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.

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics identify Critical Areas for each grade level which describe two to four big ideas at that grade level. Educators can use the Critical Areas to focus the work students do in the classroom and to make instructional decisions.

The Critical Areas help teachers make instructional decisions by providing a focus for the work to be done at each grade level. The Critical Areas are not in addition to the standards; rather, they help by grouping and summarizing the most critical skills at each grade level, those around which teachers should plan much of their instructional time throughout the year. Using these Critical Areas as a lens through which to view the Content Standards at a particular grade level is meant to help teachers plan meaningful learning opportunities for their students that connect throughout the school year and form a firm foundation on which to build concepts and procedures in later years.