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North Carolina thinking skills
Model of thinking skills adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1994. Lists seven levels of thinking skills from simplest to most complex: knowledge, organizing, applying, analyzing, generating, integrating, and evaluating.
teacher research
Intentional and systematic inquiry by a teacher or teachers in order to improve classroom practice. Teacher researchers begin with a question about classroom life, design and implement a research plan, collect and analyze data, and adjust practice to better meet the needs of students.
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction administers the policies adopted by the State Board of Education and offers instructional, financial, technological, and personnel support to all public school systems in the state.
alternative teacher certification
Certification of teachers by means other than traditional four-year college and university education degree programs. Candidates for alternative certification hold a degree in the subject matter they will teach and meet abbreviated pedagogical coursework requirements, often during the first two years of teaching.
Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium
A consortium of state and national education agencies and organizations focused on the preparation, licensure, and professional development of teachers. INTASC is guided by the belief that student learning standards should drive the preparation and development of teachers.

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Carolina Online Teacher Program (COLT)
LEARN NC’s Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) program prepares participants to be online instructors, and receive certification to instruct LEARN NC courses.
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.
LEARN NC white paper: Training teachers to teach online
The importance of certification for online instructors.
Format: document
LEARN NC professional development - Frequently asked questions
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about LEARN NC professional development courses.
Format: article/help
LEP Training 101
This course will prepare you as you take on the role of a LEP Coordinator or ESL Teacher. Although you may already know theories or strategies for teaching ESL students, this course is like a manual to teach you the policies, procedures, and required job duties that accompany your job dealing with LEP students specifically in NC schools.
Format: article/online course
About LEARN NC
LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, provides lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina.
Format: article/help
The Binational Migrant Education Program
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 3.1
The Binational Migrant Education Program helps students, teachers, school administration, and parents manage the education of students who move between the United States and Mexico.
By Jennifer Whytock.
Teaching in the ELA classroom: Best practices, lessons learned
LEARN NC will publish a series of best practice articles with a particular focus on writing, reading, and literacy at the secondary level. These web-based articles will annotate classroom activities and success stories highlighted with multi-media elements...
"The Cask of Amontillado"
The short story "The Cask of Amontillado," by Edgar Allan Poe is an effective venue for teaching English I literary terms. The following lesson plan is designed to engage the reader in a deeper than superficial reading of the text. It is also designed to elicit discussion and written critical-thinking responses. This lesson assumes that the literary terms have already been introduced. However, if they have not, the teacher may use this lesson to introduce these terms in the context of the literature.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–10 English Language Arts and English Language Development)
By Guy Hill and Crystal Brown.
Water Conservation/Public Education Programs
A wonderful service provided by the city of Durham Water Management Department to inform the community and K-12 students about the importance of conservation of our most important natural resource - water.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Discovering elements online
Students will work independently and in small groups to research assigned elements on the internet with sites given in advance. They will then contribute to a class database with their individual information. The database will then be made available for students to again work independently and in pairs to answer questions created from a class discussion to discover relationships about the elements.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Information Skills and Science)
By Trish Loudermilt.
Examining the human impact on coastal areas and predicted consequences of sea level rise using a case study approach
In this lesson plan for high school earth and environmental science, students examine the effect that human activity and sea level rise have on coastal areas via independent research on specific case studies.
Format: lesson plan
By Rob Greenberg.
Transatlantic Teacher Scholars – American Battle Monuments Commission
LEARN NC was recently awarded a contract by the American Battle Monuments Commission to build an interactive teaching companion to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Verdun, France. This team will explore ways to unlock the narrative stories and trends...
Time travelers: Using ChronoZoom to teach historical understanding
LEARN NC was recently awarded a contract by Microsoft Research to build an interactive teaching companion to their new online tool called ChronoZoom. As a visualization tool, ChronoZoom allows students to see big history—that...
Apprehending plant killers
In CSI Dublin: The Hunt for the Irish Potato Killer, page 5
In this lesson, students research a plant pathogen of their choice and create a wanted poster.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Science)
By Rebecca Hite.
Animal research: A multimedia approach
Students will be working with a partner to research a favorite animal. They will be required to use a wide variety of resources which include multimedia software packages, the Internet, and various books. The students will be looking up general information about their animal, such as its habitat, place on the food chain, size, etc. Ultimately the students will be responsible for presenting the information they have gathered in some form of multimedia presentation. This activity is primarily student-oriented rather than teacher-oriented in that the students will be selecting what animals they want to research and what materials they want to use in creating their report. The teacher will give some basic requirements and guidelines to ensure that students are on task.
Format: lesson plan (grade 4 English Language Arts, Information Skills, and Science)
By Amy Edwards.
Teaching world cultures
According to the new Professional Teaching Standards, every North Carolina teacher must promote global awareness in classroom instruction. This article presents some general guidelines and specific strategies for global teaching.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Blue Ridge Parkway communities: Before the Parkway
In Driving through time: The digital Blue Ridge Parkway, page 2.5
This is the fifth lesson in the Competing Routes unit. It is part of a series of three lessons intended to help students think critically about the effects of the Blue Ridge Parkway on the environment, economy, and lifestyle of its surrounding communities. This lesson focuses on Blue Ridge Parkway communities before the arrival of the Parkway.
Format: lesson plan
By Katy Vance.
Learning with the World: Global Languages in North Carolina — Arabic
This video is the the second story in a series from UNC-TV about critical languages in North Carolina called "Learning with the World: Global Languages in North Carolina." The presentation’s focus is on Arabic language programs in North Carolina schools,...
Format: video/video
Family History in the Classroom
In this enhanced digital textbook, nine educators share how they used family history in their classrooms to increase engagement and build empathy.