often. It can increase self-esteem and make them feel part of the larger society. Reading literature about people from other cultures can increase sensitivity to those who are different from themselves, improve their knowledge of the world, and help them realize that although people have many differences, they also share many similarities. Learn to identify and evaluate books and online literacy resources that you can use to build a positive multicultural classroom. Become familiar with grants and other sources you can use to acquire multicultural resources. We also will explore strategies for involving parents in multicultural literacy programs.

14618 • Instructional Success by Design: Focus on Differentiation-Ocracoke

Monday, April 30, 2018 to Thursday, May 3, 2018

2 Irvin Garrish Highway, PO Box 1540, Ocracoke, NC 27960

Designed for teachers in grades K8.

How do we take a standardized curricula and design instruction to align with the diverse learning needs of the students in today’s classrooms? How do we ensure students are engaged and motivated to learn? How can we design and implement lessons that ensure student success? This program will help teachers answer these questions by examining elements of lesson design and planning that focus on the learning processes of the students. Teachers will incorporate these elements with evidence and research-based instructional strategies as they design and create lessons for student learning in their classroom.

14617 • English I and II: Teaching for Progress(ion)-Cullowhee

Monday, April 30, 2018 to Thursday, May 3, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

The fundamental difference between the ELA Standards for Grades 9–10 and Grade 8 is not one of substance but of scope. Whereas eighth graders are asked to evaluate the effect of individual elements in a text, freshmen and sophomores must understand how a series of such elements impact a text in its totality. Words like “thorough” and “cumulative” begin to appear in the 9-10 ELA Standards. In this program, participants will engage in a series of activities that scaffold this skill development. We will demystify the concept of author’s purpose and examine how we can sensitize students to understand how the language and organizational choices communicate purpose. This program incorporates many of the activities from “Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Beyond the EOG,” “Teaching English II: Enrich the Mind and the Scores Will Follow,” and “Teaching English I: Fresh Ideas for Freshmen.”

14615 • Project Based Learning in Digital Format-Cullowhee

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Thursday, April 26, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

It’s time to start thinking outside the box! Teachers often think projects take too much time to plan or don’t know how to align them with curriculum. PBLs are an effective and enjoyable way to learn that allow students to work as a team, reflect, ask questions, build confidence, work with a purpose, problem solve, and learn time management. Investigate what essential questions, unit questions, and content questions will enable you to develop your own PBL unit. Return to your classroom with a PBL unit you create that will excite and engage your students as they claim ownership of their learning.

14614 • Making Math Meaningful: Arts Integration for the Elementary Math Classroom-Cullowhee

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Thursday, April 26, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

There is new research and a renewed focus across the nation on the value that the arts have in education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) includes the arts as a part of a well-balanced education for every student. But what can this mean for elementary math instruction? While most teachers are aware that children exposed to dance, drama, music and visual arts do a better job at mastering content in the non-art subject areas, many feel ill-equipped at designing arts-integrated math experiences. Investigate strategies for engaging your students in deep and meaningful processes as they creatively explore connections between the arts and the non-arts content. Construct lesson plans and gather ideas and resources for enhancing your math instruction. Come build your toolbox of instructional strategies that support arts integration. This program is presented by A+ Schools of North Carolina.

14613 • Writing in the Middle School Content Area Classroom-Cullowhee

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Thursday, April 19, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

Once the purview solely of the English teacher, reading and writing instruction has moved into every classroom. Changes in the standard course of study require that students read greater amounts of non-fiction and construct viable written arguments using reasons and evidence. Teaching writing is a challenge even to those who were trained to do it; it can be downright terrifying to everyone else. This seminar will help teachers of math, science, and social studies see the possibilities writing offers as a tool, both for instruction and assessment. Participants will have the opportunity to practice writing and giving constructive feedback.

14612 • Strengthening Instruction in Early Grades Literacy-Ocracoke

Monday, April 23, 2018 to Thursday, April 26, 2018

2 Irvin Garrish Highway, PO Box 1540, Ocracoke, NC 27960

In order for students to become globally competitive, it is imperative students receive a good foundation in literacy instruction. With new challenges facing teachers each day, this task can be daunting. Examine key aspects of the Read to Achieve legislation to insure alignment in your classroom and school with research-based strategies and best practices. See how to “fit it all in” by integrating literacy across the curriculum. Learn how to effectively maintain a progress monitoring assessment schedule. Use data to develop engaging lessons that foster a love for reading while still teaching foundational skills. Develop a reading and writing environment that is welcoming and inviting to students of all developmental levels.

14611 • Reaching Reluctant Readers: Bringing Boys to Books-Cullowhee

Monday, April 16, 2018 to Thursday, April 19, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

The statistics are consistent: young male readers lag behind their female counterparts in literacy skills. In many instances, the reading scores of boys bring down the reading scores for the entire school. Explore the social, psychological, and developmental reasons why boys lag behind girls. Identify reading materials you can use in your classroom to capture and keep the attention of your struggling readers. Experience a variety of instructional methods such as text selection designed for boys, contests and competitions, focus reading groups, and the latest websites and blogs to boost literacy achievement. Discover solutions to capture the attention of reluctant male readers.

14608 • Flipping Instruction: The Digital Learning Classroom-Cullowhee

Monday, April 9, 2018 to Thursday, April 12, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

“Schoolwork at home and homework at school” is one of the many definitions of a flipped classroom. Explore the history, styles, and benefits of flipping your classroom, including practical, hands-on ways to create, curate, and differentiate video content. With help from experienced teachers and educational technologists, each participant will identify what elements of their curriculum could be flipped and will have the opportunity to create a ready-to-roll video lesson with ideas for assessment and follow-up activities. We’ll look at the possibilities created by flipping, including time for project-based and mastery learning. Come gain the confidence, tools and skills to flip your curriculum and create a more responsive, active, social, and creative classroom.

14607 • Engineering Design: Literacy Through Problem Solving-Cullowhee

Monday, April 9, 2018 to Thursday, April 12, 2018

276 NCCAT Drive, Cullowhee, NC 28723

It’s easy to see how engineering applies to robots, but how does it apply to the life sciences? Use an engineering problem-solving strategy, the engineering design cycle, in the studies of ecology, molecular biology, genetics, and other life sciences. From the micro to the macro, tackle these and other questions: How do molecules move into and out of cells? Why is clean water critical to healthy ecosystems? Investigate the natural integration between literacy and science as we analyze informational texts to support innovation, learn strategies to help students uncover facts as they read, and challenge students’ preconceptions. Utilize the cycle with literacy strategies, simulations, and data collection tools to motivate creative thinking. Geared toward the middle grades, the concepts can easily be scaled up or down to fit your classroom needs.

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