K-12 Teaching and Learning From the UNC School of Education

Important Announcement about Online Courses and LEARN NC.

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.

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LEARN NC has been serving teachers and students across North Carolina since 1997. (Photo by UNC News Services. More about the photograph)

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Related pages

  • Education glossaries on the web: Can't find what you're looking for in LEARN NC's education glossary and reference? Here are some additional references.
  • Education Reference: Collection Policy: The purpose of LEARN NC's Education Reference is to provide definitions of common terms in K–12 education as well as information that contextualizes the terms and, where appropriate, links to examples and resources that will help teachers implement teaching ideas in their classrooms. These guidelines explain our policy for including entries in the Education Reference.
  • About the North Carolina Standard Course of Study: An explanation of the state curriculum and how LEARN NC aligns resources to it.

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All educators, parents and interested members of the community are welcome! Our website offers a wide array of quality resources for K-12 classroom instruction and teacher professional development, all tied to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. All of our resources, except for online courses, are free and open to the public. Anyone may sign up to receive regular email updates about our resources and services and participate in online discussions.

Our strength is in North Carolina’s public schools. All 115 of North Carolina’s public school systems are working with LEARN NC, as are Independent schools, Catholic schools, and charter schools. Each school system and most individual schools have LEARN NC coordinators, primary contacts who manage professional development workshops and provide ongoing feedback on the design and scope of our organization. For a contact in your school system, see our directory of school system coordinators.


The "North Carolina Teachers’ Network" began in 1997 with six pilot school systems and a few tiny databases of teaching resources. From these humble beginnings, LEARN NC quickly grew into a statewide program providing thousands of quality resources to teachers and students in all 115 public school systems as well as the Catholic and Independent schools of North Carolina. In 2007–2008, LEARN NC’s website welcomed 30,000 visitors a day seeking innovative ideas for teaching and learning. While most are from North Carolina, 7 percent are from outside the United States, and we have received emails and reprint requests from as far away as China and Singapore!

Advisory board

The LEARN NC Advisory Board is composed of educational leaders in schools and agencies, university faculty, technology experts, and corporate and foundation leaders. Board members help us think creatively and strategically about where to invest the valuable resource that LEARN NC represents to have the greatest possible impact on K-12 education. See who serves on the advisory board.


LEARN NC works with a variety of organizations throughout North Carolina and across the United States to bring teachers the best available classroom content and professional development. Learn more about our partners.

Annual reports

Download PDF versions of LEARN NC’s Annual Reports. These documents enumerate some of the highlights of LEARN NC’s work.

Contacting us

Our offices are located in Peabody Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. For more information about our programs, resources, and services, please contact us via this website. You may also contact us at the following address:

LEARN North Carolina
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education
Suite 012
CB #3500 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500