Admittedly, when Steve Johnson approached the DIF team about traveling to NCCAT for a week of group planning and professional development, I was unsure as to what to expect. In my eleven years of teaching in the state of North Carolina, I had only just heard about NCCAT for the first time last year.
The North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching has two campus locations, Cullowhee and Ocracoke. The program began in Cullowhee in 1986 and expanded to the east coast in 2007 with the addition of the Ocracoke campus. NCCAT’s purpose is to allow teachers to renew their love and enthusiasm for their profession by providing a space for teachers to grow professionally. The sessions are all about a week long and are completely free for teachers to take part in. While at NCCAT, you will stay in comfy dorm-like private rooms and eat some of the most delicious food ever, as all of your meals are also provided. The staff are most helpful, professional, and knowledgeable.
DIFs at NCCAT
The Digital Integration Facilitators had some pretty lofty things on the agenda to complete while at NCCAT. We were able to use their planning rooms to draft plans for the 2017 STEM Camp, Robotics Program planning at all age levels, added to the engineering thread we have implemented for elementary grades by adding middle school engineering projects, and collaborated within grade level groups to come up with other projects and ideas for extending engineering and STEM into all levels of Moore County Schools. Pretty exciting stuff to be on the lookout for in a classroom near you! I would say we all came away re-charged and excited about things to come in Moore County.
If you are interested in checking out NCCAT for yourself visit their website to see their offerings, click here. There are scholarships available to educators that need help paying for substitutes as well.