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

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

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Creating community in the classroom: Part 4 (rewarding improvement)
The fourth lesson in a series on improving classroom learning climate, this lesson provides an opportunity to evaluate student progress and to provide positive reinforcement for improvements in behavior. Using a one to ten continuum, students will subjectively evaluate class progress on the ten adjectives listed as class climate goals. After this process, students will publicly recognize those classmates who have helped the class improve or who have personally improved.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–8 Guidance)
By Pat Nystrom.
The seven deadly sins of data analysis
Commit one of the Seven Deadly Sins of Data Analysis and you run a significant risk of missing AYP under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
By Chris Hitch.
Why work hard in school?
This lesson plan for seventh- and eighth-grade students teaches the importance of working hard and earning good grades. Activities differ for each grade level. They provide a great way to focus students at the start of the school year.
Format: lesson plan (grade 7–9 Guidance)
Examining effective openers and closures in writings
Students will listen to a reading of Dr. Seuss' and Jack Prelutsky's Hooray for Difendoofer Day! Students will then work cooperatively to edit one another's rough drafts of analytical essay, focusing on openers and closures.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts)
By Heather Bower and Michele Hicks.
How do I use all this data?
An eight-step checklist and questions for making use of various kinds of education data.
By Chris Hitch and Ken Jenkins.

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Comprehensive school-based plan outlining goals and objectives for ongoing school improvement. Specific measures are determined on a state-by-state basis.

Additional information

Schools in North Carolina are required to develop a school improvement plan that takes annual performance goals for the school, determined by the State Board of Education, into consideration. Plans are to be based on a comprehensive needs assessment and organized around the state’s five strategic priorities:

  1. High student performance
  2. Healthy students in safe, orderly and caring schools
  3. Quality teachers, administrators, and staff
  4. Strong family, community, and business support
  5. Effective and efficient operations

School improvement plans should also detail plans for staff development funds.