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Professional Development Programs: Designed for the Needs of Teachers

NCCAT's instructional programs reflect the broad range of unique professional development topics for public school teachers and other educators. Challenging formats, combined with professional learning communities, shape the NCCAT offerings. All programs incorporate relevant state standards. Seminar faculty model best practices for application to the 21st century classroom.

 

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Picture books are powerful and engaging texts that can help all elementary students succeed in language arts, math, science, social studies, and the arts. Picture books appeal to students of all reading levels and interests. Please join us as we discover discipline-specific and cross-curricular activities that illustrate how picture books can be used in your classroom. Participants will walk away with an enhanced knowledge of how to effectively use picture books, as well as a book or two to add to their classroom collection.  This program is designed for teachers in grades K-5.

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Canvas is a useful tool whether it s for fully online courses or to create modules for a blended teaching approach, but who has the time and support to craft great Canvas resources? This program will give teachers exactly that - the time and support needed to accomplish their Canvas design goals. Teachers will learn best practices for building lessons, assignments, discussions, and modules while being supported in their work. Come with ideas for lessons that need an online component. This course is designed for teachers in grades 6-12.

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Today s teachers face the challenge of how to ensure a positive school experience for their students, many of whom carry the burden of adverse childhood experiences. Spurred by the facilitator s personal experience and extensive exploration of brain-based learning, we will explore how brain science can be applied to social-emotional learning to create supportive classroom environments and improve outcomes for all students. This program is designed for all teachers and guidance counselors in grades K-12.

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In an increasingly digital world, we are inundated with media and information. Through literacy tools and activities, learn how to help students determine if a source is credible. Navigate and utilize digital literacy to understand grade-related science topics and expand their critical thinking skills.  Participants will explore the nature of science and author and personal bias, address common scientific misconceptions and take home templates and protocols to assist in guiding these conversations with students. Learn how to strengthen understanding of grades 5-12 science standards by weaving together hands-on lessons, research analysis and problem-solving. This session is also appropriate for all ELA, Humanities, and media teachers.

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How do we support students to read texts as a historian or as a political scientist? Join NCCAT to explore the world of disciplinary literacy. We will examine the types of texts used in social studies classrooms and develop plans to support students as they read and write through a social studies lens, providing deeper engagement in concepts. This session is designed for secondary social studies teachers and instructional coaches in grades 6-12.

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Canvas is a useful tool whether it s for fully online courses or to create modules for a blended teaching approach, but who has the time and support to craft great Canvas resources? This program will give teachers exactly that - the time and support needed to accomplish their Canvas design goals. Teachers will learn best practices for building lessons, assignments, discussions, and modules while being supported in their work. Come with ideas for lessons that need an online component. This course is designed for teachers in grades 6-12.

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Join NCCAT to learn how to personalize your classroom to accelerate learning and increase engagement to Rebound into the 2022-23 school year. Teachers will create lessons and resources that are standards-aligned and student-centered, modeling the philosophy of personalized learning. Teachers will engage in strategies to create learner profiles that focus on the whole child, working with student-centered data, and creating learning paths. Come ready to collaborate to provide avenues for student-voice and choice and strategies focused on flexible learning environments for student success.

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How can I integrate literacy strategies into my class when I do not 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 specialists areas. This program is designed specifically for teachers who teach art, music, and physical education in the elementary grades.

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Now more than ever, middle grades students need math classroom structures that honor their strengths and create problem-solving mindsets. Let s explore strategies that bring engagement and strengths-based teaching to the middle grades classroom. Sessions for this program will include authentic problem-solving strategies, number sense routines, and vocabulary instructional practices. This program is intended for math teachers in grades 5-8.

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Gather together and receive content support unique to the needs of elementary Music teachers. This program s topics include building advisory councils, classroom management, using props and puppets, designing meaningful transitions, collaboration, reflection, and building a peer network. Come ready a desire to grow from your strengths and leave with strategies you can implement in your classroom. This program is designed for K-5 music teachers.

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Badge three will focus on research-based number sense routines that support students’ reasoning skills. Join us as we explore routines that build understanding of number properties, contribute to fluency, and support math discussion, specifically in the high school classroom.

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Badge four will focus on problem-solving routines that embrace the eight mathematical practices to build a thinking classroom in the high school setting. Join us as we explore instructional approaches that engage students in problem-solving while empowering students to persevere.

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This session will focus on participants analyzing current research and best practices for effectively teaching reading comprehension strategies in the secondary classroom. Participants will apply new learning to create an implementation plan for teaching reading comprehension in their secondary classroom. Participants will learn effective instructional strategies for both analog and digital learning environments. 

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This session will focus on the connection between reading and writing, the cognitive skills required, and the implications for the secondary classroom. Participants will learn effective instructional strategies for both analog and digital learning environments. 

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Discover new ways to turn reading strategies into writing opportunities that deepen comprehension and extend student learning. This in-depth, interactive program will focus on the power of the teacher as the mentor model in exploring multiple tools for unlocking thinking in the classroom—through the process of uncovering your own writing life. Strategies will include the use of journal responses, writing as inquiry across the content areas, and the power of authentic interactions with poetry and prompts. This program is designed for teachers in grades K-3.

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