New lesson plans, spring professional development, and more

Greetings from LEARN NC!  Many of you are already on your winter break. When you return, remember that LEARN NC has a host of resources for your teaching needs. Don’t forget you can always keep up with us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest LEARN NC news!

Recently published
From social drinking to dependence
In this lesson for high school healthful living, students categorize behaviors into social drinking, problem drinking, and alcoholism. They then discuss the signs of early and late stage alcoholism.

Examining the human impact on coastal areas and predicted consequences of sea level rise using a case study approach
In this lesson plan for high school earth and environmental science, students examine the effect that human activity and sea level rise have on coastal areas via independent research on specific case studies.

A picture is worth…
In this lesson, created through a partnership with the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, students use historic North Carolina photographs as the basis for writing a creative short story, demonstrating their understanding of the elements of plot.

Enroll now for LEARN NC’s spring semester online courses!
The spring 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.

Listen with LEARN NC
Did you know that there’s a LEARN NC podcast? Each week we share information about how to use our site, our ongoing projects, and special events in the North Carolina educational community. Listen to the latest podcast by downloading it from iTunes U and subscribe so that you’ll never miss an installment. Popular episodes include our exploration of Digital Textbooks and our coverage of the Center for Mathematics Education of Latinos conference, parts one and two.

Keep in touch
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.

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Happy holidays!
We here at LEARN NC wish you happy holidays and a restful break. Our offices will be closed December 22 through January 1. We’ll be back with more great resources and professional development in the new year!

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