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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:

Dr. Bonnie Bolado, Chief Academic Officer

Email Dr. Bolado at [email protected]

Small Group Strategies: Building Conceptual Understanding & Fluency

This program will build teachers’ toolboxes with math strategies for small group instruction. Strategies presented will build conceptual understanding and fluency skills and can be facilitated in small groups as core instruction strategies or interventions based on students’ needs. Manipulatives and models will be integrated throughout the professional learning. These strategies will be based on concepts from the NC Standards for the grade spans, K-2 and 3-5. Each grade span is a half-day session.

Authentic Problem-Solving Strategies

This program will explore instructional strategies that engage students in authentic problem-solving. Teachers will delve into resources that integrate the Standards of Mathematical Practice and challenge students to think as mathematicians. Strategies will include scaffolding word problems, revising mathematical thinking, and supporting students’ discussions. Concepts from the NC Math Standards will be used as examples for these problem-solving strategies. This session is designed for math teachers in grades 3-8. This program can be scheduled as a full-day or a half-day program.

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.

Dr. Mandy Taylor, Senior Content Specialist

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Content Area Reading 

Reading is a key component of content area instruction. This session will explore strategies such as summarizing, using graphic organizers and concept maps, along with double-entry journals and how those can be utilized to support content area reading. This program is designed for science, social studies, and specialist teachers in grades 4-8. This session can be a half-day or full-day session.

Maximizing Learning in Student Groups

Organizing and facilitating collaborative groups is a critical part of the learning process for students. This session will explore how to maximize student learning using a systematic approach for implementing and facilitating student groups. Topics will include steps for introducing group work, scaffolding student participation, and implementing group tasks. This program is designed for teachers in grades 6-12 and can be facilitated as a half-day or full-day session.

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

For more information about scheduling a school-based program, please contact Dr. Bonnie Bolado Chief Academic Officer, at 828-293-5202 or email