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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Global education as good pedagogy
A wide variety of teaching strategies and resources pass under the name of global education. This article provides strategies for evaluating global education and ensuring that it focuses on students' academic success.
By Suzanne Gulledge.
Making the most of culture kits
Culture kits — everyday objects from the country or region you're studying — can bring your lessons to life. This article will get you started using culture kits in your social studies classroom and gives contacts for borrowing culture kits from programs at UNC and Duke.
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By Regina Higgins.
Teaching contemporary Europe
We know how to teach Europe’s past, but what about the present? This article offers strategies and resources for teaching today’s Europe, using online resources from the Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Teaching the European Union
This article presents the European Union — often seen as an "extra" in instruction — as an integral part of the government, economy, history, and culture of Europe. It offers background on the EU, and ideas for deepening understanding of the EU every time you teach Europe.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Teaching world cultures
According to the new Professional Teaching Standards, every North Carolina teacher must promote global awareness in classroom instruction. This article presents some general guidelines and specific strategies for global teaching.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Using EUROPA to teach the European Union
Finding resources for teaching the European Union can be a challenge. This article introduces strategies for using free resources available on the official EU web site, EUROPA, to deepen understanding of the European Union.
Format: article/best practice
By Regina Higgins.
Why study a foreign language?
Foreign language study enhances academic skills, raises SAT scores, and prepares students for careers.
By Bernadette Morris.

Resources on the web

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Advocacy materials for teaching and learning foreign languages. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Barahona Center for the Study of Books in Spanish for Children and Adolescents
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Format: website
Provided by: California State University San Marcos - Kellogg Library
Center for International Understanding
The Center for International Understanding, a public service program of The University of North Carolina, sponsors a number of programs to help link North Carolina teachers and students with the rest of the world.Since 1995, more than 300 North Carolina... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: University of North Carolina
ePals Classroom Exchange
Offers safe, innovative ways for students to make contact with students of other cultures through school-safe email. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
European Schools Project Association
Created in 1988, the European Schools Project Association's central concept was to have classrooms connect and create teleprojects. Through “conversation topics” classrooms from around the world can collaborate by e-mail or “virtual learning... (Learn more)
Format: website
Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program
Since 1946, this program has helped nearly 23,000 U.S. full-time teachers and administrators contribute to mutual understanding between the United States and countries around the world. (Learn more)
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Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program
Provides short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities. (Learn more)
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Provided by: U.S. Department of Education
Global Nomads Group
An effort to bring the world's young people together in understanding and appreciating each other's differences. (Learn more)
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Use Classroom Conferencing, Online Expeditions, and other global connections to create authentic opportunities for students to interact worldwide. Use this database of projects to find and connect with other classroom teachers around the world; find interesting... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Global SchoolNet Foundation
iEARN: International Education and Resource Network
Over 20,000 schools in more than 109 countries are part of iEARN which " empowers teachers and young people to work together online." Young people can communicate in a safe and structured environment in over 120 projects that both enhance learning... (Learn more)
Format: website
K-12 International Outreach Program
The programs offered by the K-12 Outreach area of the Office of International Programs at Appalachian State University engage students through educational speakers, presentations, and performances on foreign countries, cultures and international current... (Learn more)
Format: website
Provided by: Appalachian State University, Office of International Programs
The Multicultural Pavilion Teacher's Corner
Provides a “Multicultural Teaching Toolbox” of classroom resources, concepts and philosophies, and much more. (Learn more)
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Provided by: EdChange.org
North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies
An interinstitutional research center which provides community outreach to K-12 schools in the area of South Asian studies. (Learn more)
Format: website/general
Provided by: Duke University