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Upcoming Programs: Complete List

October 5, 2020 to October 9, 2020

  • Digital learning is a broad category that encompasses the use of digital resources and technology to enhance and differentiate instruction. The number of available options, however, can be overwhelming. Participants in this session will gain experience with free, high-quality tools for: video and audio production, blended lessons, curating digital content, formative assessment, and coding. The program will also incorporate hands-on experiences with inexpensive technology that could be used to enhance instruction. Participants will explore these digital tools as students to best determine how to use them effectively as teachers, then leave NCCAT with a virtual toolbox of new techniques to take back to the classroom.

October 7, 2020 to October 9, 2020

  • For grades 3-8

    Children today spend less time outdoors than ever before — and it may be detrimental not only to their physical health, but also to their cognitive development. Current research shows that students in schools with more “greenness” in their surroundings reported higher scores on standardized testing in English and math. We will examine research on the “nature deficit disorder” and will develop and share plans for connecting literacy and nature. Come join us as we explore the rationale for exposing students to nature and strategies for connecting literacy activities to green spaces in and around our public schools.

October 14, 2020 to October 16, 2020

  • Residential program at Cullowhee

    Designed for teachers in grades K-2

    One of the most important jobs of a Kindergarten through Second Grade teacher is to support students as they unlock the code to the written language. A robust body of research points to the fact that explicit foundational skills instruction is crucial for students as they learn to read and write. Join us to find the literacy practices that improve student learning outcomes for our emerging, novice and decoding readers. We must be teaching the foundations so every child can read. When we know better, we do better.


October 19, 2020 to October 22, 2020

  • We know STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is a hot topic but, just how important is it that we integrate STEM into our classrooms? The short answer is that our world depends on it. According to the Smithsonian STEM Imperative, 2.4 million STEM jobs will go unfilled this year and it is projected to grow by 13% over the next 10 years. As teachers, we have an important role to inspire and teach our students the skills they will need to be successful in an ever-changing world. In this program we will focus on how to integrate content standards as we STEMify our classrooms to enhance our students innovative thinking.

October 19, 2020 to October 23, 2020

  • 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.

October 20, 2020

  • We know it is critical for students to understand that quantities are more than just numbers when problem-solving, so how do we create opportunities for students to experience this? This virtual session will teach the sense-making routine of Capturing Quantities based on the book, Routines for Reasoning by Kelemanik, Lucenta, and Creighton. We will understand how this routine deepens students’ understandings of quantities in math scenarios and explore avenues of how to achieve this routine in multiple settings. Teachers will have a deepened understanding of the integral role of the Standards of Mathematical Practice when using this routine in their classrooms. Additionally, opportunities to collaborate with teachers from across the state will be incorporated. This session is intended for math teachers in grades 3-8, teachers who work with exceptional children in this grade span content, as well as instructional coaches who work with math teachers.

October 22, 2020

  • This is a virtual program

    Time: 3:15-4:45 p.m.

    We know ongoing formative assessment is more critical than ever in math instruction, so how do we make the most of these assessments to guide our instruction? Join this session to explore different assessment strategies that help us make informed decisions about next steps in math learning. We will explore guidance for best practices in this unprecedented time to ensure students are receiving rigorous instruction and learn strategies for checking students’ learning needs with a variety of formative assessments. This program is intended for math teachers and instructional coaches in grades 3-8.



October 26, 2020 to October 28, 2020

  • Designed for grades 3-8

    Fraction work doesn’t have to be just another set of rules; students can experience true understandings of fractions. This program will help teachers develop strategies for teaching fractions that go beyond the rules. Teachers will collaborate to vertically align and make sense of problem-solving with fractions for conceptual understanding. Manipulatives and models will be explored that contribute to authentic understanding. In addition, teachers will experience how to use whole number properties when teaching fractions to develop deeper connections. This program is best designed for teachers in 3rd through 6th grades, teachers who work with exceptional children with this grade span content, as well as instructional coaches who work with math teachers.



October 26, 2020 to October 30, 2020

  • For grades 3-8

    Writing to read is a widely accepted educational method designed to encourage reading engagement and comprehension. Through the writing to learn process, students learn to understand how writing, thinking, and reading are interrelated. This program will provide participants with experiences for improving students’ ability to write about what they are reading and about writing processes involved with creating text. Participants will also research and review strategies for using writing to increase how much students read.

November 16, 2020 to November 20, 2020

  • If you are struggling to get boys to read, you’re not alone! Boys consistently score lower than girls on most indicators of reading proficiency. Exploring the social, psychological, and developmental reasons why boys lag behind girls provides many clues about the reading materials you can use in your classroom to capture the attention of your struggling male readers. Working within small groups of like-minded teachers, you will research and examine a wide variety of strategies you can take back to your classroom to boost literacy achievement among boys.


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