CCTI Newsletter 2019-2020


Back to School Edition

Welcome Back to School! We are excited to start the new academic year and look forward to growing together in this season of transition.

Please let us know if there are topics you want covered or if you wish to contribute information.

Here is our contact information:

Ms. Lisa Sonricker, Program Director,; Johnston Cohort

Ms. Dana Stutzman, Office & Communications Manager,

Ms. Kathy Saunders, Program Developer & Instructor,; Wake Cohort

Dr. Morghan Bosch, EC Program Developer & Instructor,;EC Program

Mr. Ryan Logelin, Program Instructor,; Durham Cohort

Cohort 3 Launch a Success!


The CCTI launch on Saturday, August 17th was a success with 33 teachers in attendance! We look forward to meeting the other 27 teachers who will make up our 2019-20 cohort.

Particular thanks goes out to Dr. Chavis, our keynote speaker and 2019 Wake County Schools Principal of the Year. Dr. Chavis shared strategies for equity and inclusion in schools and in the classroom, and his "My Why."

Participants engaged in a panel discussion with Cohort 2 members. Topics ranged from challenges in the classroom, balancing teaching with the CCTI program, and building positive relationships with peers and students.

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Panel Discussions

Cohort 3 members were prepared with questions and Cohort 2 panelists had the answers!

Some highlights included the following advice:

  • develop cohort peer relationships in your content area and across content areas
  • make lists so you can cross things off and feel successful
  • drive around your students' neighborhood to get a sense of where/how they live
  • make time for yourself
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The session involved a collaborative effort and team interaction. Lisa, Kathy, Morghan, and Ryan worked with cohort members to develop foundational strategies to start the school year. Below, teams developed plans to uphold classroom values and rules while building relationships.

Cohort 3 Launch Make-up Session

Saturday, Sep. 7th, 9am-3:30pm

7208 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 104 Raleigh, NC 27615 919.882.5951

This session is the second session. It is intended for those who were unable to intend the initial launch session on August 17th.

Back to School Resources and Tips

5 Icebreakers for Middle and High School Students That Really Work

Have Fun Getting to Know Your Students by Meghan Mathis

Ask around and you’ll quickly learn that most teens think the first few days of school are a complete waste of time. “All we do are the same dumb games we did in elementary school!” Or, “It’s just seven periods of my teachers reading me the syllabus!”

Both are common complaints I’ve heard from middle and high school students. So how can we make those first few days meaningful? Keep reading, because here are some real ways to build classroom community while getting to know your students in fun and meaningful ways.

Continue reading...Click the link above or the picture below to learn more.

The 5-Second Solution for a Talkative Class

Watch this short video for a simple solution to regain student attention.- Cult of Pedagogy
The 5 Second Solution for a Talkative Class

The Impact of Pronunciation

As we learn new names this school year, consider the value of pronouncing names correctly.

This article, podcast, and video respond to the age-old question, "What's in a name?".

Click on the picture to interact, listen and view.


  1. Assign several short written assignments in the first week, and then practice names (”Well done, Sasha”) as you personally return papers.
  2. Take photos of students wearing name tags. Review the photos before class. Attach student photos to interest inventories so that you can relate faces with experiences and affinities.
  3. Identify a unique physical feature and then think of a funny sentence involving that feature and the student’s name: Tim has a tiny tooth.
  4. Create rhymes to aid your auditory and visual memory: Fred eats monkey bread.
  5. Prioritize talking to a different group of five students every day for the first few weeks of school. Use their names frequently during your conversation.
  6. Greet students by name as they enter the classroom. Ask for help from learners whose names you cannot recall.
  7. When a student tells you their name, say it back to them and confirm that your pronunciation is correct.

Thank you for reading our newsletter. Have a great start to the school year!