Published On: Thu, Mar 22nd, 2012

Harrah’s Cherokee awards $25K to NCCAT

Money will be used to support teachers and elementary education

 

     CULLOWHEE – Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel recently awarded $25,000 to the Development Foundation of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Inc. to conduct professional development seminars specifically designed by Dr. Deb Teitelbaum, NCCAT fellow, for educators from Cherokee Elementary School in Cherokee.

Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel awards $25,000 to the Development Foundation of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching Inc. to support Cherokee Elementary School teachers. Shown (left-right) are Dr. Jo Blaylock, vice president of human relations and external communications for Harrah's Cherokee Casino & Hotel; Dr. Renée Coward, director of programming for NCCAT; Linda Suggs, chair of the NCCAT Board of Trustees; Craig Day, manager of communications for Harrah's Cherokee; Janna Hyatt, community relations specialist for Harrah's Cherokee; Brooks Robinson, senior vice president and general manager for Harrah's Cherokee; and Dr. Elaine Franklin, executive director of NCCAT. (Photo by Elizabeth A. Gillespie)

     “Increasing teacher effectiveness is fundamental to improving public education in North Carolina and that is NCCAT’s core function,” said Dr. Elaine Franklin, executive director of NCCAT.

     Scheduled for spring 2012, these seminars will help more than 20 educators align curriculum with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, and create pacing guides for the 2012-2013 school year.

     “This funding will provide much-needed support to the faculty and staff of Cherokee Elementary School,” said Dr. Jo Blaylock, vice president of human relations and external communications for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino & Hotel. “Our goal is to partner with NCCAT to increase student achievement, raise teacher efficacy, and strengthen the school’s commitment to Cherokee community values.”

– Nancy Watkins, NCCAT

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