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July 1, 2021

  • When: July 1 - September 17, 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 third book will be Dr. Edith Eva Eger s The Choice. Eger, a Holocaust survivor, shares her extraordinary story in this inspiring testament of the human spirit s resilience and the power of choice in our lives. The Choice is more than a memoir; it is a powerful book that teaches readers how we can be imprisoned in our own minds and shows us how to find the key to freedom. Desmond Tutu states, "The Choice is a gift to humanity.  One of those rare and eternal stories that you don t want to end and that leave you forever changed."

    This online self-paced course will begin on July 1st and will run until September 17th. 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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July 6, 2021 to July 9, 2021

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

    "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."

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July 13, 2021 to July 16, 2021

  • Now more than ever, students need classroom cultures that value their strengths as learners and human beings. We know math classrooms should be places where all students are empowered to think as mathematicians on a daily basis, so how do we create these communities for students in our care? Join NCCAT to learn innovative strategies that build classroom cultures of active care and engage students in mathematics thinking. We will delve into the work of Krall (2018) and Jansen (2020) to reflect on our current classroom structures and learn new avenues to empower students. Sessions will focus on building classrooms focused on care, thinking and problem-solving, and study skills. Time will be included for teachers to write or revise their syllabus for the upcoming school year and put these new strategies to practice. Join us to create classroom cultures that teach the mindsets of mathematicians. This session is intended for math teachers in grades 4th through 9th and instructional coaches who work in secondary schools.

    For grades 4-9. This is a face-to-face program at our Cullowhee campus.

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    Developing and delivering high-quality core instruction is a major component of student success. What is high quality core instruction?  What does it look like in middle school classrooms? This program will explore the continuous school improvement framework focusing on instruction and the role of MTSS to support the needs of adolescent learners in the classroom. Participants will have the opportunity to develop strategies and routines to support adolescent learners starting on day 1 of the new school year. This program is intended for teachers in grades 4-9.
     

July 19, 2021 to July 23, 2021

  • Open to teachers in their first, second, or third year of teaching, this program supports motivated beginning teachers by strengthening their knowledge base and classroom expertise. Teachers will develop their craft by understanding how to teach to the depth of their standards and differentiating for multiple levels of learners. Beginning educators will also have the opportunities to refine their teaching philosophies and class expectations. Within this seminar, teachers will identify their most immediate needs for their classrooms, and time will be spent exploring solutions to those needs.

July 20, 2021

  • Caring for our students’ social-emotional health has become more important than ever. Join this virtual session to explore strategies that promote the social emotional health of your students and learn how to build cultures of care in your classrooms. Based on the work of Hemphill (2020) and Sprenger (2020), you will learn ways to acknowledge your students’ needs and build trust in your classrooms. Throughout this session, there will be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues across NC about this critical topic, as well as discuss ways to implement new strategies into your classroom. This session is intended for any K-12 teacher, instructional coach, or school leader.
     

July 21, 2021

  • Time: TBA

    NCCAT will hold a six-session series focused on a research-to-practice exploration of the foundational skills in early literacy. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom. Attend all six and earn an NCCAT literacy badge or attend individual sessions to deepen your own understanding of the building blocks of beginning reading. This class will focus on fluency. “Reading fluency has long been acknowledged as an essential skill that readers must develop to facilitate comprehension and motivate engagement in the act of reading” (Hasbrouck, 2019).
     

July 22, 2021

  • Time: TBA

    NCCAT will hold a six-session series focused on a research-to-practice exploration of the foundational skills in early literacy. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom.

    Attend all six and earn an NCCAT literacy badge or attend individual sessions to deepen your own understanding of the building blocks of beginning reading.

    This class will focus on vocabulary. Research is very clear on the importance of vocabulary to reading comprehension. In fact, “Vocabulary is the largest determinant of comprehension of language” (Biemiller 2015).

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July 27, 2021 to July 28, 2021

  • 9 am - 4 pm (Both days)

    For grades K-12. This is a virtual program.

    Join NCCAT for this two day virtual event to learn new instructional strategies and engage in round table sessions to discuss critical math topics. An array of sessions will be presented to strengthen your math instructional toolbox and provide opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from across NC. Leave ready to kick off the 2021-2022 school year with fresh ideas for your math classroom. This collaborative is intended for classroom teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-12. Session titles and descriptions will be available and emailed to registered participants three weeks prior to the event.

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July 27, 2021 to July 30, 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. Our work will include discovering the tenets of structured literacy to ensure all children have access to effective reading instruction. Please join us as we spend quality time looking closely into best instructional practices that support the Science of Reading.
     
  • 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. 

August 2, 2021 to August 5, 2021

  • As our students transition to Reading to Learn, we are often unsure how to support those who struggle with comprehension. Knowing how to identify reading deficiencies and provide necessary interventions is unknown territory for many late elementary and middle school teachers. Learn how to drill down and assess individual gaps in reading skills and the intervention strategies to help students become better readers. Focus on vocabulary strategies for building students’ word knowledge and access to difficult texts. Explore close reading and comprehension strategies for empowering students to think deeply about text. (Designed for teachers of grades 5–8)
     

August 3, 2021

  • Focusing on acceleration to grade-level learning is critical while planning for math instruction. How do we focus on students’ needs and plan lessons that provide access to grade-level concepts? Join this session to learn best practices for re-engaging students in prior learning for success with grade-level concepts. This virtual session will explain the guidance from NCTM among others and demonstrate a planning protocol that will empower teachers to design acceleration lessons with confidence. This virtual program is intended for math teachers and instructional coaches in grades 3-8.
     

August 4, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a six-session series focused on a research-to-practice exploration of the foundational skills in early literacy. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom.

    Attend all six and earn an NCCAT literacy badge or attend individual sessions to deepen your own understanding of the building blocks of beginning reading

    This class will focus on comprehension. “Reading comprehension is the act of understanding and interpreting the information within a text. It results from efficient decoding and the ability to understand language” (Gough & Tunmer, 1986).

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August 5, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a six-session series focused on a research-to-practice exploration of the foundational skills in early literacy. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom.

    Attend all six and earn an NCCAT literacy badge or attend individual sessions to deepen your own understanding of the building blocks of beginning reading. This class will focus on the connections between writing and reading. Writing directly benefits students reading skills. If you have students write about what they ve read or learned you will dramatically improve reading comprehension. There is a reciprocal relationship between reading and writing. Engagement and instruction in one results in improvement in the other.

August 6, 2021

  • Understanding that poverty does not define a student is critical when establishing classroom culture and we know now more than ever the importance of caring for our students’ social-emotional health. Based on the work of Gorski (2017), this session will build awareness about the research of families experiencing poverty and demystify poverty as a deficient culture. Additionally, using the work of Hemphill (2020) and Sprenger (2020), we will explore strategies that promote the social-emotional health of students and build cultures of care in our classrooms. Throughout the day, participants will have opportunities to collaborate about this critical topic with colleagues from across NC. This session is intended for any K-12 teacher, instructional coach, or school leader.
     

August 9, 2021 to August 11, 2021

  • Strengthen your math and literacy teaching strategies for early childhood learners. Join NCCAT for a collaborative program focused on best practices for literacy and math in the pre-K and kindergarten classrooms. Sessions will include conceptual strategies for counting, building number sense, alphabetic knowledge, and phonological awareness. These sessions will focus on foundational skills for reaching our beginning learners in both math and reading. Come ready to collaborate with pre-K and kindergarten colleagues from across NC and take back refreshed strategies for the 2021-2022 school year. This program is intended for classroom teachers in the pre-K and kindergarten classrooms.

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August 9, 2021 to August 12, 2021

  • The world of STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math—provides a rich environment that motivates children to want to learn more. Children often prefer reading about spiders and dinosaurs to fictional characters. STEM activities help students build vocabulary, incorporate problem-solving skills, and analyze complex text with real-world applications. Maximize classroom time by integrating literacy with the natural connections of STEM disciplines. Experience lessons that give students a desire to read, promote problem solving, and model strategies to cultivate reading comprehension. Join us as we make messes, break things, and create minds-on STEM learning environments.

August 9, 2021 to August 13, 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.

August 30, 2021 to September 2, 2021

  • Supporting the practices of instructional coaches is critical in NC schools. This program will prepare coaches for this ever-changing profession. Throughout the week, coaches will learn strategies to strengthen relationships with teachers, facilitate meaningful collaboration, and give effective feedback. Sessions will include best practices for having critical conversations and establishing productive professional learning communities with students’ success in mind. Join NCCAT to learn and collaborate with instructional coaches from across NC. This program is designed for K-12 instructional coaches.
     

September 7, 2021 to September 10, 2021

  • Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and NCCAT as we look at ways to enhance student literacy skills through the natural world. Take a critical look at the human connection with nature through American literary greats. Learn to use nature journaling as a tool to motivate your students and improve their writing. Study the environment and participate in citizen science projects using informational texts and digital tools. Discover ways to sharpen your students’ skills in reading, writing, and researching through the natural world.

September 13, 2021 to September 17, 2021

  • Our physical, psychological, and emotional wellbeing are interconnected. Through experiential lessons learn  about the latest research on the connection between our environment and our genetics. Participants will study light, circadian rhythms, genetics, body systems, macromolecules, and more found in science standards grades 3—12. Literacy, science, and social studies will be featured in our activities as we discover how to make science standards applicable to our students’ lives. 

September 27, 2021 to September 30, 2021

  • Writing well allows students to process and organize their thoughts and feelings and to communicate effectively with a range of audiences. Writing well is also one of the most difficult skills to teach, and many find the task overwhelming. The grading alone taxes the commitment of even the best of our profession. In this program, we will examine ways to write and how best to introduce various writing techniques to your students while providing useful, timely feedback. Participants will have the opportunity to practice writing, receive and give feedback, and collaborate on best practices for supporting adolescent writers. 

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  • Integrate STEAM into the elementary classroom by teaching a growth mindset through literacy and picture books. Learn the basics of teaching a growth mindset and the fundamentals of STEAM integration. Discuss ways to improve student learning by exploring and developing hands-on STEAM lessons that are directly aligned with ELA standards and focus on specific picture books. 

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 and will run until September 17th. 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.

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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