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18 Aug

White Oak Elementary highlighted on NC DPI website

White Oak Elementary School is doing some great work with literacy. It was recently featured at the NC DPI website -

From DPI's website ...

30 Jul

Mount Airy City School teacher ready for Day 1 of school after NCCAT program

Nothing pleases us more than when we hear from educators about what coming to NCCAT has meant to them. We are glad that Melissa Phillips, a third grade teacher at Jones Intermediate School in the Mount Airy City School district, wrote us about her experience at our Ocracoke campus.

21 Jul

Literacy professional development from NCCAT

In many different ways teachers from across North Carolina are taking part in literacy professional development with the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

Here are some of the programs going on this week ...

Active Kids, Active Readers in Cullowhee

29 Jun

Amy Jo Spencer joins NCCAT as Senior Literacy Specialist

We're very pleased to say today Amy Jo Spencer, a distinguished career educator, has joined NCCAT as the senior literacy specialist. 
Spencer has been a presenter at NCCAT the last two years in the "Reading, Writing, and Ready by Third Grade: An Early Grades Literacy Course." She also attended NCCAT as a teacher.
09 Jun

Helping quiet students take part in class

Are you looking for ways to help quiet students become more a part of class? Click here for a link to a great video from Teaching Channel. The video contains a great example of a teacher working with a student to add her voice to the classroom.

13 Apr

Give Five - Read Five campaign

From NCDPI .....

The NCDPI first launched the statewide Give Five - Read Five campaign in 2013 to address summer learning loss. As a part of this annual campaign, parents, business leaders and community members are encouraged to donate five new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year. We focus on providing five books because research from Harvard shows that reading five books helps students to better retain literacy skills over the summer.

24 Mar

Getting families involved in Summer reading


Hannah Hudson wrote an interesting blog post about tips on how to get parents involved in summer reading.

"The key to winning parents over—and to ensuring that kids continue reading, writing and problem solving over the summer months—is to make summer learning important, doable and, most importantly, FUN!" she writes.

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