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September, 2014

03 Sep

Are you "game" for gamification?

From NCCAT Director of Programming Dr. Jonathan Wade - An example of gamification in Higher Education. Ivanhoe is a Wordpress blog based "game" that can be customized for multiple subject matter areas. If any of you are "game" to try, I'd love to hear about it.

Click here for the link to the blog.

Let us know if you are game for gamification with a comment below!

05 Sep

Education law question answers

NCCAT will be hosting "Legal Information for Teachers" Sept. 19-21 in Cullowhee. The conference will examine law that supports and protects students and teachers, and explore avenues for avoiding and resolves conflict between teachers, parents, students, administrators, and school staff. Administrators are welcome and encouraged to apply and to bring a team from their school(s).

Topic will include:

Ethics, Morals and Laws

Teacher Employment Issues

Cyberlaw/Cloud Computing/Cell Phones

Teacher Ethics

Technology and Social Media

08 Sep

Coming up - Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction will sponsor the fifth annual Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement (CCSA) on March 30-April 1, 2015 in Greensboro. The CCSA reflects the Agency’s efforts to accommodate some of the economic challenges experienced by schools and communities by providing a multi-faceted professional development opportunity for educators and education stakeholders. This conference is designed to consolidate several conferences into one by merging the Accountability, Safe Schools, and Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps conferences.

10 Sep

Daylong Programs begin at NCCAT

We're excited about a new way to connect with teachers that started this week in NCCAT in Cullowhee. At NCCAT we know that the beginning of the year is one of the worst times to be out of your classroom for an entire week. Yet this is also the best time to implement new instructional and managerial strategies. In an effort to provide just-in-time professional development opportunities that create minimal scheduling stress for as many teachers as possible, we are offering a complement of one-day sessions:

11 Sep

Welcome to Cullowhee - UNC Board of Governors

NCCAT welcomes University of North Carolina policymakers to Western Carolina University and Cullowhee! Glad to have them across the street to our main campus in Western North Carolina.

15 Sep

Research and Development Team Programs

This program offers educators the remarkable opportunity to meet in a residential setting devoid of distraction to create and advance departmental, school, and district-wide projects. These projects might consist of new programming, research, planning, or curricula. Teachers, administrators, central office personnel, or district coordinators are encouraged to form a team. Contact us today to find out more.

Upcoming Research and Development Teams Offerings

18 Sep

The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Offers Fully Online Programming

NCCAT is proud to announce another option for teachers who are seeking new skills and understanding. As an extension of our face-to-face programming and our current focus on Digital Learning and Early Grades Literacy, NCCAT will be rolling out a series of self-contained mini-courses that are designed to be immediately helpful for teachers who are seeking new knowledge. These courses will be hosted on the NCCAT Online Learning Portal and are open to any North Carolina public or public charter school teachers at no cost to you or your school.

19 Sep

From the Executive Director

Greetings from NCCAT! I wanted to let you know about some current NCCAT efforts and what is ahead.

First, we are extremely thankful for your support and the General Assembly action to return NCCAT to recurring status in the state budget. It is a vital step in NCCAT moving forward and continuing to provide high-quality professional development for the teachers of North Carolina.

22 Sep

Smoky Mountain News: NCCAT leaders breathing easier

The Smoky Mountain News recently featured NCCAT: "Dr. Richard Thompson is breathing a bit easier this semester. He’s not worrying about funding. Not wondering if the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching will slip into the abyss. It was a breath-holding summer for Thompson and his staff in Cullowhee. But since the General Assembly decided during its short session to include money in the state budget to continue funding the teaching center, its executive director is all smiles. “We’re really excited about that,” Thompson said.

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