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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Changing the focus from label to need
Labeling a student's disability is an important step in procuring special education services for that student. But is there a downside to labeling students? This article looks at four commonly held — but ultimately misleading — beliefs about labels in special education, and advocates for focusing on needs rather than labels.
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By Jennifer Job.
Deaf learners and successful cognitive achievement
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 3
This article surveys relevant literature on the cognitive potential of deaf learners and asserts that, under appropriate conditions, support, and instruction, deaf students can succeed in inclusive settings. Includes a list of ideal instructional conditions for deaf students in the inclusive classroom.
Format: article/best practice
By David S. Martin, Ph.D..
Deafness, language, and literacy
Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video discusses the role deafness plays in a student’s development of language, and how this affects the way a deaf student may write and speak. Includes an explanation of visual phonics -- a tool that...
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Deafness, self-esteem, and the inclusive classroom
A deaf student surrounded by hearing peers in an inclusive classroom may experience feelings of isolation. The classroom teacher, however, can play a critical role in supporting a deaf student's self-esteem and sense of belonging within the culture of the...
Format: video/video
Differentiation is the practice of tailoring instruction to diverse learners based on student readiness, interest, and learning styles. This article discusses the four areas in which teachers can differentiate instruction and includes links to resources that support differentiation.
Format: article
By Jennifer Job.
Gender in special education
Do boys have more incidences of disability than girls? The numbers suggest that they do, but the matter is complicated. This article addresses some of the issues behind the statistics.
Format: article
By Kris Zorigian and Jennifer Job.
The importance of collaboration
The success of a deaf student in an inclusive classroom is dependent upon the contributions of a number of people, including the classroom teacher, the student, the teacher of the deaf, the student’s family members, school administrators, and the interpreter....
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The importance of Deaf culture
Deaf students benefit in many ways from being educated in inclusive settings, but it is also crucial for them to have opportunities to interact socially with other deaf people. In this video, experts explain why social interaction is so important and share...
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Inclusion strategies for students with autism spectrum disorders
In Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice, page 6
This article discusses the characteristics of a variety of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and shares concrete strategies for increasing motivation, communication, and academic success in students with ASD.
Format: article/best practice
By Susan Flynn.
Modes of communication: Interpreters, hearing aids, and cochlear implants
Understanding the variety of communication modes used by deaf people is critical in order for an inclusive classroom teacher to teach a deaf student effectively. Through expert interviews and classroom footage, this video shares some easily-implemented strategies...
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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)
Teaching deaf students in the inclusive classroom: Part 1
This video uses expert interviews and classroom footage to explore some of the conditions that lead to a deaf student's success in an inclusive setting. Topics include the importance of teacher expectations, the role of family background, myths about deafness,...
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Teaching deaf students in the inclusive classroom: Part 2
A continuation of "Teaching Deaf Students in the Inclusive Classroom: Part 1," this video uses expert interviews and classroom footage to explore some of the conditions that lead to a deaf student's...
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A portal to United States programs and resource information for people with disabilities. This site features links to information necessary for children and youth with disabilities to reach their full potential as well as for their parents and educators... (Learn more)
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Provided by: DisabilityInfo
The Hill Center
Student enrichment programs, tutoring, and fee-based professional development programs for teachers and administrators who want to learn more about learning disabilities/ attention deficit disorder. (Learn more)
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Provided by: Hill Center
Accurate, up-to-date information about effective advocacy for children with disabilities. (Learn more)
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