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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Building a support network
Every teacher needs support networks, both formal and informal. This guide to LEARN NC's collections will point you to resources that show you how to build your own and get the help you need.
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Building your own support network
How to take charge of your own professional development and break through the isolation of the classroom.
Format: article
By Denise Young.
Communicating with parents, colleagues, and administrators
Effective communication is often about avoiding problems rather than solving them. These resources on communicating with parents, participating in a mentoring relationship, and working with colleagues and administrators will help you communicate effectively in a number of situations.
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Communication: The key to successful mentoring
Building support systems begins with asking for help — and giving it.
Format: article
By Diane Gore.
Conversations, questions, and answers for a beginning teacher
A kindergarten teacher begins her career with an excellent support network.
Format: article
By Kathleen Casson.
LEARN NC white paper: An introduction to virtual mentoring
How to support new teachers with an online mentoring program.
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Learning from new teachers
Mentors can share in the hope and enthusiasm of new teachers.
Format: article
By Joy Jenkins.
Looking for support
An elementary special education teacher talks about finding support in challenging situations.
By Kathleen Casson.
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Mentoring matters
How mentors can serve as role models, helpers, and colleagues.
Format: article
By Evalee Parker.
New Teacher Support
Ok, so it's not all fun and games. Now what? When you decided to become a teacher, what did you think about? If you're like most people, you thought about making a difference in children's lives, about helping them learn, making them think, "touching...
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Resources on the web

Electronic Emissary
A web-based organization offering "telementoring" for K-12 students. Mentoring relationships typically last from six weeks to several years. (Learn more)
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