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.

North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process
Students will examine the standards and evaluation model in this online course.
Format: article/online course
Bringing current science into the classroom
Activities for middle and high school on groundwater, water quality, and environmental stewardship have students exploring current environmental research without leaving the classroom.
Format: series (multiple pages)
iReach all learners with iPads: How to utilize the iPad to meet the needs of LD students
This online professional development course helps teachers develop iPad skills that help empower students with learning disabilities in the classroom.
Format: article/online course
African animals in habitats
This is an inquiry-based animal study for early childhood students centered around a visit to the African Continent of the North Carolina Zoo.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
By Sue McCullah.
AOWS8: Not your grandfathers’ wars: Teaching WWI & WWII to 21st Century learners
This course will explore some of the best resources available for learning and teaching about World War I and World War II and provide teachers with the opportunity to create and share ideas for classroom instruction.
Format: article/online course
A mathematical model to describe fluid behavior
Middle school students will learn how to use math to model and predict natural phenomena. Through hands-on labs, students will explore the behavior and effects of fluid in and around objects and organisms. Students will investigate and create fluid transport systems and gather data to calculate natural frequencies. Using scale models to gain a better understanding, they will use data to predict real-life effects on trees and other structures.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
The Paideia Seminar: Active thinking through dialogue
This teacher training manual, provided by The National Paideia Center, provides a valuable set of resources for educators who want to begin using the Paideia approach.
Format: book (multiple pages)
The “who cares” approach: Long-term benefits
Using classroom footage and teacher interviews, this video addresses the long-term benefits to students of using assignments based on real-world perspectives. Teachers from elementary, middle, and high school share observations and success stories. This video...
Format: video/video
Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice
This series of articles, which balance theory, research, and practice, address a variety of topics within differentiation through text, graphics, and video.
Format: series (multiple pages)
Carolina parakeets
Carolina parakeets
John James Audubon's 1833 painting of the Carolina parakeet. The Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis), now extinct, was the only native species of parrot in the United States. The last known wild Carolina parakeet was killed in...
Format: image/painting
Philosophy 101 for educators
In Philosophy resources for educators, page 1.2
This page provides a basic introduction to key philosophical concepts.
Format: bibliography
Understanding the curriculum
A guide for new teachers (and teachers new to North Carolina).
Format: bibliography/help
Curriculum alignment
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.3
Here you will find ideas for aligning lessons that include LGBTQIA topics to both Common Core and NC Essential Standards.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
The textile industry and Winston-Salem
In North Carolina in the New South, page 2.9
Textiles were one of two industries that changed Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Format: article
Asynchronous conversation matters: Part I
Tap into your students' ease for using digital communities by structuring meaningful online conversations using free tools for asynchronous discussion that center around classroom learning.
Format: article/best practice
By Bill Ferriter.
Where are they now? And where are they going?
In The First Year, page 4.4
Your standards for students' achievement must be high enough not only to get them through your class, but to prepare them for what lies ahead.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
Arts at the core: Making standards work
This online professional development course helps participants understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in the Fine Arts curriculum.
Format: article/online course
Practicum in Online Teaching -- Frequently asked questions
This document answers the most-asked questions about the Practicum in Online Teaching, the capstone course to LEARN NC's Carolina OnLine Teacher Program.
Using virtual worlds to engage gifted learners
In this video, students in a gifted classroom use the multi-user learning environment Quest Atlantis to explore issues related to the creation of a game reserve in Tanzania. Interviews with the teacher and students offer perspectives on the value of using...
Format: video/video
Digital game-based learning
Digital game-based learning (DGBL) is an instructional method that incorporates educational content or learning principles into video games with the goal of engaging learners. Applications of digital game-based learning draw upon the constructivist theory of education.
Format: article
By Heather Coffey.