LEARN NC’s September Update

Greetings from LEARN NC! We hope your school year is off to a good start. We’ve always got exciting things going on, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest LEARN NC news!

The presidential election is less than fifty days away, and LEARN NC has the resources you need to bring this important event into your classroom with our 2012 election guide. The guide includes information about national, state, and local elections. It provides an extensive list of online resources describing candidates and parties, campaign issues, and election law. Lesson plans and activities address topics such as satire, propaganda, the use of statistics, and the constitutional foundations of the electoral process. If you know of any valuable resources we should add, email Kimberly Hirsh, Managing Editor.

Do you need resources for implementing the new Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards? You can browse the 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.

We’ve just published a new guide to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics for elementary school. This guide provides resources for teachers, administrators, and parents to help them understand the content and intent of the standards, their impact on teaching and learning, and how students will be assessed on these standards. The guide explains the importance of Critical Areas to the Standards and includes an interactive graphic showing the relationship between the Critical Areas and the Domains across grades K-5.

Starting this month, LEARN NC will host monthly Twitter chats. The first chat is Tuesday, September 25, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Our new executive director, Andy Mink (@andyLEARNs), will lead the conversation. The chat will focus on creating authentic hands-on experiential learning opportunities for teachers and students. Join the chat by using the hashtag #learnchat.

Look for LEARN NC at these upcoming conferences:

LEARN NC’s fall online professional development courses are still accepting new enrollments. 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 Web Applications Developer John Smith to the LEARN NC team. A North Carolina native, John  grew up in the mountains near Asheville. He attended the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. John has worked with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in various capacities since 2007. We’re happy to have John on 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 fall!
-The LEARN NC Team

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