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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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Join NCCAT to explore the components of the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and create compelling inquiry opportunities for students. We will focus on developing supporting questions, gathering and evaluating sources, and using evidence to develop claims in the social studies classroom. This session is designed for social studies teachers in grades 6-8.

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The work of instructional coaching is a dynamic part of school communities. Supporting coaching cultures where students are at the center is an essential part of this work. Join NCCAT to embrace the components of student-centered coaching. Throughout the week, we will learn coaching moves that create opportunities for professional growth, putting student learning at the forefront. Sessions will include models for co-teaching moves, providing strengths-based feedback, and high impact instructional strategies. Time will be spent collaborating with coaches from across NC, learning new ways to connect with teachers and their classrooms. This program is intended for K-12 instructional coaches. 

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The practice of formative assessment involves providing ongoing student feedback  and adjusting the teaching approach in response to students’ needs. During this program, we will explore how to meet the goals of formative assessment. There are strong practices we can embed in our everyday instruction, and intentional ways we can use the formative outcomes to plan well-designed supports for our students. Please bring a unit of study (or two!) that could benefit from a powerful boost of formative assessments to maximize your students’ learning. This program is intended for K-12 classroom teachers.

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Standards-Referenced Grading is an equitable grading system helping to determine what students know while empowering them to be active participants in their learning. This one-day program will explore the four main components of Standard-Referenced Grading. Participants will prioritize standards, write proficiency scales, and analyze formative assessments to scaffold and accelerate learning. Whether you are wanting to learn more about prioritizing standards or are ready to implement standards-referenced grading, join this program to learn more. While this program will focus on math standards, other subjects will be explored as needed. This program is intended for teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders in grades K-8.

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Opportunities to work with students in small groups creates new math understandings and builds fluency. Join this program to focus on essential components of small group instruction including facilitating math running records and strategies to develop conceptual understanding and fluency. This comprehensive program will explore workshop models and include how to create math playlists and choice boards so students can make the most of their time in the workshop block. Time will be included for teachers to collaborate and develop lessons for their classrooms. This program is intended for teachers and instructional coaches in grades K-5.

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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.

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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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Students in the 21st century classroom need multiple opportunities to interact with content and their peers in meaningful and impactful ways. By utilizing academic discourse strategies,educators become facilitators of the curriculum while students increase ownership of their own learning. This Focus Friday session will provide low-prep, easy to use strategies that educators can implement in any lesson to support positive student interactions.Participants will leave with an academic discourse toolkit that will support student discussion, critical thinking, and collaborative learning.

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When teachers know and begin to understand how the brain learns, they can better serve their students, thus increasing positive behavior and academic performance. Understanding the science behind how we are hard wired to learn is empowering for educators. There is a strong relationship between the brain, SEL, and learning. The frontal lobe houses the structures where most brain activity occurs when people care about each other, trust each other, and want to be friends. It is also home to our executive control function, where we make decisions, process information, and learn. Through a combination of interactive lecture, practical activities, and meaningful movement, you will leave with the skills, understanding, and knowledge needed to become an awesome brain-based educator. This course is for grades K-12.

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MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) is the framework where all educational practices fall. What have we learned from the experts over the past decades, as well as from disrupted learning during the pandemic? And how can we change our professional practices to ensure positive and thriving student behaviors?  This program offers the big picture -  major actions that will yield a big impact including optimal teaching behaviors,  practical implementation, suggestions and resources. Plan to leave with ideas, resources, and a game plan for your classroom. This program is intended for K-5 teachers.

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Join NCCAT to explore the components of the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) and create compelling inquiry opportunities for students. We will focus on developing supporting questions, gathering and evaluating sources, and using evidence to develop claims in the social studies classroom.This session is designed for social studies teachers in grades 3-5.

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The aim of this program is to gain an understanding of the precursors, events, and consequences of the Holocaust and to grapple with the problem of how best to convey this history and the meaning that it can have in the lives and civic practices of our students. To accomplish this goal, we will explore the exhibits and other resources of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Participants will meet our bus at predetermined locations across the state and then journey together to Washington for this intensive week. Under the guidance of museum staff and teacher fellows, we will study in the museum which has earned an international reputation for the quality of its contents, presentations, architecture, and technology. This program is for educators involved or interested in teaching about the Holocaust to students eleven years of age and older. Please note, two participants will lodge in a hotel room. Additionally, participants must be physically able to walk up to 1 mile over level ground, stand for extended periods, and ride up to 8 hours on an excursion bus without detriment to their health. Five days of substitute teacher costs are covered. Applicants must exhibit a seriousness of interest in the subject matter as expressed in an essay that is reviewed by NCCAT staff as a part of the application process. Please complete the essay using the comments section of the application. This program is designed for educators teaching students in 6th through 12th grade.

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With growing demands on both teachers and students, the role of library media specialists and instructional technology facilitators as instructional support is more important than ever. These individuals serve as program administrators, teachers, instructional partners, and resource specialists. By working together, teachers in these roles can further their reach and enhance student learning. In this session, focus will be on strategies that media specialists and instructional technology facilitators can use to develop a collaborative teaching role that supports traditional and digital literacy across the curriculum. We will also explore technology tools and digital resources that can be used to grow students’ skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening and program advocacy.

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