LEARN NC’s August Update

Greetings from LEARN NC and welcome to the start of a new school year! Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest LEARN NC news!

LEARN NC has the resources you need to sustain your new-year excitement all year long. If this is your first year in the classroom, be sure to check out our essay collection, The First Year. It will guide you through setting up your classroom and give you helpful templates for important start-of-school paperwork. If you’re an experienced teacher, please share this excellent resource with your colleagues. To support teacher educators, we have curated a set of LEARN NC resources for Preservice Teacher Education.

This year, schools across North Carolina will teach and assess the new Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards for the first time. You can browse these standards on our website. To find lesson plans and other resources aligned to a particular standard, click the “Find aligned resources” link under the text of the standard.

Here’s what’s coming soon from LEARN NC:

  • an educator’s guide to teaching the the 2012 election
  • a collection of resources explaining and enhancing the Mathematics Common Core State Standards
  • a podcast series featuring LEARN NC’s best resources and audio from educational events

The fall schedule of LEARN NC’s online professional development courses is ready for enrollment! We are offering courses for our Carolina On-line Teacher (COLT) program as well as Moodle training, content-area courses, and courses designed to help teachers work with special populations. As always, each course was created using a researched model of effective professional development and the online format allows participants to work at a time and place most convenient to them. All courses are aligned to the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards.

We’re excited to welcome three new members to the LEARN NC team: Executive Director Andy Mink, Instructional Designer Rebecca Plummer, and Managing Editor Kimberly Hirsh.

Before joining LEARN NC as its Executive Director, Andy was the Director of Outreach and Education for the Virginia Center for Digital History and Curry School of Education (CISE) at the University of Virginia for 11 years. The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) honored him as the National Educator of the Year in 2003. He is currently registered as a Master Teacher with the National Council of History Education in their Distinguished Speaker Program and sits on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Outward Bound School.

Rebecca, our new Instructional Designer, comes to LEARN NC from the Washington, DC area where she worked as a Senior Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton as an Instructional Systems Designer for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency College. Prior to joining Booz Allen, she worked in the Virginia Public Schools as a lead teacher and curriculum writer for the English as a Second Language Program, and as a developer for the county-wide Virtual High School.

Kimberly, our new Managing Editor, worked at LEARN NC as a graduate assistant when she was a student at UNC’s School of Information and Library Science and received her Master of Arts in Teaching from UNC’s School of Education. She has served North Carolina’s public schools as a school librarian and Latin teacher and is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow.

It’s great to have these three experienced professionals join our team!

To keep up with all of LEARN NC’s exciting work, be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook. We’ll keep you updated on our projects, share exciting news and trends in education, and give you the opportunity to participate in our Weekly Trivia Contest! Winners will be entered into a drawing to receive a free online professional development course.

Have a great school year!

-The LEARN NC Team

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