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North Carolina Connections Academy Teachers Train at NCCAT

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (February 23, 2016)—The North Carolina Connections Academy came to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching February 16–18 for a “Solution and Planning Teams” program.

NCCAT faculty member Elizabeth Joyce (digital learning) and Deb Teitelbaum (teamwork) made presentations.

The training’s emphasis on online instruction tied into Digital Learning Day, a national campaign to highlight teaching practices and showcase technology innovations. NCCAT is a recognized national leader in professional development programming for teachers.

AIG Teachers Find Resources and Time Valuable at NCCAT

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (February 5, 2016)—Robin Sechrist is the only Academic or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) teacher at Efland Creeks Elementary School in Orange County, so when she had the chance to join other teachers at “How Do Gifted Students Grow? AIG Concepts and Digital Resources” she jumped at the chance. And she is glad she did.

Sechrist and 26 other teachers took part in the January program at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a national leader in professional development.

Experience NCCAT This February

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (January 5, 2016)—February at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching is a perfect month for a first-time experience or to join us again. Program topics include Differentiated Learning, Digital Technology, Using Data, Engaging Parents, Teacher ePortfollos, Social Studies, Literacy Instruction, and much more.

NCCAT models best practices for application to the classroom. The high-quality professional development offered at our campuses in Cullowhee and Ocracoke has had direct impact in schools:

NCCAT Announces Honored Educator Scholarship Application Process Now Open

Cullowhee, NC

NCCAT's Honored Educator Scholarship (HES) program pays tribute to outstanding educators and individuals by providing scholarship funds in their names. Scholarship funds can be named in honor of classroom teachers, coaches, administrators, school board members, or community volunteers—anyone whose teaching or influence in public education has made a positive difference in the lives of others. Each fully endowed scholarship is awarded annually to a North Carolina teacher based on criteria determined by the scholarship benefactor.

NCCAT Board Chairman and Future Executive Director Visit Cullowhee Campus

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (December 11, 2015)—North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Board of Trustees Chairman Linda Daves and future Executive Director Dr. M. Brock Womble visited the western North Carolina campus Dec. 8–9.

Daves and Womble talked with staff at a meeting on campus, visited with teachers from across the state of North Carolina who were on campus attending two programs during the week and met with Western Carolina University Chancellor David Belcher during their visit.

2014–2015 NCCAT Annual Report Available Online

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (December 3, 2015)—The 2014–2015 North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching annual report has been released. NCCAT remains focused on impacting students, supporting teachers, and responding to state initiatives. NCCAT more than doubled the number of teachers served from two years ago.

Click here for a PDF of the annual report


Cullowhee, NC

In early November, the North Carolina Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa’s first cohort of Emerging Leaders gathered together in Cullowhee at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, recognized national leader in professional development programming for teachers.

Twenty of North Carolina’s top leaders spent a day and a half learning about change leadership. Melissa Nixon, Director of Title I Guilford Public Schools, wrote a blog about the experience.

NCCAT Solution and Planning Teams Provide Time and Space

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (November 24, 2015)—The NCCAT Solution and Planning Teams program offers educators an opportunity to meet in a residential setting devoid of distraction to create and advance departmental, school, or district-wide projects. These projects might consist of new programming, research, planning, or curricula. Early grades literacy or digital learning projects will be given preference. All projects will be considered.

NCCAT Program Builds Active Kids and Active Readers

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (November 20, 2015)—Sarah Lowell knows if she could have moved more in school she would have learned more.

“I was one of those kids who would have loved school if I had been able to move and learn,” said Lowell, a former physical education Teacher of the Year in North Carolina. “School was torture for me, up until high school, because of not being able to move. Now the research is there that proves kids will retain information better and learn more if moving.”

Morehead City Primary School Teachers Share Digital Tools Learned at NCCAT

Cullowhee, NC

CULLOWHEE (November 17, 2015)—Three Morehead City Primary School teachers were already using tools they learned about at NCCAT—even before going back to the classroom. And they plan to keep integrating technology into their Carteret County school.

Lee Taylor, a third-grade teacher; Amanda McCall, a third-grade teacher; and Chantel Williams, a second-grade teacher, all took part in “There's an App for That! Digital Programs Across the Curriculum.”