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October 1, 2021

  • When: October 1-December 10, 2021

    NCCAT Online offers NC educators a place to come and share ideas while reading a book together to help us learn and grow in our personal and professional lives. Our fourth book will be Dr. Carol S. Dweck s Mindset. Dweck, a psychologist at Stanford University, discovered with decades of research the power of our mindset.  Dweck explains that it is not just our abilities and talents that bring about success, but whether we approach our goals with a fixed or growth mindset. With the right mindset, we can motivate our children and help them improve in school and reach their own goals, personal or professional.

    This online self-paced course will begin on October 1st. There will be three Zoom meetings, where participants can come together face-to-face to discuss the book, ask questions, and read-aloud important sections. For those who cannot meet, all of the information is in the course broken down into modules.

    The Zoom meetings are for an hour and are informal and offer a safe space for participants to participate. The dates for the Zoom sessions are:

    If participants post to all discussion boards and submit all reflection assignments, they will earn 20 contact hours.

    You can purchase the book online, from independent bookstores, or check it out from your local library. There are electronic and audio versions available as well.

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October 4, 2021 to October 8, 2021

  • For grades K-5. This is a face-to-face program at our Ocracoke campus.

    The five components of effective literacy instruction are of particular importance to our English Language Learners including Phonological Awareness, Phonics, Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension. Writing is also a key component and is one avenue for meaningful use of language. English Language Learners can often participate in writing activities, even when their speaking skills are limited. Elementary ESL teachers will explore these components while collaborating with colleagues and a district ESL coach to learn how to help their pupils improve their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills based on reading science.

     

October 4, 2021 to October 7, 2021

  • Take the indoor classroom outside and bring STEM to life. Using various tools such as GooseChase, Geocaching, iNaturalist, and others, learn to use the “outside” as your main STEM tool. Discover how to integrate STEM into social studies, ELA, and science curriculum. Help students acquire and synthesize knowledge through experiential learning. Design lessons using STEM tools and curriculum that fits your grade level and content area.

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October 11, 2021 to October 13, 2021

  • Strong core instruction is critical for student success and standards-focused planning is an essential piece of this work. So, what are best practices for planning math core instruction? This program will focus on strategies for teaching math that honor the practice of acceleration to grade-level learning. We will explore the research from NCTM, among others, for re-engaging students in prior learning for success with grade-level concepts. In addition, teachers will have the opportunity to engage in vertical alignment communities, learn formative assessment strategies, and explore scaffolding practices. Join NCCAT to collaborate with NC colleagues and learn new practices that honor the needs of our math students. This program is intended for math teachers and instructional coaches in grades 2-6.

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October 11, 2021 to October 14, 2021

  • With the changes being made to Google Expeditions and apps like Google Poly, how can you continue to place the power of virtual reality into the hands of your students? What if you and your students could create virtual reality projects to experience our state, local and national parks as well as historical sites. Join us to collect digital artifacts of the beautiful places in our state and learn how to use smartphones, iPads and mobile devices, the Streetview app and free websites like Round.me to create virtual reality projects that not only foster engagement, critical thinking and creativity, but engender something unique to virtual reality; empathy and a connection to the beauty and history of our state. You will be inspired by your surroundings to create an interactive VR experience, then share it to GoOpen NC.  Student created VR can be used as a choice in any situation where teachers would normally use traditional digital projects like slide presentations, posters, infographics, and brochures.  The end products can be viewed through Google Cardboard, Goggles, or using a simple link.

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October 18, 2021 to October 21, 2021

  • In this session, we will discover ways to differentiate in a digital environment.  Strategies, scenarios, tips, tricks, and practices will be shared to increase student engagement.  Participants will be given an opportunity to understand how differentiating with technology can help them create student personalized learning profiles.  We will explore how to use technology to teach to different learning styles so that retention is easier.  Technology will be used so that teachers can connect with every student, and build stronger relationships that promote learning.

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October 18, 2021 to October 20, 2021

  • Is your school interested in using the NC STEM Schools of Distinction Rubric for school improvement or to receive the STEM School of Distinction designation?  During this three-day planning institute schools will review the overarching principles of the Rubric, consider what each principle means in the context of their individual school, assess the school’s readiness, draft a strategic plan and develop next steps for school improvement or to apply for the NC STEM Schools of Distinction. The institute will include whole group discussion to learn from best practices across the state and individual school team planning. 

    Who should attend:  School teams of three to five (including a required administrator). Schools which currently have a STEM focus or have previously applied for the STEM School of Distinction designation will benefit the most from this institute.

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October 19, 2021

  • Now more than ever we know the importance of routines for students in math instruction. Building students’ number sense should still be an integral part of the math block, even if it has to look a little different. Whether you are new to number talks or looking for resources to refresh your number talks, join NCCAT virtually from 4:00-5:30pm to learn this about this strategy and explore resources. This program is intended for math teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-5.

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October 19, 2021 to October 22, 2021

  • Join NCCAT to combine two powerful practices, differentiation and digital tools, to create engaging lessons for students in your classroom. This program will explore a framework that ties content, teaching, and digital knowledge together to create standards-aligned choice boards. Participants will learn digital tools to strengthen differentiation, focusing on using choice boards in the classroom. Return to your classroom ready to engage and empower students to take ownership of their learning.  This program is designed for teachers and instructional coaches in grades 4-9.

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October 22, 2021

  • Setting up a science lab or maker’s space can be expensive. In this one day seminar, you will learn ways to design lessons on a budget using inexpensive supplies and tools that you can find at your local dollar or discount store. Join us to engage in fun, standards-aligned and economical activities that will engage your students without breaking the bank!

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October 26, 2021

  • Time: 4 p.m.

    Do you want to learn new ideas for facilitating learning stations in your math classroom? If so, join NCCAT virtually on October 26th from 4:00-5:30pm to learn strategies for making learning stations successful, and explore resources to use in your center work. This session is designed for teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-5.

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October 29, 2021

  • The first few months of a school year can cause disillusionment for any teacher, but especially for novice educators. During this Focus Friday Session, beginning teachers will examine their current teaching practices in regards to classroom management and identify ways to engage students in learning. In addition, beginning teachers will use data from administrative evaluations and classroom assessments to improve student performance. Come find ways to reset your focus, manage responsibilities, and create joy in the day-to-day art of teaching.

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November 1, 2021 to November 4, 2021

  • There is a clear science to teaching reading. Due to advancements in cognitive science, we know more about how our students learn to read than ever before. Participants will delve into current Science of Reading research to support learning around the essential components of reading instruction and how to apply it in your Spanish dual language classroom. Please join us as we spend quality time looking closely into best instructional practices that support the Science of Reading in your Spanish dual language classroom.

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  • How can digital tools support writing instruction in middle grades classrooms?  Using the NC ELA standards for writing, participants will explore new strategies for teaching writing while integrating innovative digital tools. Sessions will include using mini lessons to teach writing alongside reading and using digital tools to support writing instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across NC, and create a unit of writing to implement in their classrooms. This program is designed for language arts teachers and instructional coaches in grades 4-9. 

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November 8, 2021 to November 12, 2021

  • When teachers know and begin to understand how the brain learns, they can better serve their students, thus increasing positive behavior and academic performance. Understanding thescience behind how we are hard wired to learn is empowering for educators. There is a strong relationship between the brain, SEL, and learning. The frontal lobe houses the structures where most brain activity occurs when people care about each other, trust each other, and want to be friends. It is also home to our executive control function, where we make decisions, process information, and learn. Through a combination of interactive lecture, practical activities, and meaningful movement; you will leave with the skills, understanding, and knowledge needed to become an awesome brain-based educator.

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November 9, 2021

  • Are you ready to create lessons that incorporate strategies for teaching vocabulary in your math classroom? If so, join NCCAT virtually from 4:00-5:30 to learn about Marzano’s instructional steps for teaching vocabulary. As we embrace vocabulary instruction, we want to use strategies that make connections to new math terms in multiple ways. In this session, we will explore Marzano’s steps from his recent text, Teaching Basic, Advanced, and Academic Vocabulary (2020), and learn how to use these strategies to our math classrooms. This virtual session is intended for teachers and instructional coaches in grades 3-8.

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November 15, 2021 to November 17, 2021

  • Opportunities to work with students in small groups creates new math understandings and builds fluency. Join this program to focus on essential components of small group instruction including facilitating math running records and interventions for math learners. This comprehensive program will include exploring number sense progressions, manipulatives for developing conceptual understanding, and strategies for building fluency. Time will be included for teachers to collaborate and develop small group lessons for their math classrooms. This program is intended for teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-5.

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November 15, 2021 to November 19, 2021

  • Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and NCCAT as we look at ways to enhance students’ environmental literacy through participation in citizen science projects. Get outdoors and explore North Carolina’s coastal ecology as we use the unique and beautiful ecosystems of the Outer Banks as a field laboratory to collect data. Become familiar with some of the many online citizen science databases and learn ways to use the data you and other citizens collect in your classroom. Participate in simple activities that incorporate technology, math, graphing, data analysis, and writing while introducing tools that will help you develop your own lessons and programs using citizen science data.

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November 15, 2021 to November 18, 2021

November 29, 2021 to December 2, 2021

  • What is literacy? How does literacy cross all content areas? How can I integrate literacy strategies into my class when I don’t teach reading? All teachers share the responsibility of ensuring our students are literate and prepared for college and careers. In this program, teachers will investigate ways to integrate literacy instruction into their content area. This program is designed specifically for teachers who teach art, music, and physical education in the elementary grades.

November 29, 2021 to December 3, 2021

  • How can digital tools support writing instruction in middle grades classrooms?  Using the NC ELA standards for writing, participants will explore new strategies for teaching writing while integrating innovative digital tools. Sessions will include using mini lessons to teach writing alongside reading and using digital tools to support writing instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across NC, and create a unit of writing to implement in their classrooms. This program is designed for language arts teachers and instructional coaches in grades 4-9. 

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December 6, 2021 to December 8, 2021

  • Authentic problem-solving is a vital part of the math classroom. Encouraging productive struggle can be challenging as students hit roadblocks with problem-solving. This program, based on the work of Sangiovanni, Katt, & Dykema (2020), will show targeted strategies for empowering students to move forward with this challenging work. This book study will explore ways to build students’ math identities, develop quality math tasks, and facilitate moves to assist students in productive struggle. Join NCCAT to engage in this new text and bring these strategies to life in your classroom. This program is intended for math teachers and instructional coaches in grades 2-6.    

January 4, 2022 to January 7, 2022

  • The work of instructional coaching is a dynamic part of school communities. Supporting coaching cultures where students are at the center is an essential part of this work.  Join this program to embrace the components of student-centered coaching. Throughout the week, learn coaching moves that create opportunities for professional growth, putting student learning at the forefront. Based on the work of Sweeney (2016 & 2020), sessions will include models for co-teaching moves, providing strengths-based feedback, and mindfulness strategies for teachers. Time will be spent collaborating with coaches from across NC, learning new ways to connect with teachers and their classrooms. This program is intended for K-12 instructional coaches. 

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