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Summer is the Perfect Time to Keep the Learning Going with NCCAT

NCCAT’s vision is to help North Carolina teachers grow in knowledge, skills, compassion, and professionalism so that every student becomes engaged, self-motivated, and successful.

CULLOWHEE (May 3, 2016)—Teachers know better than anyone else that learning doesn’t stops in the summer. The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a national leader in professional development, is committed to providing high-quality professional development that helps keep the learning going.

With topics including digital learning, early grades literacy, beginning teachers and more available, the summer is a great to have an NCCAT experience.

Here are a few offerings coming up:

14171 • Genius Hour for Teachers: Digital Teaching and Learning in Action


When: July 5–8

Many schools and districts have embraced the concept of Genius Hour by intentionally designing time during the school week for students to explore personal topics of interest and significance. From this Genius Hour work, many students’ passion and expertise grow in ways that are not likely to happen in traditional school structures. Just as our students need opportunities to explore and create, teachers need this time as well. Join us for Genius Hour for Teachers, a program designed for teachers to explore concepts, theories, tools, and strategies related to digital teaching and learning. Each participant will choose a focus or direction for this Genius Hour work. Explore structures and strategies, discuss potential strengths and limitations of various approaches to digital teaching and learning, engage in and reflect on what you’ve learned with your peers, and create plans and processes to implement digital teaching and learning in your classroom.


14172 • Integrate Coding Skills Into Your Curriculum!


When: July 5–8

Computer science drives job growth and innovation throughout our economy and society. According to computing occupations make up two-thirds of all projected new jobs in STEM fields, making Computer Science one of the most in-demand college degrees. Most students, however, do not have the opportunity to learn coding. You can help change this. Learn how to code, integrate coding into your curriculum, basics in robotics, and inspire students to learn more about computer science.


14186 • Reading Resources: Equipping Your Classroom for Reading Success


When: August 8–12

Reading, as the old saying goes, is fundamental. However, not all public school students have access to the variety of materials necessary to build a strong reading foundation. Research grant opportunities for purchasing books, digital devices, and other materials to aid in literacy instruction. Explore multiple means of acquiring literacy-related donations and discover open-access materials online. Finally, participate in the sharing of strategies for the effective use of these resources.


14192 • The Canvas Connection


When: August 23–26

Canvas, North Carolina’s Learning Management System (LMS), is your place for one-stop learning and course management. Canvas is a trusted, open source LMS which provides a new way of teaching, learning, and thinking. Create modules, lessons, assessments, discussions, and portfolios. Have your grade book, course information, feedback, and student analytics all in one place. Come be a part of the education revolution—it’s Canvas Time, North Carolina!


Information on how we can work with you below! Act now to join us.

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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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