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Believe in Reading grant funds NCCAT early grades literacy programming effort

Gin Hodge with kids.

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) has received a $3,840 grant from Believe in Reading. This funding will allow the purchase of picture books and expert presenters in conjunction with teacher professional development programming in early-grades literacy.

The program "The Power of Picture Books" will take place in Ocracoke from May 20-24. Picture books are powerful and engaging texts that can help all elementary students succeed in language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Teachers will discover discipline-specific and cross-curricular activities that illustrate how teachers' and students' picture books can be used in classrooms. Participants will walk away with an enhanced knowledge of effectively using picture books and a fantastic read-aloud professional book.

NCCAT provides essential teacher professional development to boost early grades literacy achievement. With advancements in cognitive science, more is known about how students learn to read than ever before. NCCAT has been and continues to be proactive in providing the best instructional practices that support the Science of Reading. 

Recent NCCAT programming included "Integrate STEAM into the Elementary Classroom Through Picture Books," designed to improve student literacy by exploring hands-on lessons directly aligned with ELA standards and focusing on specific picture books, and "Entry Points: Using Picture Books to Explore Social Studies," designed to support literacy and social studies instruction.

Educators can apply for "The Power of Picture Books" by visiting