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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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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, and suggestions for putting student learning at the forefront. Sessions will include models for co-teaching moves, providing strength-based feedback, and high-impact instructional strategies. Time will be spent collaborating with coaches from across NC, and learning new ways to connect with your teachers and their classrooms. This program is intended for K-12 instructional coaches. 

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How can charter school teachers build networks of support for schools, staff, and students? With each charter school operating as an independent LEA, how do we form communities with other charter school educators to share best practices and increase community support? Explore how teachers can better advocate for their specific school and charters in general and how to develop your own leadership style to help support school initiatives. Learn best practices in connecting students to digital learning and student leadership development through exploring personalized, project-based and flipped learning. Discuss ways to model these practices in your schools. Using a “make and take” model, participants will have time to develop a communication or networking plan, digital lessons, and project-based modules to share with your school.

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Badge one will focus on core instructional practices that provide access and equity to all students, while honoring their strengths and maximizing their potential in high school Math I. Join us as we make sense of how the five practices of mathematical discourse and the eight effective teaching practices for mathematics can be integrated into routine practices for Math 1 standards. 

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Badge two will focus on creating the balance of rigor demanded in the standards of Math 1. Specifically,  what and when does conceptual understanding look like in Math 1, what standards call for a level of procedural fluency and what does this look like beyond worksheets, and how do problem solve and reasoning need to be attended to to maintain rigor. In this session we will spend some time being explicit about helping students to form connections among multiple representations of mathematics.

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With growing demands on both teachers and students, the role of library media specialists and instructional technology facilitators as instructional support is more important than ever. These individuals serve as program administrators, teachers, instructional partners, and resource specialists. By working together, teachers in these roles can further their reach and enhance student learning. In this session, focus will be on strategies that media specialists and instructional technology facilitators can use to develop a collaborative teaching role that supports traditional and digital literacy across the curriculum. We will also explore technology tools and digital resources that can be used to grow students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening and program advocacy.

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Picture books are powerful and engaging texts that can help all elementary students succeed in language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Picture books appeal to students of all reading levels and interests. Please join us as we discover discipline-specific and cross-curricular activities that illustrate how picture books can be used in your classroom. Participants will walk away with an enhanced knowledge of how to effectively use picture books, as well as a book or two to add to their classroom collection.  This program is designed for teachers in grades K-5.

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Canvas is a useful tool whether it s for fully online courses or to create modules for a blended teaching approach, but who has the time and support to craft great Canvas resources? This program will give teachers exactly that - the time and support needed to accomplish their Canvas design goals. Teachers will learn best practices for building lessons, assignments, discussions, and modules while being supported in their work. Come with ideas for lessons that need an online component. This course is designed for teachers in grades 6-12.

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North Carolina teachers are invited to join us to examine Global Education and the development of a “Portrait of a Global Leader.” Engage in the study and discussion of: the impact of Global Education, the growth of Global Leadership, distributive and collective teacher leadership models (Global Committees), SEL alignment to Global Competencies, College/Career readiness and workforce development in a globally competitive society, and building global teaching practices. Discover how to “Pay Attention, Feel Connected, and Take Action” as you work with other NC Global Educators in reflecting on how students can “Change the World” by changing where they are. Join in our dialogue about how Global Leaders can spread their enthusiasm for Global Education to other members of the education profession and engage their communities in the process of “Uniting Our World.”

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Today s teachers face the challenge of how to ensure a positive school experience for their students, many of whom carry the burden of adverse childhood experiences. Spurred by the facilitator s personal experience and extensive exploration of brain-based learning, we will explore how brain science can be applied to social-emotional learning to create supportive classroom environments and improve outcomes for all students. This program is designed for all teachers and guidance counselors in grades K-12.

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In an increasingly digital world, we are inundated with media and information. Through literacy tools and activities, learn how to help students determine if a source is credible. Navigate and utilize digital literacy to understand grade-related science topics and expand their critical thinking skills.  Participants will explore the nature of science and author and personal bias, address common scientific misconceptions and take home templates and protocols to assist in guiding these conversations with students. Learn how to strengthen understanding of grades 5-12 science standards by weaving together hands-on lessons, research analysis and problem-solving. This session is also appropriate for all ELA, Humanities, and media teachers.

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How do we support students to read texts as a historian or as a political scientist? Join NCCAT to explore the world of disciplinary literacy. We will examine the types of texts used in social studies classrooms and develop plans to support students as they read and write through a social studies lens, providing deeper engagement in concepts. This session is designed for secondary social studies teachers and instructional coaches in grades 6-12.

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Canvas is a useful tool whether it s for fully online courses or to create modules for a blended teaching approach, but who has the time and support to craft great Canvas resources? This program will give teachers exactly that - the time and support needed to accomplish their Canvas design goals. Teachers will learn best practices for building lessons, assignments, discussions, and modules while being supported in their work. Come with ideas for lessons that need an online component. This course is designed for teachers in grades 6-12.

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Join NCCAT to learn how to personalize your classroom to accelerate learning and increase engagement to Rebound into the 2022-23 school year. Teachers will create lessons and resources that are standards-aligned and student-centered, modeling the philosophy of personalized learning. Teachers will engage in strategies to create learner profiles that focus on the whole child, working with student-centered data, and creating learning paths. Come ready to collaborate to provide avenues for student-voice and choice and strategies focused on flexible learning environments for student success.

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How can I integrate literacy strategies into my class when I do not 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 specialists areas. This program is designed specifically for teachers who teach art, music, and physical education in the elementary grades.

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Now more than ever, middle grades students need math classroom structures that honor their strengths and create problem-solving mindsets. Let s explore strategies that bring engagement and strengths-based teaching to the middle grades classroom. Sessions for this program will include authentic problem-solving strategies, number sense routines, and vocabulary instructional practices. This program is intended for math teachers in grades 5-8.

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