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Wells Fargo Awards Grant to Help NCCAT Literacy Programming

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CULLOWHEE—Wells Fargo Corporate Giving has awarded a grant of $2,500 to the Development Foundation of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Inc. (NCCAT) to support professional development literacy programs for North Carolina teachers.

The grant will help cover the cost for teachers attending NCCAT’s programs “Reading, Writing and Ready by Third Grade: Early Grades Literacy Instruction” and “Reading Foundations Training.” Dorcas Masson, NCCAT Development Associate, led a team effort to write the grant.

“We appreciate the Wells Fargo Corporate Giving gift that will help us provide these vital programs for North Carolina teachers about literacy,” said NCCAT Executive Director M. Brock Womble.

“We are proud to support NCCAT and their efforts to develop effective literacy programs,” said Jim Wood, business banking manager for Wells Fargo in Western North Carolina. “At Wells Fargo, we share the belief that supporting education is one of the most important investments we can make in our country’s future.”

“The Reading Foundations Training” will take place November 17–22 in Cullowhee. The six-day training will provide teachers with a solid foundation of knowledge and skills needed to deliver effective reading instruction to all students. It also will increase their understanding of reading difficulties and their ability to help struggling readers succeed. In this course, teachers are introduced to the knowledge, skills and procedures needed to provide effective instruction for students with persistent reading difficulties. The principles, techniques, methods and strategies presented in this program are based on research-validated instructional strategies. Through this program, teachers must assess students and plan a comprehensive series of daily instructional lessons that include specific instructional procedures, activities and materials for teaching phonemic awareness, letter-sound associations, word identification, spelling, reading fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension. The program will provide teachers with a strong understanding of what it takes to build an individualized reading instruction program that will have a direct effect on the academic performance of their students.

The grant for the “Reading Foundations Training” will help teachers from District 8 (Asheville City, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Haywood, Henderson, Macon, Madison, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Transylvania).

The “Reading, Writing and Ready by Third Grade: Early Grades Literacy Instruction” program will provide early grades teachers with a complement of research-based tools and strategies to help answer some of their more burning questions: How do I teach “close reading” to students who don’t yet know the alphabet? What level of writing can I attain from children who are still learning to spell? How do I simultaneously provide enrichment for advanced readers and remediation for delayed readers? Finally, how can I integrate reading and writing instruction into all other subject areas? Preference will be given to teachers of grades K–3.  Amy Jo Spencer, senior literacy specialist at NCCAT, leads the program in partnership with Roya Scales, associate professor at Western Carolina University.


About Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) is a diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.9 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer and commercial finance through more than 8,600 locations, 13,000 ATMs, the internet ( and mobile banking and has offices in 36 countries and territories to support customers who conduct business in the global economy. With approximately 268,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in the United States. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked No. 27 on Fortune’s 2016 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially. In 2015, Wells Fargo donated $281.3 million to 16,300 nonprofits, ranking No. 3 on the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s rankings of the top corporate cash philanthropists. Wells Fargo team members volunteered 1.86 million hours in 2015, serving more than 40,000 nonprofits. Wells Fargo’s corporate social responsibility efforts are focused on three priorities: economic empowerment in underserved communities, environmental sustainability and advancing diversity and social inclusion. Wells Fargo perspectives are also available at Wells Fargo Blogs and Wells Fargo Stories.


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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