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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Adolescent literacy: Social studies comprehension strategies
"Adolescent Literacy: Social Studies Strategies" equips teachers with a variety of strategies and resources to enhance literacy instruction in the social studies classroom in an ongoing and purposeful manner.
Format: article/online course
African American history to 1950
This course explores African American history in the contexts of United States, North Carolina, and world history.
Format: article/online course
Algebraic thinking in elementary school
This online course will enable participants to learn how to include opportunities in the upper elementary curriculum for children to think about basic algebraic concepts, and to appreciate the importance of algebraic thinking.
Format: article/online course
American Indians in North Carolina
In this course you'll explore American Indian history in North Carolina from the earliest evidence of human habitation in the state through first contact with Europeans, the Trail of Tears, the Great Depression, the Civil Rights Movement, and into the present day.
Format: article/online course
American Indians in the United States
This online course examines American Indian history in the United States from the earliest evidence of human habitation through first contact with Europeans, conflicts in the West, World War II and other key events in 20th century U.S. history, the American Indian rights movement, and into the present day.
Format: article/online course
AOWS2: Nation in conflict - Founding figures of America in a global context
Not your old style history class. History teachers love to tell stories. And, students love to hear stories. However, listening to stories is not the same as doing history. We want our students to experience history. This online course studies methods of engaging students in the doing of history using primary sources.
Format: article/online course
AOWS8: Not your grandfathers’ wars: Teaching WWI & WWII to 21st Century learners
This course will explore some of the best resources available for learning and teaching about World War I and World War II and provide teachers with the opportunity to create and share ideas for classroom instruction.
Format: article/online course
AOWS9: A global narrative: Connecting AP United States and World History
This online course emphasizes the connections between AP United States and World History through a study of the colonial period and slave trade, westward expansion, and immigration.
Format: article/online course
Arts at the core: Making standards work
This online professional development course helps participants understand how to create lesson plans that include embedded standards in the Fine Arts curriculum.
Format: article/online course
Becoming an online teacher
For even the most experienced classroom teacher, teaching online requires a thoughtful transition to the new environment.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Beyond blended learning: Reaching every student
This archived presentation from the 2010 NCTIES conference explores the theory and application of blended learning and offers ten ways to improve teaching using a blended approach.
Format: presentation/best practice
Biodiversity in your backyard
Biodiversity in Your Backyard designed to help teachers of elementary-aged students to explore the topic of biodiversity and expand their knowledge of life science.
Format: article/online course
Blended learning
Blended learning is a student-centered approach that integrates learning experiences in online and face-to-face environments. This article defines blended learning, discusses its history, and provides suggestions for creating an effective blended learning experience.
Format: article
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Carolina Online Teacher Program (COLT)
LEARN NC’s Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) program prepares participants to be online instructors, and receive certification to instruct LEARN NC courses.
Format: article/online course
The Civil Rights Movement in context
This online course investigates the precursors to the Civil Rights Movement, its leadership, its opposition, and its legacy, including lesser-studied events of the movement and primary sources.
Format: article/online course
Common Core and the special education student
Course description The Common Core has brought wide reaching shifts in K-12 education. While much of the emphasis has been placed on particular content areas – there is still much to examine when discussing best practices for implementing Common...
Format: article/online course
A crash course in ESL
"A Crash Course in ESL" will prepare you to work with ESL parents and create a welcoming environment for ESL students.
Format: article/online course
Creating and using meaningful rubrics
This course will help you use your own content knowledge and the wealth of information available about assessment to create, analyze, and critique rubrics.
Format: article/online course
Crossing cultures I: Self awareness
This online course helps teachers gain a greater awareness of their own cultural background, as well as acquire tools to interact appropriately and effectively with people from a variety of cultures.
Format: article/online course
Designing a virtual field trip
Use internet resources to design a "virtual field trip" for your students. In this online course, you’ll study strategies and resources to create effective and engaging learning experiences for your students that are aligned to state and national standards.
Format: article/online course