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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.

From the education reference

at-risk
A term used to describe students at risk of educational failure as a result of challenges ranging from a lack of adequate service from school or social service organizations to negative life events such as socioeconomic or physical/mental challenges.

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To know them is to teach them
We must maintain high standards and expectations, incorporate students' experiences into the curriculum, and use culturally relevant materials.
By Barbara Rush.
Differentiated instruction
An introduction to LEARN NC's resources for differentiating instruction for a variety of student populations.
Format: bibliography
Sex under the influence
The use of alcohol and other drugs increases the risk for unplanned, unprotected sex. This action exposes young people to HIV, other STDs, and pregnancy. The lesson engages students in the decision-making process regarding risk and checks their understanding of behaviors that put them at risk.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
By Kathy Crumpler.
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)
It's all about choice
Students will examine the different choices they make as supporting or undermining their intent to remain abstinent, including the affect of substance use on those choices.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 Healthful Living)
By Kathy Crumpler.
Deficit thinking
Teachers frequently attribute the academic struggles of English language learners to the students' inability or unwillingness to learn English, but this "deficit thinking" can better be replaced by a focus on what immigrant students bring to the classroom.
Format: article
By Buck Cooper.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tiered model designed to combine assessment and intervention to maximize student behavior. With RTI, schools identify students who may be at risk for learning or behavior difficulties and monitor progress. The Council...
Format: article
By Jennifer Job.
Communities in schools of Wake County: “Just passing isn’t good enough!”
The educators of Communities In Schools (CIS) of Wake County, after ascertaining that the average grade of their middle school students was low D to F, determined to change their program drastically. They researched programs across the country that demonstrated success with students with profiles similar to those of CIS students, hired an education consulting company to help them establish measurement matrices, and instituted a range of new policies and activities. As a result, CIS students’ grades improved to C in just six months.
Format: article
By Susan B. Hansell.
Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools
These articles provide background on Latino immigrants in North Carolina, administrative challenges in binational education, and strategies through which teachers can build on what Latino students bring to their classrooms to create a learning environment that meets the needs of all students.
Format: series (multiple pages)
CareerStart: A proven approach to middle-school success
CareerStart is a program for infusing career relevance into the core curriculums in middle schools. This article describes the program and shares some of the research that illustrates its effectiveness.
Format: article
By Dennis Orthner, Ph.D..
Effective communication for successful careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade eight, page 1.7
In this lesson plan, students consider the elements of effective communication and write an informative or persuasive paper with a particular audience in mind.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Andrea Fedon, Gail Frank, and Cindy Neininger.
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.
The power of nonfiction: Using informational text to support literacy in special populations
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 9
This article presents the idea that informational texts, rather than fictional literature, may better help students develop literacy skills -- particularly in students with special needs.
Format: article/best practice
By Joan Barnatt, Ph.D..
Guidelines for writing best practice articles
In Web Publishing & Collaboration Guide, page 2.2
Not every good teaching idea can be written as a lesson plan or buried within one. Some ideas are more general and apply throughout a curriculum area or even across curricula. If you find yourself explaining concepts, strategies, or practices, consider writing...
Format: /help
Using technology to differentiate by learning environment
Classroom footage and interviews with educators illustrate a variety of ways to differentiate by learning environment using technology. This video is one in a five-part series about integrating technology into differentiated instruction. The other videos include:...
Format: video/video
Wall-to-wall project-based learning: A conversation with biology teacher Kelley Yonce
This article explains the process of project-based learning (PBL) as it is practiced by Kelley Yonce, a high-school biology teacher who uses PBL throughout the school year. Concrete guidelines for a DNA project are included, as well as rubrics, assessment criteria, and other relevant documents.
Format: article/best practice
By Dan Lewandowski.
Feed a fighter
In this lesson students will examine “Additional Helps for the 4-H Mobilization for Victory Program,” a Cooperative Extension Work document from the Green 'N' Growing collection at Special Collections Research Center at North Carolina State University Libraries. The document will help students understand the efforts civilians underwent to support military efforts in World War II.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–12 English Language Arts and Social Studies)
By Lisa Stamey.
Saying "yes" instead of "no"
Fair Use Guidelines make room for students and teachers to use copyrighted material in multimedia presentations.
Format: article
By Connie Bakker.
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...
Using videoconferencing to connect your class to the world
Videoconferencing in the classroom opens up all kinds of opportunities for students to become engaged in learning. This article explores the use of videoconferencing to build cultural understanding, learn from outside experts, and reach homebound students.
Format: article
By Bill Ferriter.