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.

gold nugget

It doesn’t look like much, but a nugget of raw gold reshaped the economy of North Carolina’s southern Piedmont. Image source.

In 1799, twelve year-old Conrad Reed of Cabarrus County found a seventeen-pound gold nugget in a streambed. It was the first discovery of gold in the United States, and within a few years, his father owned a mine that made him a wealthy man. Throughout the region, mines were dug, and men came from across the country — and from Europe — to work them. The nation’s first gold rush was on. In this chapter, you’ll learn about the Reed family, the lives of the men who came to work in the mines, and the impact gold had on North Carolina’s society and economy.