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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professional development
Educational opportunities for school teachers and administrative personnel with goals of personal and professional growth, and school improvement. Professional development is often called staff development.
Pervasive development disorder
Children with this disorder lack socialization, communication, and other developmental skills. Five pervasive development disorders are autism, Apserger's Syndrome, Childhood Disintegrative Disorder, Rett's Syndrome, and Pervasive Development Disorder, not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS).
English language development
Curriculum of instruction for English language learners.
zone of proximal development
The gap between what a learner has already mastered (the actual level of development) and what he or she can achieve when provided with educational support (potential development).

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About the Professional Development Directory
The North Carolina Professional Development Directory provides information about organizations offering professional development to teachers, administrators, and staff of North Carolina public schools. The directory is a joint effort of NC DPI, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and LEARN NC.
Format: article/help
Math Common Core resources
This edition contains resources for teachers, administrators, and parents to learn more about the implementation of the Common Core Mathematics Standards.
Format: lesson plan (multiple pages)
Drop/add policy for online professional development courses
Guidelines explaining when a teacher may be permitted to register for or drop out of an online course.
Format: article/help
Writing for the Web
How teachers can more effectively communicate information and ideas via the World Wide Web, to students, parents, colleagues, administrators, and the world.
Format: series (multiple pages)
DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program
The DESTINY (Delivering Edge-Cutting Science Technology and Internet Across North Carolina for Years to Come) Traveling Science Learning Program is Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s formal science education initiative serving pre-college teachers and students across North Carolina.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative
Grassroots museums annually serve millions of citizens through general visitation, teacher training and special programs. Programs include both onsite and offsite presentations and reach students in every North Carolina school district.
Format: article/field trip opportunity
Finding best practice resources using the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards
This video demonstrates how to find best practice resources that are aligned to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards on the LEARN NC website. For best viewing, use full-screen mode, which you can turn on with the button to the left of the volume...
Format: video/demonstration
LEARN NC Local Coordinator Job Description
This page explains the duties expected of district-level coordinators for LEARN NC.
Format: article/help
Writing for the web
In Writing for the Web, page 1
Why teachers need to think about how they communicate on the web.
By David Walbert.
Teaching writing in the elementary classroom
In this course, participants will explore how to teach their students about the traits of good writing through mini-lessons and writing workshops, and how to use established criteria to evaluate writing.
Format: article/online course
Promoting reading comprehension skills in the elementary classroom
Researchers have identified the strategies that expert readers use to understand text. Develop your students into active, purposeful readers by teaching these strategies in your classroom.
Format: article/online course
Creating and using meaningful rubrics
This course will help you use your own content knowledge and the wealth of information available about assessment to create, analyze, and critique rubrics.
Format: article/online course
LEARN NC Online Courses Announcement
LEARN NC has temporarily suspended its course offerings. We apologize for the inconvenience and we anticipate offering high-quality courses again in the near future. For your immediate needs, you may wish to use the e-Learning...
LEARN NC professional development - Frequently asked questions
Find the answers to frequently asked questions about LEARN NC professional development courses.
Format: article/help
Geometric measurement for middle grades
In this course you'll familiarize yourself with relevant research in teaching geometric measurement, such as the van Hiele framework. You'll also learn how to analyze student work to inform your instruction.
Format: article/online course
Innovate to transform the classroom with Web 2.0 tools
Students will learn to integrate technologies such as Web 2.0 tools and mobile learning devices to create engaging learning experiences for your students
Format: article/online course
Critical areas explained
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics identify Critical Areas for each grade level which describe two to four big ideas at that grade level. Educators can use the Critical Areas to focus the work students do in the classroom and to make instructional decisions.
Learning progressions
In Math Common Core resources, page 1.2
In describing the development of the standards, William McCallum, Math Team Coordinator for the Standards, says: The Common Core State Standards in mathematics were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
North Carolina Teacher Standards and Evaluation Process
Students will examine the standards and evaluation model in this online course.
Format: article/online course
Tackling misconceptions in physical science for middle grades
Tackling Misconceptions in Grades 6-8 Physical Science is designed to provide physical science content information and resources for the practicing middle school teacher while also focusing on recommended national and state curriculum objectives.
Format: article/online course