Welcome to LEARN NC!
LEARN NC gives you what you need for K–12 teaching and learning, when and where you need it. Here’s how to get started.
Projects and special collections
- North Carolina History
- A “digital textbook” of primary sources, background readings, and multimedia.
- American Indians
- A guide to some of the best resources for teaching about American Indians.
- World Cultures
- Photographs and audio with historical and cultural context and related lesson plans.
- Critical Languages
- Digital textbooks for Mandarin Chinese and Arabic.
- Environmental Science
- Virtual field trips, lesson plans, and classroom content for a variety of grade levels.
- Field Trips
- Find educational opportunities in your county or region.
- New Teacher Support
- Resources and guides to LEARN NC for beginning teachers and their mentors.
- COLT: Carolina On-Line Teacher
- A certification program for online instructors.
- Differentiated Instruction
- Teaching all students in the 21st-century classroom.
- Technology Integration
- Best practices for making innovative and meaningful use of classroom technology.
- Education Reference
- Background articles and research summaries on key topics in education, from A to Z.
Tips & tools
Here’s what’s new.
- Charlotte Nature Museum
- Discovery Place KIDS—Huntersville
- AOWS6: Revolution, reaction, reform: Industrialization creates a modern world
- Implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in Grades K-5
- Nina Simone: Monument and poetry analysis
From our blogs
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 2014 Educators of Excellence Institutes
- There is still time for K-12 science educators to apply to attend one of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences' Summer Institutes. But hurry, applications must be in by March 10, 2014! Continue reading
- Teach students to think critically using “Paintings as Windows to the Past”
- This seven week professional development course explores teaching students to "do history" using paintings to explore the past. Continue reading
- February news from the NC Civic Education Consortium
- Find lesson plans for Black History Month and two unique professional development opportunities in this month's newsletter from the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium. Continue reading
- Library of Congress 2014 Summer Teacher Programs – Teaching with Primary Sources
- The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its summer program for K-12 educators. The week-long programs in Washington, D.C. focus on strategies for teaching with primary sources. Continue reading
- News from the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium
- The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values, works with schools, governments, and community organizations to prepare North Carolina’s young people to be active, … Continue reading
- Emerging Issues
- Many UNC faculty members attended the 2014 Emerging Issues Forum sponsored by the Institute for Emerging Issues. This year's forum was working towards an answer to the question: How do we train, retain, and support world-class teachers in every classroom to secure N.C.'s future competitiveness? Here on the campus of UNC, LEARN NC is working toward this goal in multiple ways. LEARN NC’s “The Well” blog focuses on how LEARN NC is working to support the teaching profession by contributing to a culture of professionalism around teachers. Continue reading
- Success and Latino Males
- As the Hispanic population grows nationwide, teachers are asking how they can best accommodate their immigrant and first-generation students and help them to succeed. We often talk about the Achievement Gap in education, but we rarely discuss how it affects the Hispanic population. UNC School of Education professor Juan Carrillo recently published a qualitative study, The Unhomely in Academic Success: Latino Males Navigating the Ghetto Nerd Borderlands (2013), exploring the ways in which Mexican-origin, working-class, high academically achieving men use their connection to home to achieve academic success . Continue reading
- Busses and Charter Schools
- This study, published by the Department of Public Instruction in North Carolina asks the question: Is transportation a barrier to economically disadvantaged students' enrollment at charter schools? Continue reading
- Turning in the Right Direction
- According to the 2013 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction accountability reports, 28% of North Carolina’s schools (691 out of 2,405) did not meet expected growth. In their recent study, M. Proto , K.M. Brown, and B. Walston (2012) identified attributes of elementary schools successfully reformed using one of North Carolina’s four models (PDF) for turning around failing schools: turnaround, restart, school closure, and transformation. Continue reading
- Connecting Adult and Child Literacy in the Classroom
- Dr. Mount-Cors research offers practical advice on how to help teachers connect adult and childhood literacy. Continue reading
- How to Write an OpEd
- Edward B. Fiske, former education editor for The New York Times and a widely-published writer and editor specializing in education, spoke on Wednesday February 12th at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education as part of the Hussman Education Policy Colloquium Series. Fiske’s talk was entitled “Getting the Word Out: Using Your Research to Craft Opinion-Editorials” and focused on advice for faculty and students when writing op eds.
- Students can create original artwork, animated movies, stories, greeting cards, and more on Kerpoof. The site’s homepage contains links to classroom ideas, lesson plans, and educational standards so that teachers do not have to re-invent the wheel. You do have to register to create an account,t but it is free. This site is kid friendly, […]
- Chogger is a free on-line comic creator students can use to create their own characters, retell what they have read, or demonstrate understanding. There are multiple comic strip layouts. Students can easily add images by uploading, taking pictures, importing from Google Image Search, or drawing. The site walks the students through the process with easy […]
- TikaTok is a free resource produced by Pearson where students can write and create their own digital storybooks. This digital storytelling tool can be aligned with Common Core, is a great way to incorporate integration between multiple subjects, and can easily be differentiated for ability level and interest. Students can either chose a blank book […]