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17 Jan

NCCAT Alumna Kara Ball Selected as National Teacher of the Year Finalist

CULLOWHEE—Kara Ball, an alumna of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, has been selected as one of the four finalists for the the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Teacher of the Year.

Ball, a 4/5 grade teacher at DeLalio Elementary School teaches science, technology, engineering and math. She attended the program “Catching Up With Your Students: Digital Learning” at NCCAT in 2015. She is the 2018 Department of Defense Education Activity Teacher of the Year.

16 Jan

Bringing Wonder Into Mathematics

Edutopia has a interesting article about "brining wonder into mathematics."  It talks about  Creatively combining the Notice Wonder strategy with a numberless word problem helps students see themselves as mathematicians.

12 Jan

Teachers of NCCAT - Leigh Hopkins, Central Cabarrus High School

Leigh Hopkins,

Central Cabarrus High School


11 Jan

5 Quick Classroom-Management Tips for Novice Teachers

Edutopia shares 5 quick classroom-management tips for novice teachers. It starts with using a normal, natural voice and goes from there.

11 Jan

Elevate Educators and Schools with NCCAT Professional Development in 2018

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a nationally recognized leader in teacher professional development, is offering teachers several programs for professional development to start out 2018.

NCCAT has identified and targeted professional development priorities for North Carolina educators. We solicited and listened to district curriculum leaders and teachers while incorporating state legislation and licensure updates when determining our programming this year.

09 Jan

Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teachers & Teaching event at WCU

Happy to pass along this note about the upcoming Elevating & Celebrating Effective Teachers & Training event that NCCAT friend and alum Ben Owens passed along ...


04 Jan

NCCAT Honored Educator Scholarship Program Application Process Open

CULLOWHEE—NCCAT's Honored Educator Scholarship (HES) program pays tribute to outstanding educators and individuals by providing scholarship funds in their names. Scholarship funds can be named in honor of classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, school board members, or community volunteers—anyone whose teaching or influence in public education has made a positive difference in the lives of others. Each fully endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a North Carolina teacher based on criteria determined by the scholarship benefactor.

Annual Report 2016–2017
03 Jan

Teachers of NCCAT - Craig Tucker

Welcome to a new feature we will be trying called "Teachers of NCCAT." Craig Tucker, of the NCDPI Office of Charter Schools and NCCAT presenter, spoke with NCCAT faculty member Elizabeth Joyce about his decision to get into education. His answer is posted below.

21 Dec

5th graders teachers 1st graders technology

Watch 5th graders teach 1st graders how to use classroom technology in this video from Edutopia.

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