The North Carolina
Association of Teacher Assistants



The North Carolina Association of Teacher Assistants promotes
the important role of teacher assistants in the public schools,
provides professional training opportunities, and works to
improve salaries and employment security.

Members benefit from

* invaluable PEER NETWORKING





* opportunities for RECOGNITION and AWARDS.

Saturday Workshops

There are six workshop offerings on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
You will select FOUR workshops to attend. Workshops are 1 hour 15 minutes in length. 

2020 NCATA Conference Worksheet.pdf

Download and print this document, then visit the Friday and Saturday workshop pages to select your workshops before starting the conference registration process. This way you will have all your workshop selections made and the registration process will go more smoothly, especially if you register online! 

“Book Talks: Nurturing Students' Creativity in Reading, Writing and Presenting”

Presenter: Emma L. Brooks
Position: Administrator Library Services - NC Department of Public Safety
Category: Reading, SS, and writing instruction, small group instruction, EC, classroom management
Focus group: K-5

Description: Focus: Provide Teacher Assistants with a menu of skills that they can utilize at the K-5 level. Attendees will learn how to: 1. Analyze parts of a book - fiction and nonfiction. 2. Examine content to make sense to the elementary reader in a read-aloud and discussion format. 3. Assign roles in a small group for maximum participation and output of its members. 4. Empower students to express themselves and share ideas in a presentation

Bio: Emma Brooks is a highly qualified librarian who has worked for over 25 years with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety supervising the libraries for over 55 correctional facilities across the state of North Carolina. As the sole librarian in charge of libraries for students in incarceration, Ms. Brooks brings a wealth of knowledge in designing programs for unmotivated and disengaged individuals. Her passion and drive to see individuals with no interest in reading has led her to develop initiatives that capture students’ interest so that they become avid readers, Examples of some of Ms. Brooks initiatives includes working with young people in depressed neighborhoods to spark their interest in reading. On visits to West Africa and South Africa, Ms. Brooks was involved in read-aloud, story telling and book talk with native children. Also, Ms. Brooks loves designing libraries. Her most recent is a modern 21st century library at one of the correctional facilities in North Carolina. Throughout her career as a librarian Ms. Brooks has visited hundreds of libraries and read and discussed hundreds of books with students from varying backgrounds and income status.

“H.A.T.S..Google's G Suite”

Presenter: Dia Collins Thomas
Position: Principal Bladen Lakes Primary School
Category: Technology to use with students and by teacher assistants
Focus group: All grades levels, TA

Description: Hands-on Activities in The Suite...Google's G Suite. If you have a g-mail account, come and learn how to use some of the various apps in the G Suite. Google docs, sheets, slides, keep, forms and sites are some of the apps we will review. These apps will help you save time while creating, collaborating, and sharing with your co-workers and students.

Bio: Dia Collins Thomas is currently a principal in Bladen County Schools. She has been an educator for over 18 years, formerly a high school math teacher and a math instructional coach. This is her fourth year presenting at the NCATA annual conference and enjoys learning something new each year!

“Digging into Identity”

Presenter: Travis Crowder
Position: East Alexander Middle School 7th grade ELA teacher and author and speaker
Category: Reading, Social Studies, and writing instruction, social-emotional learning
Focus group: Grades 4-8

Description: Identity is a piece of learning that is often overlooked due to the demands of standards-driven instruction and obsessive assessment practices. I believe that digging into our identity is critical to learning and to thinking beside those in our learning communities. Attendees will dig into their own identities, using identity webs, texts, images, and interviews with a partner to determine who they are, where they come from, and how they can use these strategies to move kids forward as thinkers, readers, and writers. One of our hats is our identity, and it is something we should lean into, own, and cherish.

Bio: Travis Crowder is a 7th grade English teacher, writer, and speaker. His first book, Sparks in the Dark, delved into ways to create a campus-wide literacy culture. His second book, Reflective Readers: The Power of Readers' Notebooks, is being released in October. This professional text explores how reflection drives students to understand their reading lives and grow as thinkers. He is currently working on his third book, Reflective Writers.

“Stand Up, Speak Out: Pass Your Hat to Empower!”

Presenter: Genevieve Dozier
Position: Client Business Executive at Fiserv
Category: Advocacy, A discussion around the importance of a positive, inclusive work environment for children and colleagues
Focus group: Grades 4 – 12, Teacher Assistants

Description: This workshop will cover two main topics - how to lift up and empower students and how to lift up and empower yourself and your coworkers.

Part 1: The children - It’s a paradox familiar to many everywhere: girls are achieving like never before, yet they’re consumed with doubt on the inside. Girls worry constantly about how they look, what people think, whether to try out for a sports team or school play, why they aren’t getting “perfect” grades, and how many likes and followers they have online. We will discuss how you can wear a hat to encourage girls and boys alike to be kind and be one of a kind – to take risk, mess up, feel amazing, imperfect, and powerful.

Part 2: You and your coworkers - Bias and self-doubt can appear in both expected and unexpected ways – and each of us has the power to make a difference. Your feeling of confidence impacts your peer leadership, success, and fulfillment. We will discuss a formula on how to turn your thoughts into action, trust yourself, be authentic, and to stand up and speak out for yourself and others.

Bio: Genevieve Dozier currently serves as a Client Business Executive for First Data Partner Solutions, a division of Fiserv responsible for generating over $18 Million in annual net revenue and has continued to excel and establish herself as a leader in various roles for over 13 years in the electronic payments industry. After graduating Currituck County High School with Honors, she attended Meredith College and holds a Bachelor’s Degree with dual majors in Business Administration, Management and Fashion Merchandising and Design. She began her career in BB&T’s Leadership Development Program and spent 10 years at BB&T with her most notable role being VP, Merchant Services where she was the youngest and only female reporting to the President and was responsible for Product, Pricing strategy, and Marketing for a portfolio of 57,000 merchant accounts processing $18 Billion in annual volume as well as sales training and sales support for 80 sales reps.

Along with her professional excellence, Genevieve has taken an active role in volunteerism for the continued advancement of women and young people in Wnet (Women’s Network in Electronic Transactions) and Currituck County Schools. Upon becoming a Corporate Champion Genevieve raised awareness and created opportunities for engagement increasing the number of Wnet members at First Data from 10 to 500 within one year. Genevieve also founded a mentor program at her local school system where she has been a motivational speaker and mentor to over 200 high school students and 240 middle school students with the goal to inspire ambition, courage, and confidence by sharing her story.

Genevieve has lived in Raleigh and Atlanta and currently resides in Grandy, NC. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two children at Jarvisburg Elementary. Additional accolades: In 2019 she was named a top forty under 40 honoree nationally recognized as a game-changer within her industry based on her impact and professional character. She was also selected one of 32 women out of 198 global applicants to be an academy member of the RiseUp empowering women in leadership class at Money 20/20 in Las Vegas. She has also been a Judge for the women in business Stevie awards, Paid consultant, interviewee for MegaDeals book, published articles, panelist, and webinar presenter for payments industry education classes.

“The Personality Of The Wearer: Putting A Lid On Negative Behavior”

Presenter: William K. Johnston, Jr.
Position: Teacher at Tanglewood Elementary in the Public Schools of Robeson County system
Category: Classroom and behavior management
Focus group: All grade levels

Description: The personality of the wearer and the hat makes the hat! In the classrooms in which we educate students each day there are different hats that we must wear in dealing with different behaviors in order to manage our classrooms effectively. The way in which we respond to students impacts them either positively or negatively. As educators, we much find authentic ways in which to build relationships with students, model the positive behaviors that we desire, and make a lasting impression on students lives. This workshop will help educators to look past the negativity to see the need behind the deed in order to reach students where they are, not allow them to be labeled, and to find success in the most challenging of circumstances.

Bio: William Johnston is a seventeen-year veteran educator who began his career with Bladen County Schools at Booker T. Washington Primary. Starting as a bus driver and working his way up to a classroom teacher, he currently teaches first grade at Tanglewood Elementary within the Public Schools of Robeson County. He is passionate about working with difficult students in order to make a positive difference in their lives. William earned a Masters of Science in Criminal Justice from Fayetteville State University in 2016 and in 2019 completed a second Masters in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University. He is committed to student success inside of the classroom and in life.

“Go To Foldables”

Presenter: Glenn Reed
Position: Principal Dixon Elementary in Onslow County
Category: Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, Small group instructional strategies, Integrated across disciplines
Focus group: Grades K-5

Description: I will present several foldables that teacher assistants can perform with students to support instruction across a variety of grade levels and disciplines.

Bio: Glenn Reed is the principal of Dixon Elementary School, Holly Ridge, NC. He is an elected representative to the World View Global Education Leaders Program, a member of the OCS Global Action Team, an instructor for the Effective Teacher Training Program, a member of the Onslow County Quality Council, and a National Foldable Instructor. Mr. Reed earned a Masters of Supervision and Administration from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts, French Education from UNC Wilmington. He also earned his Education Specialist designation from East Carolina University and is a graduate of the National Board Pilot for Principals. Mr. Reed’s awards and achievements include but are not limited to the UNCW Distinguished Alumni Award, OCS Global Administrator of the Year, N.C. Southeast Region Principal of the Year, and Onslow County Principal of the Year.

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PO Box 334
Welcome, NC 27374
Phone Toll Free: 1.800.979.2077
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