Bruce B. Henderson: NCCAT aids teachers

June 13, 2013 

NCCAT aids teachers

True innovations in education are rare indeed. Effective ones are even rarer. For the past 28 years, North Carolina has had one in the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching. A model for efforts in other states, NCCAT’s instructional programs have had positive outcomes disproportionate to the costs of the program.

Two major effects of NCCAT on teachers are clear. One is the intellectual stimulation that teachers report receiving in NCCAT experiences. The other major effect reflects the unique ability of the NCCAT experience to motivate teachers to remain in the teaching profession.

NCCAT is one of our state’s jewels. This year only the State House included NCCAT in its budget. As our state senators and representatives negotiate a budget together, surely the continued support of NCCAT should be among the highest of their priorities.

Bruce B. Henderson

Department of Psychology, Western Carolina University

Cullowhee

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