NCCATNorth Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching
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The NCCAT staff focuses as well on the longer-range benefits for teachers.
In fact, an in-house survey of NCCAT participants for the three-year period ending in 2001 revealed that 93 percent had stayed in the profession, compared to 86 percent of all public school teachers in North Carolina.
It helps, school administrators say, that NCCAT picks up the entire tab.
In the meantime, NCCAT has formed a foundation and is working with the state and East Carolina University to raise the almost $11 million needed for a second campus at a former Coast Guard station on Ocracoke, in North Carolina's Outer Banks.