LEARN NC at FLANC Spring Workshops

Bobby Hobgood will present at the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina Spring Workshops in Asheville, N.C. on Saturday, March 13, 2010.

Classroom assessment by the minute: Teaching students to monitor their own learning from no-tech to high-tech

The pressure of covering the curriculum while preparing for EOCs or EOGs often prevents us from integrating formative assessment strategies that lead to higher quality learning. The secret to overcoming those external pressures lies in how we think about assessment opportunities minute-by-minute. During this interactive session, we will rethink the roles of teacher and student as we explore easy-to-use strategies for preparing students to monitor their own learning. Participants will leave with simple strategies to help their students see ongoing, formative assessment as an essential learning tool for learning. Examples range from no-tech to high-tech strategies for engaging students while gathering feedback.

LEARN NC Invest in Teachers Award funds online professional development

Last year, LEARN NC made $125,000 in matching-funds awards to North Carolina schools to use for online professional development. More than 750 teachers benefited from a total of ten awards to elementary schools, middle schools, rural and urban LEAs, and a four-county education partnership in North Carolina.

In 2010, LEARN NC will again aid educator development in North Carolina with the Invest in Teachers Award. The LEARN NC Invest in Teachers Award will make awards for online professional development ranging from $2,500 to $50,000, accompanied by a matching amount from the schools, so teachers will still receive the training and support they need to help their students succeed in the classroom and in life.

Applications are accepted through April 30, 2010. For full details and application instructions, please visit the main Invest in Teachers Award page.

Attend LEARN NC’s 2009 interactive conference virtually



LEARN NC Fall 2009 Interactive Conference

Discover. Teach. Share.

Thursday, October 1st
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In less than twenty-four hours, North Carolina educators filled all the face-to-face seats at the LEARN NC 2009 Interactive Conference. But just because you can’t attend in-person doesn’t mean you have to miss this day of collaboration and new ideas. Register today to attend the conference virtually.

What to expect

Virtual attendees get the same great afternoon sessions as face-to-face participants, including sharing free resources, technology integration, professional development strategies, and more. Interact with fellow educators from around North Carolina via web conference software, Twitter, and the online back channel. Virtual participants may join for the entire afternoon or for whatever portion of the conference is convenient.

Who should attend?

Teachers, media specialists, technology coordinators, professional development coordinators, administrators, and other leaders in curriculum and instruction will all benefit from this conference. Whether you are teaching students in the classroom, or working at the school or system level developing curriculum and delivering professional development, the LEARN NC conference will provide new ideas and identify opportunities for collaboration to help you make the best use of your scarcest resource… time!



Technical Requirements

Minimal.  If you’ve never participated in a virtual conference before, there’s nothing to fear.  The only hardware you’ll need is a computer with speakers, and the only software you’ll need is a current version of Flash Media Player.  We’ll provide you with all you need to test your set-up in advance of the conference so that connecting is a cinch.


Register for the LEARN NC 2009 Interactive Conference and discover, teach and share with LEARN NC.

Biotechnology workshop for educators July 20-24

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center will offer a unique opportunity for NC high school science teachers to gain an introduction to biotechnology at a four-day workshop at Carteret Community College July 20-24. The registration fee is $50 but participants receive free room and board plus a $50 stipend per workshop day (e.g., a total of $200 for a four-day workshop).

Participants receive technology or regular renewal credits (CEUs), lesson plans, instruction in presenting biotechnology in ways that captivate students, and access to Biotechnology Center programs that provide lab equipment and educational video loans and free lab supplies.

NC Biotechnology Center workshops address multiple objectives of the Standard Course of Study for high school biology and are taught by outstanding university instructors and master high school teachers who are expert at integrating biotechnology into the classroom.

If you are interested, please visit the North Carolina Biotechnology Center website for registration information.

LEARN NC taps new director

The UNC School of Education has tapped Melissa Thibault as Executive Director of LEARN NC.

Melissa Thibault served as Acting Executive Director since January 1, 2007, during which time she oversaw the creation of an online Mandarin Chinese/Critical Languages program and a Virtual Mentoring Program to support beginning teachers. Thibault joined LEARN NC in 2000 as Director of Media Services. In 2005, she was named Associate Director. Thibault has worked in public education for ten years, and her experience as a school media specialist gives her insight into the needs of a broad spectrum of educators.

“Melissa has done an outstanding job in her Acting Executive Director role,” said Jill Fitzgerald, Interim Dean of the UNC School of Education. “She has demonstrated very strong interpersonal and communication abilities. LEARN NC is a vital outreach arm of the School of Education, and I know that the organization will thrive under Melissa’s leadership.”

LEARN NC serves more than 25,000 teachers and students each day through its website, delivering lesson plans, best practices, and classroom content directly to schools in all 115 North Carolina school systems, 50 states, and 145 countries.

As Executive Director, Thibault will oversee several new initiatives to connect North Carolina teachers with the expertise and resources of universities, libraries, museums, and their fellow educators. Projects now underway, such as a digital textbook for eighth-grade North Carolina history and a Carolina Online Teacher Program that helps educators adapt to online teaching, will continue to make LEARN NC an indispensible resource for North Carolina’s schools.

Wanted: Civics and economics teachers to join professional learning community

LEARN NC is looking for 12 North Carolina high school civics and economics teachers to share ideas in an online professional learning community. You’ll learn teaching tips and materials specific to the civics curriculum, and engage in spirited discussions on your successes, failures, questions and answers with peers across the state.

An experienced instructor coach will provide guidance through the curriculum, as well as tricky areas like classroom management. You’ll also have access to a fully-developed, yearlong online civics & economics course aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. You can use it as your curriculum for the rest of the year, or just to grab a lesson for class tomorrow.

In order for this professional collaboration to be truly successful, participation is a must. Teachers must be willing to log in several times per week, engage in group discussions, and be willing to share strategies with fellow teachers.

If you want to join this exciting community of educators, please contact Nick Yingling at nyingling@learnnc.org.