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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Advanced vocabulary
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 2.3
Go beyond the basics of LGBTQ to learn other words for sexual and gender identities.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
The basic LGBTQ acronym
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 2.2
Learn what the letters in LGBTQ stand for.
By Summer Pennell.
Being tolerant when you're not affirming
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.5
You have educated yourself and understand the pro-LGBTQIA stance. Although you may not agree with it, you want to behave in a caring and sensitive manner and be a role model to your students. Tolerance means you act civilly and accept another's right to be...
Format: article
By Kathy Staley.
Classroom ideas
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.1
These are simple ideas for being inclusive and supportive in your classroom. They are applicable to all students, though we have included specific sections for transgender & intersex students, and students whose parents are LGBTQIA.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
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.
Discrimination
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 2.4
This page briefly discusses some forms of discrimination LGBTQIA people may face, and explains words used to talk about these forms of discrimination.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
Lesson plans
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.2
Here you will find links to lesson plans on LGBTQIA topics.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
LGBTQIA Resources for Educators
This resource can help educators support their LGBTQIA students. It is appropriate for those who have little knowledge of LGBTQIA communities, as it contains information about vocabulary as well as practical classroom suggestions.
Format: (multiple pages)
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.
Sex and gender
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 2.1
Learn about the differences between sexual orientation and gender identity, sex and gender, and gender expression.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.
What to do if your school administrator isn't supportive
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 3.6
Administrators have many issues on their desks, and some do not prioritize anti-bullying interventions. However, federal and state laws are clear about school administrators' responsibilities towards their students. As a result, your school principal must...
Format: article
By Kathy Staley.
Why this matters
In LGBTQIA Resources for Educators, page 1.1
Why do educators need to be aware of LGBTQIA issues? This introduction will tell you why being informed can help your students.
Format: article
By Summer Pennell.