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Teachers Can Start 2018 with Professional Development at NCCAT

Programs in areas like Beginning Teacher Support, Reaching Reluctant Readers, Teacher Leadership, Early Literacy, and Digital Learning are available now from the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

CULLOWHEE—Teachers can start 2018 with high quality professional development from the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a nationally recognized leader in teacher professional development.

Programs in areas like Beginning Teacher Support, Reaching Reluctant Readers, Teacher Leadership, Early Literacy, and Digital Learning are available. Our NCCAT alumni regularly report their practice has improved. Find out what they know about how NCCAT can make a difference for you and your students.


A few offerings include these below:

14579 • Using Stem to Enhance Literacy

February 5–8: Ocracoke

Designed for teachers in grades 3–12.

The world of STEM–science, technology, engineering, and math–provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we make messes, break things, and create minds-on STEM learning environments.

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14580 • Math Foundations

February 5–9: Cullowhee

Foundations of Mathematics equips classroom teachers with the foundational knowledge needed to provide all students with appropriate mathematics instruction. The method uses evidence-based instructional strategies, assessments to guide instruction, appropriate selection of direct instruction programs, and progress monitoring of students. This program helps teachers understand how to make strong mathematical connections to explain the procedures used in mathematics. It will ensure you are able to help your students demystify and conceptualize mathematics. Your students will find a new love of mathematics when you allow them to reason about the math rather than just “do” the math.

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14583 • Project Based Learning in Digital Format

February 12–15: Cullowhee

It’s time to start thinking outside the box! Teachers often think projects take too much time to plan or don’t know how to align them with curriculum. Project Based Learning Units (PBLs) are an effective and enjoyable way to learn that allow students to work as a team, reflect, ask questions, build confidence, work with a purpose, problem solve, and learn time management. Investigate essential questions, unit questions, and content questions that will enable you to develop your own PBL unit. Return to your classroom with a PBL unit you create that will excite and engage your students as they claim ownership of their learning.

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14587 • Reading for Meaning: The Role of Questioning

February 19–23: Ocracoke

Designed for teachers of grades K–5.

Good readers ask questions before, during, and after reading to make sense of text. Questions provide the opportunity to interact with the text and figure out the deeper meaning of what is being read. How do teachers model good questioning strategies? How do teachers pose questions that foster critical thinking? What types of questions help readers understand confusing parts of a book? Learn how to use questioning strategies to enhance reading comprehension for all students.

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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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