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NCCAT Executive Director Receives National Distinguished Service Award


North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Interim Executive Director Dr. Richard L. Thompson was honored, along with two other educators, by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Friday (Feb. 14), with a Distinguished Service Award. A ceremony to recognize these individuals was held at AASA’s Conference on Education in Nashville, Tenn.

2014 NCCAT Literacy Festival


Register for 2014 NCCAT Literacy Festival

Teachers and school administrators looking for a way to make Summer Reading Camp have the same energy as a traditional summer camp can get help at the 2014 North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Literacy Festival.

NCCAT, a national leader in professional development for teachers, is holding a Literacy Festival at the Cullowhee campus March 24–27. The event runs from 5:30 to 7 p.m. each evening. It is free and open to all area school teachers and administrators.

NCCAT Announces Golden Apple Schools


The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a national leader in professional development for teachers, has named four schools as a “Golden Apple School” for their support of the 2013–2014 annual fund.

The schools are: Brinson Memorial Elementary, Haynes-Inman Education Center, Newton-Conover Middle School and Ocracoke School.

NCCAT Boards Schedule Spring Meeting


A joint meeting of the board of trustees of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching and the board of directors of the Development Foundation of NCCAT Inc. will be held Wednesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. in Raleigh.

Gregory E. West of Fayetteville, chair of the board of trustees, will convene the meeting. Richard L. Thompson, NCCAT executive director, and staff members will present center news and reports. Richard A. Schwartz of Raleigh, president of the foundation’s board, will provide information pertaining to the Development Foundation of NCCAT Inc.

NCCAT Executive Director Asks for Support in State Budget Process


Dear Friends of NCCAT:
Each year more than a thousand educators participate in programs for professional learning at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT). We believe that they find rich benefits in the programs—both for themselves and for their students—and that they are able to put the skills, information, and teaching strategies gained into play in the classroom.

Professional Development Programs: Designed for the Needs of Teachers


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NCCAT offers a continuum of professional development unlike any other in the nation, including programs for beginning teachers, interdisciplinary seminars for experienced teachers, and site-based instructional support, including Common Core State and North Carolina Essential Standards, and leadership training.

Governor Appoints New NCCAT Trustees


Governor Pat McCrory has appointed Elaine Boone of Burnsville, Linda Daves of Asheboro, Kwan Graham of Charlotte and Julie Terry of Ahoskie to the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT).

Boone had a distinguished career as a business teacher with Buncombe County Schools (1964–1966), business teacher at Yancey County Schools (1966–2001) and faculty at Mayland Community College (1972–2005).

Charlotte Teacher Initiates Petition To Support NCCAT


The petition was initiated by Donald Nagel, a teacher at Northwest High School in Charlotte, who also happens to be an NCCAT alumnus. Nagel attended NCCAT’s professional development seminar titled “Wiki, Wacky, What? Web 2.0 Applications” in March 2013. He previously attended a beginning teachers’ program titled “Connect to Your Future: Celebrating Success in the Classroom” in April 2011.

UNC at Greensboro Student Wins Research Award on Work at NCCAT

Tammy Lankford Barron, a research assistant and full-time doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, was chosen by the Department of Specialized Education to receive one of three Graduate Research Scholar Awards given by the School of Education at UNCG. Tammy earned an honorable mention for her study conducted last summer at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT).