I am honored to be writing to you for the first time as Executive Director of LEARN NC. As a former K-12 teacher and a teacher educator here in North Carolina for many years, myself, the value of LEARN NC is clear to me. For nearly two decades, LEARN NC has provided access to the best learning innovations and thousands of exemplary mediated resources to aid the continual improvement of education in North Carolina, and beyond. I’m proud to be here, serving the teachers and students of North Carolina, and helping advance the pioneering spirit and the good work led by previous Directors. I hope you find the resources and information below useful; please share it with your colleagues, and stay connected with LEARN NC!
Standards: Common Core & North Carolina Essential Standards
We at LEARN NC are committed to supporting teachers’ understanding of and adaptation to the Common Core and North Carolina Essential standards. I am pleased to announce that our work aligning each of our 1,600 lesson plans to the Common Core and NC Essential Standards is complete, and ready to use. Stay tuned as we continue to align the thousands of external lesson plans linked on our website, as well. Come take a look! Additionally, we are taking a leadership role in collaboration with our eLearning for Educators partners to design, develop, and deliver innovative online professional development opportunities and resources to help guide teachers through the transition to the new standards.
Lesson Plans: Commemorative Landscapes
LEARN NC is developing resources using the Commemorative Landscapes Database, a collaborative project of the History Department and the University Library of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, to encourage critical inquiry into the construction and revision of North Carolina’s history through an examination and study of North Carolina’s monuments, markers, and other commemorative landscapes. The lessons and projects being developed for grades 3-12 facilitate student engagement with a variety of primary documents and digital media to promote a broader understanding of North Carolina history, familiarity with historical discourses and practices, and thoughtful approaches to research. Check in with us soon for lessons that give your students the opportunity to create their own monuments, become North Carolina tour guides, and solve the mystery of the missing Hippo statue!
Research: The Well
It is exciting to be here on-campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and to have the opportunity to share with teachers and students some of the amazing work in which so many of our bright and dedicated colleagues here are engaging. If you haven’t visited The Well yet, come see how we are helping our colleagues turn their latest research into practical advice for you. Right now. Recent articles and videos deal with issues such as: working with immigrant students, “outside-in” school reform, community journalism as a novel pedagogical strategy, and finding multicultural texts to encourage struggling young readers.
Curriculum: NC Heritage
Did you know there was a military base in Greensboro during World War II? Or that our state dog, the Plott Hound, is one of only a few known breeds to have originated in America? LEARN NC has partnered with the North Carolina Digital History Center to create online curriculum, lesson plans, and podcasts using the Center’s incredible collection of digitized historic materials. Stay connected with us over the next few weeks, as we integrate these materials into our website and announce them on our Twitter feed (@learnnc).
Courses enrolling now!
Each day, hundreds of teachers participate together in one of the many informative, engaging, and relevant online continuing education courses offered via LEARN NC. Courses currently enrolling include: American Indians in North Carolina, Using Blogs and Other Collaborative Tools to Improve Student Writing, Using Models to Understand Fractions, and Planning Instruction with the National STEM Digital Library. And, of course, our Carolina On-Line Teaching (COLT) certification program is preparing the next generation of K-12 teachers to extend their abilities and reach into the world of online teaching, themselves. Visit the COLT site to join our next cohort.
Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Like our Facebook page, and join our YouTube channel to see what new and interesting resources we are finding throughout each day and to stay in touch with us — and with each other!
EVENTS: 2012 North Carolina Science Festival
Celebrate science statewide April 13-29, 2012 at the annual North Carolina Science Festival. The Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. It highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring the next generation of students. As supporters of tomorrow’s scientists, K-12 educators are critical to our mission. The North Carolina Science Festival encourages both educators and students to be involved in the Festival. To find one of more than 300 events near you, visit www.ncsciencefestival.org.
The UNC Science Expo, a signature event of the North Carolina Science Festival, will be held on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill on Saturday, April 14. This annual Expo features hands-on activities and demonstrations for the science enthusiast. Exhibitors include UNC-Chapel Hill scholars, University laboratories, local entertainment and a kids’ make-and-take area. Celebrate science with more than 50 Expo exhibitors!
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Thanks for being a part of the LEARN NC network. Connect with LEARN NC and let us know how we can continue serving you.
Stephen C. Bronack, Ph.D.
Executive Director, LEARN NC