Raleigh School Finds Time at NCCAT Valuable
CULLOWHEE—Seven members of the Research Triangle High School faculty recently worked on personalized learning plans at the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching, a recognized national leader in professional development programming for teachers.
“The time at NCCAT was very important,” said Deborah Brown, the North Carolina Charter School Teacher of the Year. “We had the chance to reimagine courses and do it in uninterrupted time that you usually don’t have. Teaching can be isolating at times when you in are in a box doing your own things so to have the time to come here and talk with others is very valuable. We even had time to talk with teachers who were here for another program at NCCAT, which provided even more resources.”
Digital Arts teacher John Wood found the time during the week at NCCAT extremely helpful.
“Like all teachers with classes during the day the time to come here and focus is really helpful,” Wood said. “It really helps to focus in an environment like this.”
Collaboration was another key advantage to the time in Cullowhee, according to teacher Jessica Warren.
“It was great to have everyone right here where we didn’t have to schedule around a typical work day and if we needed to talk about an idea or concept we could do it right here,” Warren said.
Members of the Research Triangle High School who attended were: Deborah Brown, Jessica Ginnochio, Jessie Howington, Garrett Pederson, Darcy Turner, Jessica Warren and John Wood.
Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education. NCCAT provides teachers with new knowledge, skills, teaching methods, best practices and information to take back to their classrooms. For more information about NCCAT’s professional development programs, visit www.nccat.org or call 828-293-5202.