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Literacy Badge program successful at NCCAT

NCCAT Literacy Badge program served teachers across North Carolina.

CULLOWHEE - Teachers from across North Carolina completed the first North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Literacy Badge program. Teachers could attend all five and earn the badge or attend individual sessions of your choice based on interest and need. The effort was part of the new Focus Friday program,

The programs were at the NCCAT Cullowhee campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays from November through February. The Focus Friday programs offer teachers the opportunity to look into a variety of topics while at NCCAT, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for teachers, for a day. 

Topics were - Phonological Awareness November 2, 2018 A significant predictor of reading success that also sets the stage for decoding at the listening level. Phonics December 7, 2018 The understanding of the systematic and predictable relationships between written letters and spoken sounds—which directly impacts children’s ability to read words both in isolation and in connected text. Fluency January 18, 2019 The ability to read a text accurately, quickly and with expression—as a bridge between word recognition and comprehension. Robust Vocabulary February 8, 2019 Instruction, which includes the listening, speaking, reading and writing components needed for beginning reading success. Comprehension February 15, 2019 The essence of reading—and the purposeful strategies needed to ensure readers have the tools for making meaning every day.

Information about future Focus Friday topics will be coming out soon.


Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. For more information about NCCAT’s professional development programs, visit or call 828-293-5202.

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