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School-Based Programming Services

NCCAT offers a variety of K–12 school-based programs available to public schools and districts across the state of North Carolina.

Effective July 1, 2016, a nominal fee shall apply.

Onsite and virtual trainings at your school or district have an immediate impact on a larger number of teachers and are:

  • Convenient

  • Research-Based

  • Affordable

NCCAT faculty members plan, and facilitate the following school-based programs:

Dr. Bonnie Bolado, Senior Math Specialist, NBCT

Email Dr. Bolado at [email protected]

Making Number Sense Happen (K-6)

This program focuses on resources and strategies for building students’ number sense and conceptual understanding honoring their need to explore concepts while moving towards fluency. The strategies are designed to be embedded in the teachers’ math block along with their current math curriculum. There are two half-day sessions that can be offered with this program including: Facilitating Number Sense Routines and Vertical Progressions for Conceptual Understanding.

Small Group Strategies: Building Conceptual Understanding & Fluency (K-5)

This program will build teachers’ toolboxes with math strategies for small group instruction. Strategies presented will build conceptual understanding and fluency skills and can be facilitated in small groups as core instruction strategies or interventions based on students’ needs. Manipulatives and models will be integrated throughout the professional learning. These strategies will be based on concepts from the NC Standards for the grade spans, K-2 and 3-5. Each grade span is a half-day session.

Authentic Problem-Solving Strategies (3-8)

This program will explore instructional strategies that engage students in authentic problem-solving. Teachers will delve into resources that integrate the eight Mathematics Teaching Practices and challenge students to think as mathematicians. Strategies will include scaffolding word problems, revising mathematical thinking, and supporting students’ discussions. Concepts from the NC Standards will be used as examples for these problem-solving strategies. This program can be scheduled as a full day or a half day program.

Gin Hodge, Senior Early Grades Literacy Specialist

Email Ms. Hodge at [email protected]

Introduction to the Science of Reading (K-8)

This program focuses on best practices for literacy instruction based on reading science. Do you have certified staff in your building that will not be receiving LETRS training? This is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the clear science of teaching reading. Due to advancements in cognitive science, we know more about how our students learn to read than ever before. We will spend quality time looking closely into best instructional practices that support the Science of Reading. This session will provide strategies for foundational literacy skills including phonological awareness and fluency, among others to be used in whole group or small group instruction. This is a half-day session.

Know Better Do Better - Making the Shift (K-2)

This program will build teachers’ toolbox with foundational skills strategies for small group and whole group instruction. One of the most important jobs of a Kindergarten through Second Grade teacher is to support students as they unlock the code to the written language. A robust body of research points to the fact that explicit foundational skills instruction is crucial for students as they learn to read and write. We will explore literacy practices that improve student learning outcomes for our emerging, novice, and decoding readers. We must be teaching the foundations so every child can read. When we know better, we do better. This is a half-day session.

Writing in the Elementary Classroom (K-5)

This program focuses on resources and strategies for building pupils’ writing skills. If they are to be successful in school and all aspects of their lives, they must learn to write. What is needed to learn to write? Our pupils must receive adequate practice and instruction in writing because writing does not develop naturally. This professional learning experience will include research-based best practices for teaching writing in kindergarten through fifth grade. This is a half-day session.

Jason Lineberger Digital Learning School-Based Sessions

Email to Mr. Lineberger at [email protected]

Teaching Writing with the Makerspace

Makerspaces do not have to be stand-alone programs. In this session, teachers will learn how to implement the maker mindset in the classroom and use hands-on, engaging activities to teach writing. Teachers will play the role of students and participate in the activities then debrief how this approach might improve writing instruction in their classrooms. This half-day workshop is designed for classroom teachers and instructional coaches in grades 6-12.

Canvas with Curb Appeal

Building effective online lessons require more than simply putting your best content into a Canvas shell.  In this hands-on session, teachers of all grades and subject areas will build lessons to have visual appeal and interactive components to take engagement to the next level. The course covers basic online design principles, where to find images and videos quickly, how to comply with ADA and copyright guidelines. In addition, topics such as how to add original audio, video, and teacher-created animations will be integrated. This is a full-day session is designed for teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-12.

Dr. Mandy Taylor, Senior Content Specialist

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Designing Secondary ELA Instruction (6-8)

Clear learning targets are essential to instruction. The process of unpacking and planning standards leads to multiple opportunities to maximize students’ learning. In this session, dive into three standards of your choice to create a blueprint for learning. This session will provide resources to unpack the standards, develop student-friendly learning targets, and establish expectations for learning. Finally, we will explore how to use the blueprint for formative assessment. This half-day session is designed for ELA teachers and instructional coaches in grades 6-8 and can be coupled with ELA Middle Grades: Facilitating Instruction for a full day of learning.

Facilitating Secondary ELA Instruction (6-8)

Middle grades language arts classrooms require flexible instruction that engage learners in rich literacy experiences. This session will explore how to facilitate components of the middle grades reading block including delivering mini lessons, as well as structuring collaborative and independent time. Regardless of the text you are using, this session will offer reading facilitation strategies that meet the needs of the middle grades learner and create a comprehensive reading block. This half-day session is designed for ELA teachers and instructional coaches in grades 6-8 and can be coupled with ELA Middle Grades: Designing Instruction for a full day of learning.

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For more information about scheduling a school-based program, please contact Dr. Karen Sumner, Chief Academic Officer, at 828-293-5202 or email [email protected]