Professional Learning

NEW! Regional Workshops

“We have plans to go ahead with the PBL Workshop. However, the unsettled nature of the Corona Virus, resulting in closings and cancellations, may result in a cancellation of this event. We hope you will bear with us as we move forward and make decisions based on everyone’s health. We do recommend travelers purchase refundable airline tickets and hotel reservations, and in the event that the workshop is canceled, all registration fees paid will be refunded by NCAC.”

Project Based Learning

NCAC Regional Workshop
June 9-10, 2020

Hamilton County Schools
Chattanooga, TN



Project Based Learning (PBL) is an instructional method that engages students in authentic learning experiences well beyond the classroom walls. Project Based Learning units are designed for students to learn through projects aligned to their interests, their academy/pathway themes, and scenarios encountered by academy partners. 

This rigorous, real-world approach to teaching and learning takes students beyond textbooks and teachers to facilitators of in-depth, engaging learning! It provides student the opportunity to learn the required content and skills embedded in the project while creating and developing solutions to current and potential problems and challenges in their chosen career areas of interest.

During this two-day workshop, participants will learn:
•               The components of PBL
•               How to create authentic projects focused on content standards and skills;
•               How to assess authentic projects using multiple sources;
•               How to create interdisciplinary projects using multiple standards from different content areas;
•               Teaching strategies to support student success in a PBL setting; and, 
•               The impact of PBL on student learning.

Participants will leave the training with the outline of a project or project ideas and a set of resources to support them in fully developing and implementing the projects.

NCAC Member Rate: $175 per person
Non-Member Rate: $200 per person

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Integrating Socio-Emotional Learning into Academies

NCAC Regional Workshop
April 2-3, 2020

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Peabody Campus - Wyatt Rotunda

The field of social and emotional learning (SEL) is rapidly expanding. SEL has emerged as an umbrella term for a number of concepts including non-cognitive development, character education, 21st century skills, and trauma-informed learning, grit, empathy, growth mindset, social skills, and more. Academies offer an excellent way for administrators, teachers, counselors, and students to develop social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies.

This two day workshop will review the research and background on SEL, including a framework to help educators consider the broader context and developmental issues that should be part of any SEL Academy efforts.  We will then look at some practical ways SEL is being implemented into Academy structures. You will hear from educators currently embracing this work. You will learn about the common challenges encountered and practical steps for moving SEL work in your building forward.

Next you will review your school data and feedback from industry partners to determine which SEL competencies are needed most for students in your setting. Using the research from the Collaboration of Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL), participants will learn how to embed core SEL competencies into CTE, counseling and core academic curriculum.  These strategies can easily be implemented into your current lesson plans and units! Best practices will be shared on how to provide and enhance students’ job shadowing, internship and other experiences which will empower them to practice and master these skills and attributes in a real-world setting. In addition, participants will learn easy methods to measure SEL skill acquisition as well as school climate and culture. Time will also be allocated for action planning individually or as part of a school team.

We encourage teams of administrators, teachers, counselors and academy coaches to attend this fun and interactive regional workshop. 


If you are interested in partnering with NCAC on a Regional Workshop, please contact: Connie Majka (

Discounted fees available for sites that host the workshop.