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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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With the changes being made to Google Expeditions and apps like Google Poly, how can you continue to place the power of virtual reality into the hands of your students? What if you and your students could create virtual reality projects to experience our state, local and national parks as well as historical sites. Join us to collect digital artifacts of the beautiful places in our state and learn how to use our devices, apps, and free websites to create virtual reality projects that foster engagement, critical thinking, and creativity. You will be inspired by your surroundings to create an interactive VR experience, and share with others. Student created VR can be used as a choice in any situation where teachers would use traditional digital projects like slide presentations, posters, infographics, and brochures.  The end products can be viewed through Google Cardboard, Goggles, or using a simple link. This program is designed for K-12 educators, school counselors, and anyone eager to take learners on adventures.

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We are all committed to cultivating in-demand, future proof skills in our students, but what kind of instruction accomplishes that goal? High Quality Project-Based Learning is a pedagogical strategy used by forward thinking educators around the world to inspire students to collaborate, think critically , and share their work. Though many educators have heard about PBL and are excited about it, they struggle to implement it with fidelity in their own classrooms. This program, designed for educators in grades 6-12 of all subjects, including Career and Technical Education, will introduce educators to the HQPBL framework and help them create their own PBL units in a high energy, collaborative atmosphere.

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Research indicates that every student can be successful in math with a combination of mindset and high effect size strategies. Join us as we explore strategies that make learning visible and engage high school students in rich mathematics. Sessions for this program will include mathematical discourse, the power of reflection, and authentic problem-solving. This program is open to math teachers in grades 8-12 with a focus on Math 1. 

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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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Successful transition into the workforce force depends on the right training and credentials, but how do we ensure that students have the skills they need to do the job?  This program will explore North Carolina’s career development continuum that scaffolds students’ work-based learning opportunities in elementary, middle and high school. Participants will learn research-based strategies that can be integrated in their work-based learning program such as labor market analysis, differentiating between different forms of work-based learning, building partnerships, and supporting students with disabilities. Come ready to learn new practices to integrate work-based learning in your curriculum while collaborating with colleagues on a work-based learning plan for your school or district. 

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The Maker Movement empowers colleagues to become inventors, engineers, and designers. A current trend in education uses the Maker mindset to encourage students of all ages to build, design, program, solve problems, collaborate, and innovate. Learn to plan lessons that teach the Maker mindset and pull in content as diverse as engineering, reading, and math. In this hands-on session you’ll explore how to use Maker activities in your classroom to promote learning, foster engagement, and build innovation . Topics include: design, 3D printing, building, invention, robotics, programming, electronics, app smashing, and more! This program is suited for teachers in grades 3-12.

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The five components of effective literacy instruction are of particular importance to our Multilingual Learners and include Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Writing is also a key component and is one avenue for meaningful use of language. Multilingual  Learners can often participate in writing activities, even when their speaking skills are limited. Elementary ESL teachers will explore these components while collaborating with colleagues and a former district ESL coach to learn how to help their students improve their literacy skills based on reading science. This program is intended for ESL teachers and coaches in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Engagement is key in the modern STEM classroom! This week-long session will explore high-yield, research-based strategies that support student engagement, rigor, and a deep understanding of STEM principles. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how the practices learned can be implemented in their classrooms. 20 Strategies in STEM by William Bender will serve as the foundation for this session.

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