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School-Based Programming Services

NCCAT offers a variety of K–12 school-based programs available to public schools and districts across the state of North Carolina.

Effective July 1, 2016, a nominal fee shall apply.

Onsite and virtual trainings at your school or district have an immediate impact on a larger number of teachers and are:

  • Convenient

  • Research-Based

  • Affordable

NCCAT faculty members plan, and facilitate the following school-based programs:

Gin Hodge, Senior Early Grades Literacy Specialist

Email Ms. Hodge at [email protected]

Introduction to the Science of Reading

This program focuses on best practices for literacy instruction based on reading science. Do you have certified staff in your building that will not be receiving LETRS® training? This is the perfect opportunity to introduce them to the clear science of teaching reading. Due to advancements in cognitive science, we know more about how our students learn to read than ever before. We will spend quality time looking closely into best instructional practices that support the Science of Reading. This session will provide strategies for foundational literacy skills including phonological awareness and fluency, among others to be used in whole group or small group instruction. This program is designed for teachers in grades K-8 and can be facilitated as a two-hour or half-day session.

Writing in the K-2 Classroom

All children are writers and teachers must work actively alongside the child to move their writing skills to a higher level of competency. This session will help teachers observe a child’s writing and how to engage with them to provide that extra “nudge” to take their writing to the next level. We will examine the developmental stages of young writers and prepare primary teachers to know their students as writers. This is a half-day session.

Writing in the 3-5 Classroom

What is needed to learn to write? Our students must receive adequate practice and instruction in writing because writing does not develop naturally. A basic goal for North Carolina elementary teachers is to teach our pupils to write effectively and flexibly. This program will share evidence-based best practices for teaching writing to our third through fifth graders. This is a half-day session.

Jason Lineberger, Senior Digital Tools Specialist

Email Mr. Lineberger at [email protected]

Teaching with the Makerspace

Makerspaces do not have to be stand-alone programs. In this session, teachers will learn how to implement the maker mindset in the classroom and use hands-on, engaging learning activities. Teachers will play the role of students and participate in the activities then debrief how this approach might enhance instruction in their classrooms. This half-day workshop is designed for classroom teachers and instructional coaches in grades 6-12.

Canvas with Curb Appeal

Building effective online lessons require more than simply putting your best content into a Canvas shell.  In this hands-on session, teachers of all grades and subject areas will build lessons to have visual appeal and interactive components to take engagement to the next level. The course covers basic online design principles, where to find images and videos quickly, and how to comply with ADA and copyright guidelines. In addition, topics such as how to add original audio, video, and teacher-created animations will be integrated. This half-day or virtual session is designed for teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-12.

Emily Myers, Senior Math Specialist

Email Ms. Myers at

Empowering Mathematicians through Hands-on Learning in the Secondary Classroom

How do we empower middle and high school mathematicians to flourish as they create meaning in mathematics?  Join us as we explore the CRA (concrete-representational-abstract) model in the secondary math classroom, where educators learn how to empower students through hands-on opportunities. This program will explore Fraction Tiles, Hands-On Equations, or Algebra Tiles for 5-12 math teachers. Each session can be scheduled as a full-day or a half-day program.

Authentic Problem-Solving in Secondary Mathematics

Authentic Problem-Solving in Secondary Mathematics will explore problem-solving routines as a vehicle for engaging students in mathematical thinking. Educators will engage in routines such as 3 Reads and Convince Me That, which support students as they make sense of the mathematics. These strategies will be based on concepts from the NC Standards for grades 6-8 or 9-12. Each grade span is a half-day session.

Jennifer Redfearn, Senior STEM Specialist

Email Ms. Redfearn at [email protected]

Cooperative Learning in the Secondary Science Classroom

Collaboration is an integral component of highly effective science classrooms.  When students are supported in learning from and with each other, everyone benefits! In this session, teachers will experience easy-to-implement strategies that support cooperative learning and lift student voices in their learning spaces.

Science and Engineering Practices in Action

The recently approved North Carolina Science Standards call for teachers to lift science curriculum through the lens of the 8 Science and Engineering Practices. Participants in this session will learn the benefits of these practices and how they can be implemented in their classrooms to deeply engage students in meaningful science experiences.

Click here for NCCAT's School-Based Programming form.

For more information about scheduling a school-based program, please contact Dr. Karen Sumner Deputy Executive Director, at 828-293-5202 or email [email protected]