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 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 information and ideas: a philosophy of writing
In Writing for the Web, page 2
Many kinds of writing can be adapted for the web, but it's important to know what you're trying to communicate.
By David Walbert.
Communicating with parents
To communicate successfully with parents, be caring, professional, open, and organized.
By Kathleen Casson.
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.
Finding your audience: a primer
In Writing for the Web, page 3
Before you sit down to write something, ask yourself some questions about the people who will read it.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
How do I use all this data?
An eight-step checklist and questions for making use of various kinds of education data.
By Chris Hitch and Ken Jenkins.
An introduction to teacher research
Every day, teachers develop lesson plans, evaluate student work, and share outcomes with students, parents, and administrators. Teacher research is simply a more intentional and systematic version of what good teachers already do. This article explains the basic process of teacher research, including formulation of a research question, data collection and analysis, and writing up your findings.
Format: article
By Amy Anderson.
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.
Meeting management: Avoiding the stew-and-seethe syndrome
Strategies for keeping meetings on-task, efficient, and productive.
By Chris Hitch.
Mentoring matters
How mentors can serve as role models, helpers, and colleagues.
Format: article
By Evalee Parker.
Not your mother's math teacher
North Carolina's 2001–2002 Teacher of the Year, Carmen Wilson, talks about real-world math and teachers' roles as professionals.
Format: article
By David Walbert.
Observing other teachers
Learning from other teachers is an important means of professional development. Here are some suggestions for observing successful teachers in your school, in other schools, and on the web.
By Kathleen Casson.
Professional development by email
Conducting professional development by email can be an effective way to reach busy teachers, tailor the content to their needs, and provide an authentic context for learning.
By Bobby Hobgood, Ed.D..
Quiet leadership
Tips for leading effectively behind the scenes.
Format: article
By Chris Hitch.
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.
The seven deadly sins of data analysis
Commit one of the Seven Deadly Sins of Data Analysis and you run a significant risk of missing AYP under No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
By Chris Hitch.
Teach what you love
Stephen Mullaney works as a half-time ESL resource teacher/half-time second grade language arts teacher at Club Boulevard Elementary in Durham. This article focuses on his advice for teachers working with ESL students.
Format: article
By Sydney Brown.
Tips for parent conferences
Basic suggestions and points to keep in mind when meeting with parents.
By Mitch Katz.