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May 3, 2021 to May 6, 2021

  • Do you either have an underutilized makerspace or are thinking of developing a makerspace? Are you finding that your STEM efforts are not generating the kind of interdisciplinary joy and wonder of learning that you see at other schools? Have you considered exploring authentic PBL instead of just “doing projects?” This workshop will answer these questions and more by providing middle and high school teachers the opportunity for a deep dive into the intersection of each of these proven strategies that drive relevance, engagement, and deeper learning. Find out how you can leverage the power of an active learning environment in your own classroom and school – one that amplifies the best traditions of progressive, constructivist education and depends more on a mindset of problem solving and sustained inquiry and less on expensive equipment and technology.

May 3, 2021 to May 7, 2021

  • The Covid-19 pandemic forced educators to suddenly pivot to new ways of teaching and reaching students. Now that we’ve all had those shared experiences, how can we take the best of both digital and in-person learning to create equitable and engaging classrooms? Each participant will design makeovers of their favorite lessons, using techniques like flipped classes and project-based learning to blend the best of both worlds. We will also develop frameworks for advocating for change in the classroom to support equity work. This hands-on session will give educators make-and-take products to help merge the best practices of digital and in-person learning to better reach all students.

May 3, 2021

  • When: May 3-June 30

    Thank you for joining us for our second book talk this year! 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 second book will be Emmanuel Acho s Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man. Acho states that the only way to cure our nation of racism is by talking to one another. Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man connects Acho s own experience with race and racism with the lessons of history, culture, and the wisdom of other black voices. This book helps readers have conversations to increase their understanding and help eradicate racism.

    As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Join us on our book study as we listen, learn, and grow together.

    This online self-paced course will begin on May 3rd and will run until June 30th. 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. 

    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

May 7, 2021

  • For grades K-5. This is a face-to-face program at the NCCAT Cullowhee campus.

    NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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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May 10, 2021 to May 13, 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 coaching 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.

May 10, 2021 to May 14, 2021

  •  As teachers, it is our responsibility to give the next generation of global citizens the tools they need to understand climate change issues. Join The Science House, Catawba College, and the NC State Climate Office in Ocracoke for an exciting week delving into the science of climate change. We will be utilizing tools and protocols developed by scientists to look at changes occurring on the island due to the pressures of a shifting climate. These tools can be used to help you build and implement an engaging, inquiry-based unit to deepen student learning of climate science wherever you may teach in NC.Explore the island's delicate ecosystems to collect and analyze data, connect with climate and environmental scientists, and enhance your teacher toolbox!

May 14, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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).

    • Fri. May 14 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. May 21 VIrtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. May 28 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

     

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May 17, 2021 to May 20, 2021

  • Blended learning offers teachers the opportunity to reimagine teaching and learning. Teachers can partner with their students to assess, track, and reflect on learning. With integrated face-to-face and online learning experiences, students can dive deeper into a book and see connections to other subject areas.

    Using the learning management system of your choice, teachers will add content for online as well as face-to-face lessons to have a true blended learning experience. Redesigning how books are presented and read to students in a blended learning classroom encourages students to take ownership of their learning journeys. It also allows teachers to feel energized and effective in hooking students into reading.

    This program will offer a different way to introduce, read, and analyze books with students. Book immersion includes a full experience with the content including connections, application and creation of content. Attendees will participate in a book immersion and learn how to develop one for their area of study.

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  • 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.

May 21, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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).

    • Fri. May 14 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. May 21 VIrtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. May 28 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

     

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May 24, 2021 to May 27, 2021

  • 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.
     

May 24, 2021 to May 28, 2021

  • Designed for FCS teachers teaching the CMH I-II courses for students in grades 9-12.



    Develop an understanding for the critical science approach in counseling and mental health. Learn how to integrate the critical science systems of action into classroom instruction to help students develop the critical thinking skills to find resolutions to the mental health perennial problem. Build an instructional action plan for integrating the critical science approach into counseling and mental health instruction.

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May 28, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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).



    • Fri. May 14 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. May 21 VIrtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. May 28 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

     

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June 4, 2021

  • For grades K-5. This is a face-to-face program at NCCAT Cullowhee campus.

    NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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).

     

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

  • NCCAT will hold a five-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 five and earn an NCCAT literacy badge or attend individual sessions to deepen your own understanding of the building blocks of beginning reading. Attend all five 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).

    • Fri. June 4 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. June 11 VIrtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. June 25 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

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June 11, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a five-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 five and earn an NCCAT literacy badge or attend individual sessions to deepen your own understanding of the building blocks of beginning reading. Attend all five 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).

    • Fri. June 4 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. June 11 VIrtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

    • Fri. June 25 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)

     

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June 16, 2021

  • Time: TBA
     
    NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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 Phonological Awareness. Phonological Awareness is critical for learning to read any alphabetic writing system (Ehri, 2004; Rath, 2001; Troia, 2004). There are several well-established lines of argument for the importance of phonological skills to reading and spelling.
     

June 17, 2021

  • Time: TBA
     
    NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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 phonics. Phonics instruction teaches children how to decode letters into their respective sounds, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves. Most words are in fact unfamiliar to early readers in print, even if they have spoken knowledge of the word. Having letter-sound knowledge will allow children to make the link between the unfamiliar print words to their spoken knowledge.
     

June 25, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a five-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 five and earn an NCCAT literacy badge or attend individual sessions to deepen your own understanding of the building blocks of beginning reading. Attend all five 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).

    • Fri. June 4 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
    • Fri. June 11 VIrtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
    • Fri. June 25 Virtual 2 hours (3:00 - 5:00 PM)
     

June 28, 2021 to July 2, 2021

  • MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) is the umbrella under which all educational practices fall. It has four main pillars: Attendance; Behavior; Academics, and; SEL (Social Emotional Learning). What have we learned from the experts over the past decades? What are we continuing to learn from disequities highlighted by the pandemic? How can we use this research to create optimal teaching behaviors that equate to maximum learning outcomes? And how can we change OUR professional practices to ensure positive and thriving student behaviors?

    This program is intended to offer the big picture - the major actions 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 school teams!

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June 29, 2021 to July 2, 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 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.

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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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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 21, 2021

  • Time: TBA

    NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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 five-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 five 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).

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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.
     

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 4, 2021

  • NCCAT will hold a five-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 five 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).

    CLICK HERE TO APPLY

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 five 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 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 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.
     

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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