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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.
blended learning
A student-centered approach to creating a learning experience whereby the learner interacts with other students, with the instructor, and with content through thoughtful integration of online and face-to-face environments.
cooperative learning
Instructional method in which students work together in small, heterogeneous groups to complete a problem, project, or other instructional goal, while teachers act as guides or facilitators. This method works to reinforce a student’s own learning as well as the learning of his or her fellow group members.
collaborative learning
An umbrella term for the variety of approaches and models in education that involve the shared intellectual efforts by students working in small groups to accomplish a goal or complete a task.
learning contract
An agreement between a teacher and a student regarding how that student will achieve specified learning goals or objectives.
learning disability
A discrepancy between expected achievement and observed achievement, also known as "unexpected underachievement."
service learning
Intentional combination of community service objectives and learning opportunities that benefits both the recipient and provider of the service. Student service learning projects should be structured to link learning tasks to self-reflection so that they enrich learning, strengthen communities, and teach civic responsibility.
discovery learning
Learning that takes place, not through instruction, but through examination, analysis, or experimentation.
project-based learning
Teaching approach that engages students in sustained, collaborative real-world investigations. Projects are organized around a driving question, and students participate in a variety of tasks that seek to meaningfully address this question.
Dimensions of Learning model
Model of learning developed by Marzano et al (1988) that links content area knowledge, metacognition, and critical and creative thinking with a taxonomy of thinking skills and thinking processes.
digital game-based learning
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.
problem-based learning
Model of instruction in which the teacher poses an authentic problem for student resolution. PBL may be one among many strategies in a classroom or an entire curricular and instructional approach. In the course of problem-solving, students work cooperatively in groups to learn content and skills related to real world problems. The teacher acts as a facilitator to learning.

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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
LEARN NC goals and guiding principles
This document describes LEARN NC’s guiding principles and lists our short-term goals for 2009-2010.
Format: article/help
Resources for parents
In Math Common Core resources, page 3.1
According to the Mission Statement of the Common Core State Standards Initiative: The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do...
Format: bibliography
By Kay Middleton.
Scientific inquiry for elementary teachers
This online course asks teachers to think about the scientific process and how it applies to teaching science in the elementary classroom.
Format: article/online course
Building and maintaining an online professional learning community
Many schools have moved away from one-time workshops and toward the more sustained approach of professional learning communities. But finding the time for all PLC members to collaborate can be difficult. This article offers suggestions for using online tools to make PLCs run more smoothly and effectively.
Format: article/best practice
By Jayme Linton.
Investigative science for middle school teachers
The online course "Investigative Science for Middle School Teachers" requires participants to think about the scientific process and how it applies to teaching science in the middle school classroom.
Format: article/online course
Twitter as a learning tool for teachers
This article shows how Twitter can be a valuable tool in helping teachers build their professional learning networks.
Format: article
By Bill Ferriter.
African American history to 1950
This course explores African American history in the contexts of United States, North Carolina, and world history.
Format: article/online course
Facilitating Online Collaboration: Online course syllabus
Syllabus for the course Facilitating Online Collaboration which helps teachers develop strategies and practice the skills required to facilitate good online communication, moderate online discussion, and promote better accomplishment of instructional goals within the virtual classroom.
Format: syllabus
American Indians in North Carolina
In this course you'll explore American Indian history in North Carolina from the earliest evidence of human habitation in the state through first contact with Europeans, the Trail of Tears, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and into the present day.
Format: article/online course
Just beyond the walls: Teachers as writers in virtual space
This article addresses the notion of teachers as writers — providing reasons why a personal writing practice can improve instructional practice, offering a variety of online networks and other sites to help teacher-writers connect with peers, and suggesting ways to bring this idea into the classroom.
Format: article/best practice
By Kevin Hodgson.
Helping students understand text structures: Informational problem/solution
This exercise teaches students to understand the organizational structure of problem/solution essays by having them write "what it says" and "what it does" statements about a text. Asking students to write these statements about a text will enable students to read the text closely and will ensure that they understand the structure of a problem/solution text.
Format: lesson plan (grade 10 English Language Arts)
By Margaret Ryan.
School policy ideas
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.4
For ideas on how to change your school policies to best support LGBTQIA students, coworkers, and families.
Format: article
By Bud Harrelson and Summer Pennell.
Using student responders responsibly
This article explores the use of responders, devices that collect and aggregate data to measure audience input. The author addresses the benefits of using responders in the classroom and offers several tips for implementing them effectively.
Format: article/best practice
By Bill Ferriter.
Experience North Carolina's state parks with EELEs
An EELE is an Environmental Education Learning Experience -- a site-specific program offered by the North Carolina state parks system. EELEs include pre-visit activities, on-site activities and post-visit activities, but they do not necessarily have to be used in conjunction with a group visit. Educators can attend EELE workshops to gain rich educational experiences that provide knowledge, insight, and immediate practical materials for use in the classroom.
Format: article
By Linda Dow.
African American English
In this activity, students learn about the history of African American English and the meaning of dialect and linguistic patterns. Students watch a video about African American English and analyze the dialect's linguistic patterns.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 Social Studies)
By Hannah Askin.
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...
Bridging language barriers
In Bridging Spanish language barriers in Southern schools, page 1.3
How schools can ease the transition for Latino immigrant students.
Format: article
By Regina Cortina.
Fighting poverty
In Postwar North Carolina, page 6.3
Excerpt of an oral history interview with Billy E. Barnes, a photographer known for his documentary work on racial and economic justice issues in the 1950s and 1960s. Barnes served as Director of Public Information for the North Carolina Fund from January 1964 through January 1969.
Format: interview/primary source
Becoming an online teacher
For even the most experienced classroom teacher, teaching online requires a thoughtful transition to the new environment.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..