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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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Teaching can be a lonely profession — one where the adults close their doors and rarely talk with one another. This leaves teachers to solve their problems on their own. But new teachers can’t solve all their own problems. You need help from mentors, colleagues, administrators, and friends.

If you’re lucky, you already have support from all those people. But if you don’t, or you need more help or a different kind of help, then you need to take charge of things and build your own support network.

Build a support network

A support network is a group of colleagues who provide guidance and assistance to one another throughout their careers. By designing your own support network, you can tailor it to suit your needs. For some teachers, a support network means a weekly meeting to exchange lesson plan ideas; for others, it involves stopping by a neighboring teacher’s classroom as needed.

This series of articles introduces you to the idea of a support network and gives you questions to ask yourself about your needs. Next, you’ll find stories of real teachers who found support in challenging situations, began their careers with an excellent support network, and met with other beginning teachers on a regular basis. Further articles will point you to sources of professional support on the Web.

Working with mentors

Even if you have a great mentor, this series of articles can help you get the most out of the relationship. Written by beginning teachers, mentors, mentor coordinators, and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Mentor Teacher in Residence, the articles will help you see the mentoring process from all sides.