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Upcoming Programs: Complete List

May 7, 2018 to May 10, 2018

  • Whether or not your school or district has adopted a Google Chromebook environment, if your LEA infrastructure allows for the use of Google Tools and/or Apps, the “Googlesphere” can be an immense help. It can aid in engaging students, keeping in touch with parents, automating feedback and assessment, sharing documents, and more. Hone your skills with the Google Chrome Browser, with Google Apps, with Android Apps, and with Chrome OS so that you can engage your students using freely available tools on almost any platform.

    Click here to apply now.

  • The Maker Movement empowers regular people to become inventors, engineers, and designers. A current trend in education uses the Maker mindset to encourage students of all ages to build, design, program, solve problems, collaborate, and innovate. Learn to plan lessons that teach the Maker mindset and pull in content as diverse as engineering, reading, and math. In this hands-on session you’ll explore how you might use Maker activities in your classroom to promote learning, to foster engagement, and to build innovation and creativity in your students. Topics include: design, 3D printing, building, invention, robotics, programming, electronics, app smashing, and more!

    Click here to apply now.

  • Extreme weather events offer multiple opportunities to create engaging lessons across grade levels and the curriculum. Real-time media coverage of devastating storms like Maria and Irma creates the ideal catalyst for motivating student interest in science, literacy, technology, and social studies lessons. Hear accounts from Outer Banks residents who have experienced hurricanes firsthand and see evidence of damage caused by recent storms. Partner with science, literacy, and digital learning experts to explore how extreme weather events are the perfect curriculum storm for creating lessons that will enhance K–12 instruction.

    Click here to apply now.

May 14, 2018 to May 17, 2018

  • Writing instruction is not only important but also vital for today’s students. Yet finding the time to teach writing in the elementary classroom can prove challenging. In this program, teachers will explore the various purposes for writing, the writing process, and strategies to integrate writing in other content areas. Additionally, teachers will investigate creative strategies to motivate students to write.

    Click here to apply now.

  • Designed for teachers in grades 4–12.

    Students are engaged when they are involved in their work, persist despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in their accomplishments. Solving student engagement issues is complex. What works in one class may be a failure in the next, with every year presenting new challenges for engaging students in various lessons. This program will use a collaborative classroom process to address questions dealing with how to create a classroom culture and how to create classroom instructions that facilitates self-motivation, personal responsibility, and perseverance of students. Participants also will review and evaluate motivational strategies for engaging students that can be used upon their return to the classroom.

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  • How many of us have endured the drudgery of the “sit ‘n’ git” workshop and sworn silently that we would never inflict the same fate on our students? This promise represents not only good humor, but also good pedagogy. A wealth of research supports the hypothesis that physical activity can boost comprehension, retention, and self-regulation in students of all achievement levels. Teachers who build movement into their lesson designs will have students who are less disruptive and more engaged. Teachers will learn a variety of strategies for integrating instruction with physical activity, but not at the expense of intellectual rigor. Armed with a collection of techniques you can use immediately, design and create your own physically and mentally active lessons. All teachers from pre-K through 12th-grade are encouraged to attend.

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May 21, 2018 to May 24, 2018

  • Designed for teacher leaders and instructional coaches.

    Professional learning that recognizes teachers as agents of their own growth and allows them to direct their own learning, leads to increased educator effectiveness. The Standards for Professional Learning can be used to guide the development, implementation, and evaluation of professional learning. Through a series of collaborative activities, participants will analyze the purpose and key components of Learning Communities, Leadership, Resources, Data, Learning Designs, Implementation and Outcomes. We will explore the relationship between teacher agency and professional growth with a goal of developing your capacity to engage in and lead effective professional learning experiences aligned to the Standards for Professional Learning. Participants will create an action plan with steps for implementing the Standards in their school or district and discuss their alignment with evaluation standards.

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  • It can be a struggle for career and technical education teachers to find appropriate resources to engage their students when designing their courses to fit the 16 Career Clusters and 79 related pathways that are a part of the CTE essential standards. Join CTE experts as we investigate digital resources, community partnerships, and strategies that provide enhanced instruction across the multiple curriculums in this field. Create lessons that enrich and extend these standards. Explore the policies and best practices of CTE education and how they can help launch students for success in a broad range of occupations and career specialties.

    Click here to apply now.

June 12, 2018 to June 15, 2018

  • Today’s diverse students enter school eager to become successful in classrooms originally designed for culturally homogeneous populations and are expected to learn from teachers who are often not from the same cultural, ethnic/race or social-class. Unsurprisingly, student performance in reading and other subjects is often low while student dropout and teacher burnout rates are high. This program guides participants to explore and document their experiences in motivating at-risk students to become effective readers. In addition to sharing successful strategies for improving reading skills and producing a written narrative, participants will examine barriers children encounter along the pathway and how these barriers affected them. Additionally participants will become familiar with strategies they can use today to change the culture of the classroom to support the development of higher order thinking skills while enhancing self-motivation, personal responsibility, and perseverance to become skilled readers who excel academically.

    Click here to apply now.

  • This hands-on, minds-on seminar is designed to help teachers explore, evaluate, and apply blended models, structures, strategies, and tools to increase personalization in their classrooms. Throughout the week, participants will design a blended learning blueprint for their classrooms to assist with planning and implementing a personalized learning environment. Join us to learn how to leverage technology to meet each student’s needs in a blended classroom.

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  • Elementary teachers may find that “fitting it all in” is impossible. Using informational text and technologies, elementary teachers will discover that not only is it possible to “fit it all in” it is fun! Examine the North Carolina Essential Standards and make connections to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, ELA and Writing Standards. Investigate text sets and the role they play in integrating multiple contents. Create engaging cross-curricular instructional units with culminating projects for assessments.

    Click here to apply.

June 18, 2018 to June 22, 2018

  • Whether or not your school or district has adopted a Google Chromebook environment, if your LEA infrastructure allows for the use of Google Tools and/or Apps, the “Googlesphere” can be an immense help. It can aid in engaging students, keeping in touch with parents, automating feedback and assessment, sharing documents, and more. Hone your skills with the Google Chrome Browser, with Google Apps, with Android Apps, and with Chrome OS so that you can engage your students using freely available tools on almost any platform.

    Click here to apply.

June 25, 2018 to June 28, 2018

  • Designed for teachers in grades 412.

    Teaching reading skills in English/Language Arts classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills. Without a repertoire of reading strategies that can be applied to any text, reluctant, struggling and disengaged students are not assured enough opportunities to read throughout the school day. In order to teach students to read effectively, teachers must be sure that they are not simply suppliers of information about a particular text but also instructors of techniques to build reading skills using materials that are relevant to their students. Participants in this program will review ideas about how to incorporate reading skill lessons into their curriculum so that they are enticing to struggling, reluctant, and disengaged learners.

    Click here to apply now.

June 25, 2018 to June 29, 2018

  • Exceptional Children (EC) teachers have all of the traditional needs of beginning teachers, plus a lot more--and often those additional needs incur the greatest need for support. Open to teachers in their first, second, or third year of EC teaching, this program supports motivated beginning EC teachers by strengthening their knowledge base and classroom expertise. Through experiential learning, teachers will explore differentiated instruction, brain-compatible teaching, co-teaching, student advocacy, small group facilitation, and more. Come prepared to build professional competence and confidence, improve student achievement, and reinforce your commitment to this critically important profession.

    Click here to apply now.

July 9, 2018 to July 12, 2018

  • Canvas, North Carolina’s Learning Management System (LMS), is your place for one-stop learning and course management. Teachers will become familiar with the features of Canvas such as the settings, notifications, and tools in building a course. Create modules using a variety of items such as discussions, assignments, quizzes, and content pages. Set up generic or tailored rubrics for use with a variety of content. This program is designed for beginning users and will allow time to experiment, collaborate, and build at your own pace. Teachers will have a module or more ready to implement on returning to the classroom.

    Click here to apply.

  • Designed for teachers in grades K–3.

    Discover new ways to turn reading strategies into writing opportunities that deepen comprehension and extend student learning. This intensive, interactive program will focus on the power of the teacher as the mentor-model in exploring multiple tools for unlocking thinking in the classroom—through the process of uncovering your own writing life. Strategies will include the use of journal responses, writing as inquiry across the content areas, and the power of authentic interactions with poetry and prompts.

    Click here to apply.

July 9, 2018 to July 13, 2018

  • North Carolina’s 2017–2018 Teachers of the Year are invited to join us on Ocracoke Island to examine educational leadership and positive responses to institutional change. Teachers of the Year have heard the call to leadership, but what is the next step? Discover how to continue your growth as an educational professional. True leadership emerges naturally from the integrity and identity of the leader. Explore your own integrity and selfhood in a community of other dedicated teachers who are embracing leadership in their own lives. Look into your leadership strengths and areas of growth by focusing on challenges inside and outside the educational realm. This program will not focus on management principles. Rather, taking our own lives as text, we will explore our inner character to become more conscious of the foundation from which we lead. Join in our dialogue about how teachers can spread their enthusiasm for learning to other members of the school community.

    Invitations will be mailed to system level Teachers of the Year in March 2018.

July 16, 2018 to July 19, 2018

  • Generation Z has never known a world without cell phones, texting, and the Internet. Our students are more comfortable with the use of technology than former generations. However, this technology-driven style of learning seems to have resulted in a generation of learners who seek immediate gratification—are prone to boredom and ready to jump to the end of the book. How do we teach the Zs? In a mash-up of professional education—a blend of an EdCamp, an interdisciplinary conference on active learning and assessment, and a gamification boot camp—educators will answer that question.

    Click here to apply.

July 16, 2018 to July 20, 2018

  • 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 to apply.

July 23, 2018 to July 26, 2018

  • Math instruction involves much more than understanding of standards. Come learn how to live a “math life” and think like a mathematician while incorporating math standards and digital learning into your instruction. We will explore differentiated support and consider best practices through John Hattie’s work Visible Learning for Mathematics. Learn how the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) effective teaching practices and the standards for mathematical practice reinforce pacing and students’ meaningful understanding of important mathematics. Select appropriate math tasks that give all students access and opportunity for learning.

    Click here to apply now.

  • Math instruction involves much more than understanding of standards. Come learn how to live a “math life” and think like a mathematician while incorporating math standards and digital learning into your instruction. We will explore differentiated support and consider best practices through John Hattie’s work Visible Learning for Mathematics. Learn how the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) effective teaching practices and the standards for mathematical practice reinforce pacing and students’ meaningful understanding of important mathematics. Select appropriate math tasks that give all students access and opportunity for learning.

    Click here to apply now.

July 23, 2018 to July 27, 2018

  • Designed for teachers in grades 4–12.

    Teaching reading skills in English/Language Arts classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on content is often an enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills. Without a repertoire of reading strategies, students are not able to independently comprehend text. In order to teach students to read effectively, teachers must ensure they are not simply suppliers of information about a particular text but also instructors of techniques to build reading skills using relevant materials. Participants in this program learn how to incorporate reading skill lessons into their curriculum that are enticing to struggling, reluctant, and disengaged learners.

    Click here to apply now.

July 30, 2018 to August 2, 2018

  • Designed for teachers in grades 3–12.

    The world of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we make messes, break things, and create minds-on STEM learning environments.

    Click here to apply now.

  • Writing instruction is not only important but also vital for today’s students. Yet finding the time to teach writing in the elementary classroom can prove challenging. In this program, teachers will explore the various purposes for writing, the writing process, and strategies to integrate writing in other content areas. Additionally, teachers will investigate creative strategies to motivate students to write.

    Click here to apply now.

August 6, 2018 to August 9, 2018

  • In the past, people preserved their cultures and traditions through oral retelling of stories. Today, these stories are preserved in print and digital formats and come to life when they are read by students as legends, myths, folklore, and folktales. While these genres preserve the past, what are the stories we would share today and how would we share them? Students have a story to tell and with today’s technology a plethora of platforms are available to communicate these stories. Teachers will investigate how to use texts from the past as mentor texts for students to write their own story. Participants also will explore various digital tools to provide a 21st century method of preserving, communicating, and sharing these stories today.

    Click here to apply now.

  • The Maker Movement empowers regular people to become inventors, engineers, and designers. A current trend in education uses the Maker mindset to encourage students of all ages to build, design, program, solve problems, collaborate, and innovate. Learn to plan lessons that teach the Maker mindset and pull in content as diverse as engineering, reading, and math. In this hands-on session you’ll explore how you might use Maker activities in your classroom to promote learning, to foster engagement, and to build innovation and creativity in your students. Topics include: design, 3D printing, building, invention, robotics, programming, electronics, app smashing, and more!

    Click here to apply now.

August 13, 2018 to August 16, 2018

  • Designed for teachers in grades 412.

    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.

    Click here to apply now.

August 13, 2018 to August 17, 2018

  • 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 to apply now.

August 20, 2018 to August 23, 2018

  • Designed for Teachers with access to Google Classroom.

    Google Classroom combines drive, docs, and gmail for creating and collecting paperless assignments. Teachers can manage assignments, communicate with students, and “flip” instruction, all in one convenient place. Instant feedback can be provided and students’ progress can be tracked in order to improve performance. Learn how to use Google Classroom to organize your lessons and begin creating assignments using Google Apps.

    Click here to apply now.

  • Designed for elementary grades teachers.

    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? How can I integrate reading and writing instruction into all other subject areas? Finally, what does this instruction look like in the classroom and how are student engagement and learning measured in this process?

    Click here to apply now.

September 10, 2018 to September 13, 2018

  • The world of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we make messes, break things, and create minds-on STEM learning environments.

    Click here to apply now.

September 17, 2018 to September 20, 2018

  • Explore disciplinary literacy and what it means to read, write, speak, listen, and think critically within any content area. Through the use of online tools, such as online sticky notes, journal writing and mind maps, investigate literacy within the disciplines. These tools will assist your students in becoming more resourceful by taking ownership of their learning. Create new lessons or update current ones with digital tools that will make your lessons come to life.

    Click here to apply now.

  • Differentiated instruction is one of those terms, like “rigor” or “fidelity,” that many people use but few understand. Grounded in the work of Carol Ann Tomlinson, who insists that all learning tasks should “respect the learner,” this program will provide guidance in how to adjust instruction so that all students are appropriately challenged and highly engaged. Participants are asked to bring a growth mindset and a steadfast belief that all students can learn. Teachers will refine current practices to differentiate lesson plans that reach every student. We will explore flexible grouping and lesson and unit plan goals to maximize student learning.

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  • Writing to read is a widely accepted educational method designed to encourage reading engagement and comprehension. Through the writing to learn process, students learn to understand how writing, thinking, and reading are interrelated. This program will provide participants with experiences for improving students’ ability to write about what they are reading and about writing processes involved with creating text. Participants will also research and review strategies for increasing how much students write and for using writing to increase how much students read. 

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September 24, 2018 to September 27, 2018

  • Designed for teachers in grades 9–12.

    Do you want to transition your CTE course to an honors level? Are you interested in making a rigorous course even more rigorous? Attend this program to learn how to develop an honors portfolio that focuses on increasing the rigor in your curriculum content, instructional methods, and assessments. Guided time will be embedded for portfolio development after each session is presented.

    Click here to apply now.

  • Designed for teachers of the elementary grades.

    Today’s classrooms are filled with diverse students who have unique learning needs. Students identified with special needs have specific learning goals as mandated by their IEPs. This program is designed for elementary teachers who would like to enhance their repertoire of literacy strategies to meet the various needs of all students in their classroom, including students who are identified with special needs. Teachers will investigate various exceptionalities and explore ways to accommodate and modify literacy assignments and instruction to meet their specific learning goals.

    Click here to apply now.

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