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Professional Development Programs: Designed for the Needs of Teachers

NCCAT's instructional programs reflect the broad range of unique professional development topics for public school teachers and other educators. Challenging formats, combined with professional learning communities, shape the NCCAT offerings. All programs incorporate relevant state standards. Seminar faculty model best practices for application to the 21st century classroom.

 

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Join NCCAT to explore the components of the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and create compelling inquiry opportunities for students. We will focus on developing supporting questions, gathering and evaluating sources, and using evidence to develop claims in the social studies classroom. This session is designed for social studies teachers in grades 6-8.

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The work of instructional coaching is a dynamic part of school communities. Supporting coaching cultures where students are at the center is an essential part of this work. Join NCCAT to embrace the components of student-centered coaching. Throughout the week, we will learn coaching moves that create opportunities for professional growth, putting student learning at the forefront. Sessions will include models for co-teaching moves, providing strengths-based feedback, and high impact instructional strategies. Time will be spent collaborating with coaches from across NC, learning new ways to connect with teachers and their classrooms. This program is intended for K-12 instructional coaches. 

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The practice of formative assessment involves providing ongoing student feedback  and adjusting the teaching approach in response to students’ needs. During this program, we will explore how to meet the goals of formative assessment. There are strong practices we can embed in our everyday instruction, and intentional ways we can use the formative outcomes to plan well-designed supports for our students. Please bring a unit of study (or two!) that could benefit from a powerful boost of formative assessments to maximize your students’ learning. This program is intended for K-12 classroom teachers.

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Opportunities to work with students in small groups creates new math understandings and builds fluency. Join this program to focus on essential components of small group instruction including facilitating math running records and strategies to develop conceptual understanding and fluency. This comprehensive program will explore workshop models and include how to create math playlists and choice boards so students can make the most of their time in the workshop block. Time will be included for teachers to collaborate and develop lessons for their classrooms. This program is intended for teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-5.

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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.

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What is literacy? How does literacy cross all content areas? How can I integrate literacy strategies into my class when I don’t teach reading? All teachers share the responsibility of ensuring our students are literate and prepared for college and careers. In this program, teachers will investigate ways to integrate literacy instruction into their content area. This program is designed specifically for teachers who teach art, music, and physical education in the elementary grades.

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Students in the 21st century classroom need multiple opportunities to interact with content and their peers in meaningful and impactful ways. By utilizing academic discourse strategies,educators become facilitators of the curriculum while students increase ownership of their own learning. This Focus Friday session will provide low-prep, easy to use strategies that educators can implement in any lesson to support positive student interactions.Participants will leave with an academic discourse toolkit that will support student discussion, critical thinking, and collaborative learning.

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When teachers know and begin to understand how the brain learns, they can better serve their students, thus increasing positive behavior and academic performance. Understanding the science behind how we are hard wired to learn is empowering for educators. There is a strong relationship between the brain, SEL, and learning. The frontal lobe houses the structures where most brain activity occurs when people care about each other, trust each other, and want to be friends. It is also home to our executive control function, where we make decisions, process information, and learn. Through a combination of interactive lecture, practical activities, and meaningful movement, you will leave with the skills, understanding, and knowledge needed to become an awesome brain-based educator. This course is for grades K-12.

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MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) is the framework where all educational practices fall. What have we learned from the experts over the past decades, as well as from disrupted learning during the pandemic? And how can we change our professional practices to ensure positive and thriving student behaviors?  This program offers the big picture -  major actions that will yield a big impact including optimal teaching behaviors,  practical implementation, suggestions and resources. Plan to leave with ideas, resources, and a game plan for your classroom. This program is intended for K-5 teachers.

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Join NCCAT to explore the components of the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and create compelling inquiry opportunities for students. We will focus on developing supporting questions, gathering and evaluating sources, and using evidence to develop claims in the social studies classroom.This session is designed for social studies teachers in grades 3-5.

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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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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 in-depth, 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.

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Is your school interested in using the NC Global-Ready Schools Implementation Rubric for school improvement or to receive the NC Global-Ready Schools designation? During this planning institute, schools will review the attributes of the Rubric, consider what each attribute means in the context of their individual school, assess the school’s readiness, draft a strategic plan and develop next steps for school improvement or to apply for the NC Global-Ready Schools designation. The institute will include whole group discussion to learn from best practices across the state and individual school team planning. Who should attend: School teams of three to five (including a required administrator). Schools which currently have a Global focus or have previously applied for the NC Global-Ready Schools designation but did not receive it will benefit the most from this institute.

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Reading doesn’t stop when students leave their English Language Arts classrooms. During this session participants will explore before, during, and after reading strategies to strengthen content area reading. The role of vocabulary and writing will be explored as we learn strategies to engage learners in content literacy. Participants will develop a flexible plan for supporting student engagement in content-area reading. This program is designed for Social Studies and Science teachers as well as instructional coaches in grades 4-9.  

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Makerspace activities promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and real world application. What’s more? Students love to engage in these activities! These hands-on activities do not have to be confined to a dedicated makerspace; they can be a part of classroom lessons. This program s sessions will include activities that can be adapted to multiple content areas and grade levels. Join this program to experience the maker approach as a learner. Time will be spent collaborating with colleagues on adapting these lessons to their classrooms. This program is designed for teachers in grades 5-12.

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