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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Communicating with parents
To communicate successfully with parents, be caring, professional, open, and organized.
By Kathleen Casson.
Communicating with parents at the beginning of the year
In The First Year, page 1.3
Start communicating with parents at the beginning of the year, to establish a relationship before you have anything negative to say.
Format: article/best practice
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
The First Year
Essays on the author's experiences in her first year of teaching: the mistakes she made, what she learned from them, and how she used them to become a better teacher — and how other first-year teachers can, too.
Format: book (multiple pages)
Helping parents understand
In Math for multiple intelligences, page 5
The more ongoing, positive communication you have with parents, the more they'll be willing to work with you.
Format: article
By Gretchen Buher.
If he's in danger of failing, at least three people need to know it
In The First Year, page 4.1
Get in touch with parents to prevent students' failure, not just to report on it.
Format: article
By Kristi Johnson Smith.Commentary and sidebar notes by Lindy Norman.
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.
Keep parents in the loop with a class website
This article discusses the process of creating a website to keep your students' parents apprised of what's happening in your classroom. The author discusses a variety of tools, including blogs, wikis, Google sites, and paid hosting websites, and suggests elements to include in a useful website.
Format: article/best practice
By Rebeccah Haines.
Math for multiple intelligences
How a middle-school math teacher realized she was boring and jump-started her career — and her students — by using thematic planning, emphasizing problem solving, and teaching to multiple intelligences.
Format: series (multiple pages)
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)
Science Family Fun Night
One night a month Vivian Smith opens her classroom to families where they work together to solve logic problems and conduct experiments. Learn how this science teacher increases family involvement in her students' education and find ideas for science experiments, webquests, projects, and construction contests.
By Waverly Harrell.
Tips for parent conferences
Basic suggestions and points to keep in mind when meeting with parents.
By Mitch Katz.