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March 2, 2020 to March 5, 2020

  • 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.

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  • Designed for teachers of grades 4—12

    Students are engaged when they are involved in their work, persist despite challenges and obstacles, and take visible delight in their accomplishments. Solving student engagement issues is complex. What works in one class may be a failure in the next, with every year presenting new challenges for engaging students in various lessons. This program will review and evaluate strategies for motivating disengaged students and will prepare you to implement them upon your return to the classroom.

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March 6, 2020

  • Housing available for Thursday night

    NCCAT will hold a five-session series to enable teachers to earn an NCCAT Literacy Badge. Attend all five and earn a badge or attend individual sessions of your choice. In order to promote student understanding of concepts of print, alphabetic knowledge, application of the alphabetic principle, and basic conventions of our writing system the foundational skills for reading must be understood and taught in depth by our teachers. The five sessions will comprise a study of the building blocks of literacy for success in beginning reading. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom.

    (March 6; 15224) Phonics—The understanding of the systematic and predictable relationships between written letters and spoken sounds—which directly impacts children’s ability to read words both in isolation and in connected text.

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March 9, 2020 to March 11, 2020

  • How can charter school teachers build networks of support for schools, staff, and students? With each charter school operating as an independent LEA, how do we form communities with other charter school educators to share best practices and increase community support? Explore how teachers can better advocate for their specific school and charters in general and how to develop your own leadership style to help support school initiatives. Learn best practices in connecting students to digital learning and student leadership development through exploring personalized, project-based and flipped learning. Discuss ways to model these practices in your schools. Using a “make and take” model, participants will have time to develop a communication or networking plan, digital lessons, and project-based modules to share with your school.

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March 11, 2020 to March 14, 2020

  • The Gathering is open to teachers who have participated in NCCAT’s “Teaching the Holocaust” program. Participation in comparable intensive Holocaust education programs will be considered.

    NCCAT’s Holocaust Education Program works to promote Holocaust education in North Carolina public schools. It is important to continue our efforts to promote student understanding of the ways in which our individual and collective actions shape the direction of the present and the world of the future. Join fellow alumni of our Holocaust education program as we explore teaching the Holocaust through writing and literature with various genres, including personal narrative/memoir, biography, poetry, music, art, and film. This program will help teachers focus on the power of individuals’ personal stories as an effective vehicle for teaching about the Holocaust, so they may involve students in appropriate and powerful study of this difficult topic.

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March 16, 2020 to March 19, 2020

  • MTSS (Multi—Tiered System of Supports) is the umbrella under which all educational practices fall. It has two main pillars: RtI (Responsiveness to Instruction/Intervention) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports). These two areas incorporate all academic and behavioral learning. What have we learned from the experts over the past decades? What does the research tell us about optimal teaching behaviors that equate to maximum learning outcomes? How can we change our behavior to ensure positive and thriving student behaviors? This program is intended to offer the big picture - the major areas that will yield the biggest impact, some of the latest research, as well as practical implementation suggestions and resources. Plan to leave with ideas, resources, and a game plan for your classroom and possibly your school!

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  • It’s time to start thinking outside the box! Teachers often think projects take too much time to plan or don’t know how to align them with curriculum. Project-Based Learning Units (PBLs) are an effective and enjoyable way to learn that allow students to work as a team, reflect, ask questions, build confidence, work with a purpose, problem solve, and learn time management. Investigate essential questions, unit questions, and content questions that will enable you to develop your own PBL unit. Return to your classroom with a PBL unit you create that will excite and engage your students as they claim ownership of their learning.

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March 20, 2020

  • Housing available for Thursday night

    NCCAT will hold a five-session series to enable teachers to earn an NCCAT Literacy Badge. Attend all five and earn a badge or attend individual sessions of your choice. In order to promote student understanding of concepts of print, alphabetic knowledge, application of the alphabetic principle, and basic conventions of our writing system the foundational skills for reading must be understood and taught in depth by our teachers. The five sessions will comprise a study of the building blocks of literacy for success in beginning reading. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom.

    (March 20; 15231) Fluency—The ability to read a text accurately, quickly and with expression—as a bridge between word recognition and comprehension.

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March 23, 2020 to March 26, 2020

  • This program is for teachers grades 3-8.

    We interact with coding and robotics every hour of every day without even thinking about it yet how often do we integrate programming and robotics into our content standards? Not all of our students will go into a STEM or Computer Science field. It is still extremely important, however, that we provide students with experiences in programming in order to strengthen their creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. Learn how to do basic coding, explore various types of robots (including Dash, Sphero, Botley, Ozobots, Vex IQ, and EV3), and gain an understanding of how to integrate coding and robotics into your content curriculum.

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  • Designed for teachers of grades 4—8

    We know problem-solving is not just about finding solutions to word problems. Engaging students in authentic problem-solving is an essential part of math instruction. Develop strategies and mindsets that empower students to problem-solve through tasks. Learn best practices for creating tasks, scaffolding, and grouping students for success.

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March 30, 2020 to April 2, 2020

  • Designed for teachers of grades 5–8.

    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.

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  • Our public schools are encountering a multicultural diversity challenge. Minority students (and all students) need to see positive verbal and visual images of children like themselves in the books they read. When children see themselves in books, they are motivated to read more books and read more often. It can increase self-esteem and make them feel part of the larger society. Reading literature about people from other cultures can increase sensitivity to those who are different from themselves, improve their knowledge of the world, and help them realize that although people have many differences, they also share many similarities. Learn to identify and evaluate books and online literacy resources that you can use to build a positive classroom. Become familiar with grants and other sources you can use to acquire resources. We also will explore strategies for involving parents in multicultural literacy programs.

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April 6, 2020 to April 9, 2020

  • Designed for teachers wiwth access to Google Classroom.

    Google Classroom combines Drive, Docs, and Gmail for creating and collecting paperless assignments. Teachers can manage assignments, communicate with students, and “flip” instruction, all in one convenient place. Instant feedback can be provided, and students’ progress can be tracked in order to improve performance. Learn how to use Google Classroom to organize your lessons and begin creating assignments using Google Apps.

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  • Supporting the practices of instructional coaches is critical in NC schools. This program will empower coaches to be ready for this ever-changing profession. Coaches will articulate their coaching beliefs and learn strategies to strengthen relationships. We will focus on having critical conversations and establishing productive Professional Learning Communities with students’ success in mind.

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April 14, 2020 to April 17, 2020

  • Designed for teachers of grades 4―12.

    The statistics are consistent: young male readers lag behind their female counterparts in literacy skills. In many instances, the reading scores of boys bring down the reading scores for the entire school. Explore the social, psychological, and developmental reasons why boys lag behind girls. Identify reading materials you can use in your classroom to capture and keep the attention of your struggling readers. Experience a variety of instructional methods such as text selection designed for boys, contests and competitions, focus reading groups, and the latest websites and blogs to boost literacy achievement. Discover solutions to capture the attention of reluctant male readers.

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  • A wealth of research supports the hypothesis that physical activity can boost comprehension, retention, and self-regulation in students of all achievement levels. Teachers who build movement into their lesson designs will have students who are less disruptive and more engaged. Teachers will learn a variety of strategies for integrating instruction with physical activity, but not at the expense of intellectual rigor. Armed with a collection of techniques you can use immediately, design and create your own physically and mentally active lessons.

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April 20, 2020 to April 23, 2020

  • This program is for teachers in grades K-8

    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. While focusing on the standards, learn how to STEMify your classroom to enhance student’s innovative thinking.

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  • Designed for teachers of grades 3—6

    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. Hands-on time with manipulatives and models will be included to explore these strategies. In addition, teachers will experience how to use whole number properties when teaching fractions to develop deeper connections.

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April 27, 2020 to April 30, 2020

  • Explore disciplinary literacy and what it means to read, write, speak, listen, and think critically within any content area. Through the use of online tools such as online sticky notes, journal writing, and mind maps, investigate literacy within the disciplines. Create new lessons or update current ones with digital tools that will make your lessons come to life and deepen your students’ knowledge of disciplinary literacy.

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  • Educators have a responsibility to effectively integrate new technologies into the curriculum, preparing students for a future we have yet to imagine. Discover how to create learning experiences that take your students from being consumers to creators of digital content. Help your students evaluate and analyze appropriate resources most beneficial to their success as creators. In this hands-on, make-and-take program, you will use free/inexpensive digital tools to create project examples that can be incorporated into your classroom. You will use multiple apps in conjunction (app-smashing) to create a final product. Seamlessly integrate applications to make standards-based learning fun and interactive.

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May 1, 2020

  • Housing available for Thursday night

    NCCAT will hold a five-session series to enable teachers to earn an NCCAT Literacy Badge. Attend all five and earn a badge or attend individual sessions of your choice. In order to promote student understanding of concepts of print, alphabetic knowledge, application of the alphabetic principle, and basic conventions of our writing system the foundational skills for reading must be understood and taught in depth by our teachers. The five sessions will comprise a study of the building blocks of literacy for success in beginning reading. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom.

    (May 1; 15251) Robust vocabulary―The listening, speaking, reading and writing components needed for beginning reading success.

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May 4, 2020 to May 7, 2020

  • The NC Math Standards emphasize developing conceptual understandings through modeling and application. With this understanding, teachers need to renew their math craft with opportunities for collaboration and strategic planning. Develop strategies for student success by delving into the NC standards and instructional frameworks, learning new critical thinking skills, and exploring resources.

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  • Prerequisite: Must have a MakerSpace in your classroom or school. This is a level 2 program.

    Many schools are jumping on the Maker Movement bandwagon and are creating MakerSpaces and Maker Carts for students and teachers to use. However, often times we put things in place and then ask ourselves, now what? In this program, teachers will have an opportunity to explore what is next for our MakerSpaces while keeping an equitable lens in mind. We will focus on how to create an environment that allows all students to work collaboratively in order to create innovative projects that are tied to content standards.

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May 4, 2020 to May 8, 2020

  • 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 report higher scores on standardized testing in English and math. We will examine research on the “nature deficit disorder” as we develop and share plans for connecting literacy and nature. Developing green spaces for learning often requires additional resources. There will be time to research and evaluate several small grant opportunities for addressing these needs as we explore the rationale for exposing students to nature. Our overall aim is for participants to discover strategies and resources for connecting literacy activities to green spaces in and around their schools.

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May 11, 2020 to May 14, 2020

  • Discover and participate in literature circles, create a blog, and learn about the importance of discussion in the classroom through book talks and Paideia seminars. We will explore how to advance and deepen understanding of text and how to promote the critical interpretation of diverse ideas. The North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the North Carolina Digital Learning Competencies will serve as the underpinning for all activities.

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  • Designed for teachers of grades 6–12.

    It can be a struggle for career and technical education teachers to find appropriate resources to engage their students when designing their courses to fit the 16 Career Clusters and 79 related pathways that are a part of the CTE essential standards. Join CTE experts as we investigate digital resources, community partnerships, and strategies that provide enhanced instruction across the multiple curriculums in this field. Create lessons that enrich and extend these standards. Explore the policies and best practices of CTE education and how they can help launch students for success in a broad range of occupations and career specialties.

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May 11, 2020 to May 15, 2020

  • As the English Learner population in North Carolina continues to increase, effective teachers must adapt their instruction to meet the needs of this diverse and dynamic group of students. This program will focus on understanding who English Learners are and identifying and meeting their unique needs in the regular classroom. We will explore common classroom teacher concerns, myths surrounding the second language acquisition process, factors that impact that process, the best research-based instructional practices, and the modification of classroom instruction and assessment. Teachers will work to apply these principles to their own lesson plans for immediate classroom application and implementation.

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May 15, 2020

  • Housing available for Thursday night

    NCCAT will hold a five-session series to enable teachers to earn an NCCAT Literacy Badge. Attend all five and earn a badge or attend individual sessions of your choice.In order to promote student understanding of concepts of print, alphabetic knowledge, application of the alphabetic principle, and basic conventions of our writing system the foundational skills for reading must be understood and taught in depth by our teachers. The five sessions will comprise a study of the building blocks of literacy for success in beginning reading. Effective instruction in these fundamental components holds the key to life-long learning for every child in your classroom.

    (May 15; 15258) Comprehension—The essence of reading—and the purposeful strategies needed to ensure readers have the tools for making meaning every day.

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May 18, 2020 to May 21, 2020

  • Supporting the practices of instructional coaches is critical in NC schools. This program will empower coaches to be ready for this ever-changing profession. Coaches will articulate their coaching beliefs and learn strategies to strengthen relationships. We will focus on having critical conversations and establishing productive Professional Learning Communities with students’ success in mind.

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May 18, 2020 to May 22, 2020

  • Designed for teachers of grades K—3

    In order for students to become globally competitive, it is imperative students receive a good foundation in literacy instruction. With new challenges facing teachers each day, this task can be daunting. Examine key aspects of the Read to Achieve legislation to ensure alignment in your classroom and school with research-based strategies and best practices. See how to “fit it all in” by integrating literacy across the curriculum. Learn how to effectively maintain a progress monitoring assessment schedule. Use data to develop engaging lessons that foster a love for reading while still teaching foundational skills. Develop a reading and writing environment that is welcoming and inviting to students of all developmental levels.

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June 8, 2020 to June 11, 2020

  • Collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity—the 4 Cs—are critical components of the digital learning competencies that support and enhance student learning and success for our global society. Google Classroom teachers can integrate the 4 Cs into their instruction when they incorporate a variety of Google Apps for Education and digital tools in their lesson design. What are the best “Apps” and “tools” to use? How can you embed the digital competencies in lessons using Google Classroom? In this program, Google Classroom teachers will build their repertoire of skills by learning about and using a variety of Google Apps for education and tools that foster seamless communication, encourage collaboration among students, promote critical thinking, and, support student creativity—the 4 Cs.

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June 8, 2020 to June 12, 2020

  • In years past, the school librarian was expected to build well-rounded library collections and to be an effective circulator and manager of resources. Today’s library media specialist takes an active role in instructional programs, serving not only as program administrator and information specialist, but also as teacher, instructional partner, and resource specialist. Focus will be on strategies library media specialists can use to develop a collaborative teaching role that supports literacy across the curriculum. We will also explore technology tools and digital resources that can be used to improve students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

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June 15, 2020 to June 18, 2020

  • This program is for teachers who teach math in grades K-5.

    We know that success with math concepts begins with strong number sense, so how do we build number fluency in the elementary grades? This program will explore the number sense progressions for the elementary grades including counting, addition and subtraction, and fractions to foster strong number sense. In addition, we will develop strategies that build students’ number fluency and reasoning skills when solving math problems. Strategies included in the program are facilitating number talks, and the three reads strategy, along with other classroom tips for developing students’ math fluency.

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  • This program will dive into ways to integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) into the NC PreK and Kindergarten classroom. Learn what STEAM looks like developmentally and discuss the importance of introducing it to young students. Explore hands-on STEAM lessons that can easily be integrated into standards, content domains and goals.

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June 15, 2020 to June 19, 2020

  • Expand your literacy tool kit with strategies for motivating young reluctant readers. In this program, we will explore three powerful motivations that drive student reading: (1) interest, (2) dedication, and (3) confidence. An interested student reads because they enjoy it; a dedicated student reads because they believe it is important, and a confident student reads because they can do it. This program will examine classroom-ready tips to get young readers interested and excited about reading. Learn the value of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in today's classroom and discover strategies for your literacy tool kit.
     

June 29, 2020 to July 2, 2020

  • The widespread adoption of Learning Management Systems and 1:1 laptop initiatives means teachers have opportunities to blend the best of traditional instruction and online learning. Professional learning in online lesson design and blended teaching strategies helps teachers plan and build engaging online lessons designed to enhance traditional instruction. Teachers in this program will develop lessons created to stand on their own, either for initial learning or for quick recovery. Participants will learn the evolving best practices for online learning and put that learning into practice by creating effective lessons to engage student learners.

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  • Modeling Instruction provides professional development in secondary science through a research-based, reform-oriented pedagogy. Modeling helps correct the many weaknesses of the lecture-demonstration method found in many classrooms, including the fragmentation of knowledge, student passivity, and the persistence of naive beliefs about the physical world. Scientists learn by doing; they construct and deploy models of the real world and test their ability to predict new phenomena. The student-centered Modeling classroom focuses on turning students into scientists to replicate this process. This program will introduce teachers to the instructional methods and units in Modeling Biology.

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  • Visual literacy relates to the language of art—how it is organized, and how it is used to communicate as a language of its own. It relates to all aspects of becoming “art literate,” including an understanding of how the Elements of Art and Principles of Design are used for personal expression and for communication through art. In art, visual literacy encompasses the application of creative thinking skills while solving artistic problems. In this program, art teachers will learn how to encompass the use of digital resources to enhance instruction of visual literacy and safety in the art classroom. Art teachers will explore a variety of digital tools in order to create Hyper Docs, ePortfolios, and video/audio products.

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