Important Message about LEARN NC

LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you.

Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away. They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. While we are moving away from a focus on publishing, we know it’s important that educators have access to these kinds of resources. These resources will be preserved on our website for the foreseeable future. That said, we’re directing our resources into our newest efforts, so we won’t be adding to the archive or updating its contents. This means that as the North Carolina Standard Course of Study changes in the future, we won’t be re-aligning resources. Our full-text and tag searches should make it possible for you to find exactly what you need, regardless of standards alignment.

LGBTQIA students, parents, and coworkers are present in all school communities. This resource will help you support these groups to meet their unique needs.

LGTBQIA issues matter to educators because:

  • students who feel supported as individuals (which includes their sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression) perform better in school.
  • students may come to you with questions.
  • students may ask for your support.
  • LGBTQIA students are protected by the North Carolina School Violence Prevention Act and Title IX.

LGBTQIA communities are diverse, and their vibrancy and resilience can be positive forces in your school. By familiarizing yourself with LGBTQIA vocabulary, school-related issues, and LGBTQIA-related classroom lessons and practices, you can provide a safe and welcoming environment for all students.

For teachers in North Carolina, the School Violence Prevention Act protects students from bullying for real or perceived gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The 2012 update to the law includes cyberbullying. As a school employee, it is your duty to uphold the law and protect all students from bullying. To learn more, check out this implementation toolkit from Equality North Carolina.

Lastly, Title IX protects all students, including transgender students, from discrimination. As a report released by the U.S. Department of Education states:

Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity and OCR accepts such complaints for investigation. Similarly, the actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity of the parties does not change a school’s obligations.