Greetings from LEARN NC!
As the school year comes to a close, we know that you are eagerly anticipating your summer break! At LEARN NC, we are busier than ever developing resources that will help you and other K-12 teachers prepare for next year and the new transition to the Common Core standards.
Before you pack-up your classroom for the summer, be sure that you are following us on Twitter and Facebook. Not only are we sharing educational resources, but we’re hosting weekly North Carolina trivia. Check it out!
In our last update, we shared that all of our online lesson plans are now aligned to the new Common Core and NC Essential Standard objectives. We are excited to share that, as of this month, you can now find LEARN NC resources by searching the Common Core and Essential Standard objectives: just click on the “Find aligned resources” link below each standard. As you and your colleagues begin planning your year, we hope that you will use these helpful resources. For those of you who teach subjects outside of Math and English Language Arts, never fear! We are one of the few organizations who have also aligned all of our lessons to the new Essential Standards, which can be easily explored through our Essential Standards mainpage.
In addition to these new lesson plans, we have also developed a three-week online professional development course focused on the Common Core State Standards and NC Essential Standards beginning June 27th. In this course, we will provide teachers with an overview of the new Common Core and Essential standards and allow teachers to work alongside LEARN NC’s Common Core specialists to create or rework a unit of study that align with these new standards. Registration is currently limited to 22 and we predict that the demand will be high, so register now!
In addition to these exciting new resources for Common Core, we are also providing a number of other courses open for enrollment. Visit our course page for registration.
We are also continuously building our online lesson plan database through recent partnerships with the Carolina Digital Library and Archives (CDLA) and the Kenan Fellows Program. In collaboration with the CDLA’s new Commemorative Landscape Database, a growing digital collection of essays, photographs, and primary resources related to commemorative sites in North Carolina, we have developed resources that provide K-12 teachers with opportunities to explore and teach North Carolina history, research skills, and the reading of primary documents through this unique digital database. Additional lessons will be available July 1st and will be added continuously throughout the fall and spring of the next school year, so keep checking in!
Lastly (we told you we’ve been busy), we are currently accepting applications for LEARN NC’s new Executive Director. We invite top-notch educators to apply!
We hope that you have a great summer and come back to us as you and your colleagues start planning your upcoming year!
All the best,
LEARN NC Staff