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TEACHERS REPOSITORY

STANDARD 4: TEACHERS FACILITATE LEARNING FOR THE STUDENTS

C. Uses a Variety of Instructional Methods


21st Century Learning: Putting on Global Lenses
Kindergarten-12th, Social Studies, DPI
The course will examine local and global educational trends and enable teachers to recognize the in?uences of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, and other aspects of culture on a student's development, personality and school performance. It will also aid teachers in considering and incorporating different points of view in their instructional planning. Components of the training will assist teachers in providing evidence for Standards II, III, and IV of the Teacher Evaluation Tool.


Responsiveness to Instruction
Kindergarten-12th, Responsiveness to Instruction, DPI
Professional development is designed to prepare LEA and school teams on the basic foundation and implementation strategies of Responsiveness to Instruction (RtI). The training consists of a series of modules that cover the following topics: Problem-Solving; Functional Assessment; Instruction and Interventions in Reading, Math and Positive Behavior Support: School Presentations; Planning; and Resources.


Positive Behavior Support (PBIS)
Kindergarten-12th, Leadership, DPI
PBIS training provides systematic and individualized strategies for achieving important social and learning outcomes while preventing problem behavior with all students. Training is conducted with school teams that are representative of the staff at their home schools. By training school teams in the principles and practices of PBIS, schools are able to design a system for teaching and encouraging respectful & responsible behaviors, use data to support decision making and continuous improvement, and create an individualized total school climate that supports staff and student behavior and encourages family engagement. The team attends three two-day-each modules to learn the information needed to begin PBIS implementation at their school. They assign team roles, determine effective data management strategies and begin to build a repertoire of behavior management skills. The team determines how to integrate the use of research-based behavior strategies in their school setting to decrease negative behaviors while increasing positive behaviors and student achievement. For more information about training dates and locations, interested schools should contact the PBIS regional coordinator for their area listed on the linked page.


Reading Foundations
Kindergarten-12th, English Language Arts, DPI
Reading Foundations training was designed to introduce teachers to the knowledge, skills and procedures needed to provide effective instruction for students with persistent reading difficulties. The training is five days in length and is derived directly from the extensive research-based literature available on teaching students with severe reading difficulties. It reflects the findings of two National reports addressing the instructional needs of students with reading problems: Teaching Children to Read, a report of the National Reading Panel, and Preventing Reading Problems of Young Children, a report sponsored by the National Reading Council of the National Academy of Sciences.


Math Foundations
Kindergarten-12th, Mathematics, DPI
Math Foundations training provides a framework for providing instruction to students with mathematics difficulties. The training is five days in length and covers seven Components of Number Sense. It addresses teacher modeling, student verbal rehearsal of that modeling, and use of visuals or multiple representations to develop conceptual understanding. The research of Sharon Griffin, John Woodward, Liping Ma, Richard E. Mayer and the National Research Council have been used to develop the training and provide insight into instructional strategies that provide a framework for developing the Big Ideas of Mathematics.


A Crash Course in ESL
Kindergarten-12th, English Language Learners, LEARN NC
Grasp pedagogy, policy and procedure for teaching and working with English language learners. This course provides a concise overview of strategies and best practices for all teachers, administrators, and support staff working with English language learners.


A Crash Course in ESL for Administrators
Administrators, English Language Learners, LEARN NC
For most ESL students, their entire lives have just changed, including their home, food, friends, customs, and ways of life. This course will prepare administrators to work with and understand ESL students and parents, and to establish a welcoming environment for English language learners.


Accessibility, Usability and Visual Design - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
We'll introduce you to basic web-design, accessibility, and usability principles. You'll learn how much the placement of materials, the use of graphics, and even color and font styles can affect students' success in your online course.


Adolescent Literacy for Middle Grades (formerly Reading in the Content Area for Middle School Teachers)
6th-9th, English Language Arts, LEARN NC
Help your students become more strategic readers. You'll improve your own reading comprehension by teaching and modeling a variety of reading strategies. This course will introduce you to literacy resources and reading tools that will assist and enhance daily instruction.


Adolescent Literacy: English Language Arts Comprehension Strategies
10th-12th, English Language Arts, LEARN NC
Boost student achievement by increasing your students' literacy skills. You'll learn the methods to improve your students' reading comprehension, a crucial skill for thinking critically, making decisions, and defending one's views and opinions.


Adolescent Literacy: Social Studies Comprehension Strategies
10th-12th, Social Studies, LEARN NC
Boost your students' achievement in social studies—and in life—by helping them improve their reading comprehension. Understanding the curriculum begins with the ability to read and comprehend information.


African American History to 1950
Kindergarten-12th, Social Studies, LEARN NC
Revamp your Black History Month curriculum with primary sources. By examining slave testimonies, photographs, oral histories, and more from around the U.S. and North Carolina, you'll look at African American history the way a professional historian would.


American Indians in North Carolina
Kindergarten-12th, Social Studies, LEARN NC
Explore the experiences of American Indians in North Carolina from the period before European colonization through the present, including a look at primary sources and present-day controversies. (Learn more)


American Indians in the United States
Kindergarten-12th, Social Studies, LEARN NC
Unintentional stereotyping by textbooks, educational materials, instructors, students, parents, and more can obscure the truth about American Indian history. In this course, you'll look at the diversity and variety of American Indian history from the earliest evidence of human habitation through the present day. Archaeological finds, treaties, oral histories, photographs, and more will enrich your exploration of Native American history nationwide.


Archaelogy and North Carolina's First Peoples
Kindergarten-12th, Leadership, LEARN NC
This online course explores the science of archaeology and North Carolina's human past. Participants will be introduced to inquiry-based activities that can be adapted to meet their own teaching objectives. The course is open to educators of all subjects and grade levels.


Assessment and Evaluation in Your Online Course - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Plan and create engaging online activities and assessments. This course provides a collection of resources and exercises that define the unique assessment process of online courses. You'll gain the tools to create activities that ensure students meet your online learning objectives.


Beginning Teacher Success
Kindergarten-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Start your teaching career knowing LEARN NC is here to support you. Learn to manage your classroom, develop effective lesson plans, and incorporate course activities and assignments into your individual teaching style.


Biodiversity in Your Backyard
Kindergarten-5th, Science, LEARN NC
Designed especially for teachers of elementary-aged students, this course will expand your life science content knowledge with material aligned to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. You will have two classrooms during this course—the interactive, online classroom and your own backyard!


Civil Rights Movement in Context
Kindergarten-12th, Social Studies, LEARN NC
Many students know little of the Civil Rights Movement other than Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. Go beyond the movement's familiar figures and relive the experiences of the freedom riders, the students in the SNCC, and the countless everyday people who marched, boycotted, protested, and volunteered to make the movement happen. We'll explore the Civil Rights Movement from all of these perspectives using first-hand accounts from the people who lived this important history.


Collaboration and Teaching in a Virtual World - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Whether they're assisting teammates in a tactical military battle in Halo or working together in the depths of a dungeon to slay a monster in World of Warcraft, our students are well-acquainted with collaboration in a virtual environment. In this course, you'll explore the online world known as Second Life, learning its communication systems, avatar creation, and how it can enhance student collaboration.


Designing a Virtual Field Trip
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Use internet resources to design a “virtual field trip” for your students. You'll study strategies and resources to create effective and engaging learning experiences for your students that are aligned to state and national standards.


Developing Your Online Course - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Build your own online course from scratch, or revise one of ours. Developing Your Online Course teaches you the design and development strategies you need to create your course online.


Differentiating Instruction in Online Courses - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Reach every learner by tailoring your instruction to address students' unique learning styles. You'll develop differentiated components for your own online course by creating practical assignments and by modifying content and assessments.


Discovering Linear Functions Through Technology
8th-12th, Mathematics, LEARN NC
This course will help you learn to integrate technology into the teaching of functions to help remove the mystery and engage students in deeper understanding of this important concept.


English I and Web 2.0 Tools in 1:1 Technology Settings
9th-12th, English Language Arts, LEARN NC
In this workshop, participants will experiment with many free web tools each week to develop lessons that correspond to the six strands in the English I North Carolina Standard Course of Study (NCSCOS).


Facilitating Online Collaboration - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Communicating online is very different from the familiar experiences of face-to-face communication. Master the nuances of communicating in a virtual environment, and develop the skills to foster effective, lively collaboration and discussion in your online class.


Getting Ready for Algebra by Using Virtual Manipulatives
7th-12th, Mathematics, LEARN NC
Make algebra more concrete for students by introducing virtual manipulatives into your classroom. Virtual manipulatives allow students to visualize algebraic concepts and see math in action. By the end of the course, you will complete a technology-enhanced classroom project for your students that is aligned to standards set by the state and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.


Getting Started in the 1:1 Classroom
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Leveraging technology in a 1:1 classroom can create an exciting learning experience for students and instructors, but it requires a shift pedagogy. This workshop will explore aspects of teaching in a 1:1 classroom such as safety and ethics, copyright and fair use, designing lessons for a 1:1 classroom, and more.


Innovate to Transform the Classroom with Web 2.0 Tools
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, Technology Integration, LEARN NC
Integrate technology such as Web 2.0 tools and mobile learning devices into your teaching to create engaging learning experiences for your students. By taking advantage of the latest classroom technology, you can help your students communicate, share ideas, and collaborate with students across the globe.


Integrating Primary Sources into the Social Studies Classroom
7th-12th, Social Studies, LEARN NC
Promote 21st century skills such as critical thinking and media literacy by infusing your curriculum with primary sources. Find out how you can incorporate these challenging, engaging materials into your teaching. You'll develop a personal collection of web-based resources for curricular use, as well as create preliminary plans to enhance a curriculum unit.


Investigative Science for Middle School Teachers
6th-8th, Science, LEARN NC
How do your students define science? Do they see science everywhere in their lives, or is it something that only happens at school? This course will help you apply scientific investigation in your classroom, creating a culture of curiosity, inquiry, and experimentation to keep your students engaged.


Learning and Teaching with Web 2.0 Tools
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
In this workshop, participants will be exposed to many of the tools of the Read/Write Web and will get the chance to experiment with new tools each week.


Lesson Planning for English Language Learners Using the WIDA/ELP Standards
Kindergarten-12th, English Language Learners, LEARN NC
This course provides ESL teachers and regular K-12 classroom teachers an opportunity to plan lessons using the NC Standard Course of Study for Limited English Proficient students, known as the WIDA/ELP Standards.


Moodle Training - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Want to teach an online course yourself? Learn the basics of teaching in the Moodle online course management system.


Planning Instruction with the National STEM Digital Library
6th-8th, Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, LEARN NC
Explore the myriad resources available to you for free through the National STEM Digital Library (NSDL). You will learn to use this great collection to find and implement the tools most relevant to your classroom.


Practicum in Online Teaching - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Teach your online course with a pilot group of students or teachers. An experienced online-learning mentor will guide you through typical problem areas. The Practicum in Online Teaching may be done in conjunction with your school or county, and even as part of your normal teaching load.


Promoting Reading Comprehension Skills in the Middle School Classroom
6th-8th, Reading, English Language Arts, LEARN NC
Researchers have found that teaching specific reading strategies leads to better reading comprehension. This workshop will help you prepare your students to become active and purposeful readers who think about their text before, during, and after reading.


Scaffolding Content for English Language Learners (K-5)
Kindergarten-5th, English Language Learners, LEARN NC
Acquire effective strategies for reaching ESL students in your classroom. This course will help you relate to students' lives and cultural struggles as they adapt to a new language.


Science 2.0: Using Web Tools to Promote Inquiry-Based Science
7th-12th, Science, LEARN NC
Use online resources to enhance inquiry-based teaching and learning in your science course. Over the course of this six session workshop, you'll familiarize yourself with science-themed websites, online collaborative projects, science blogs and wikis, and the mapping applications Google Maps and Google Earth.


Scientific Inquiry for Elementary Teachers
Kindergarten-5th, Science, LEARN NC
Don't feel intimidated while teaching science just because it's not your specialty. This course will help you impart the value (and fun) of inquiry-based science to your students. By applying scientific inquiry in your classroom, you'll create a culture of curiosity, investigation, and experimentation.


Teaching English Language Learners in Your Online Course - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, English Language Learners, LEARN NC
Improve English language learners' comprehension and communication in your online course. This course will help you understand and address communication and cultural barriers ELLs face in online courses. You'll identify and practice communication strategies for improving ELL comprehension, and learn to create a welcoming, inclusive community.


Teaching Online Courses - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Take your teaching into a new realm—the online classroom. You'll learn the pedagogy of online courses, experience the realities and complexities of online learning, and discover specific techniques for successfully building an online learning community.


Teaching World Languages Online - Carolina Online Teacher Program
Kindergarten-12th, Foreign Language, LEARN NC
Enhance language learning by taking advantage of the online environment and new technology. You'll develop techniques for fostering student independence as language learners, use technology to target specific language-acquisition skills, and create an authentic language-learning activity.


Using Digital Portfolios to Foster Student Learning
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Take an in-depth look at the power of digital portfolios to document student learning. Explore a variety of tools for creating and assembling digital portfolios, and investigate portfolio component criteria.


Using Patterns to Develop Algebraic Thinking
6th-8th, Mathematics, LEARN NC
Explore the nature of algebraic thinking, and create strategies for encouraging its development in your middle school mathematics students.


Virtual Mentoring: e-Commerce I
9th-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
First time teaching e-Commerce I? Learn strategies from the original online course developer to make your students competitive in online business. Virtual Mentoring: e-Commerce I will take you through the full course of study for students, including discussions and activities for you to explore how best to teach this exciting course.


Virtual Mentoring: e-Commerce II
9th-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Consider this your black belt in e-commerce instruction. Learn how you can teach students to master advanced Web development skills, including design software and electronic commerce security.


Virtual Mentoring: Biology
9th-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
New teachers often get stuck with the toughest teaching assignments. Even experienced instructors can get thrown for a loop if they're tasked with teaching an unfamiliar subject. If you're an inexperienced biology teacher, turn to LEARN NC's Virtual Mentoring program for guidance.


Virtual Mentoring: Civics
9th-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
If you're an inexperienced civics teacher, turn to LEARN NC for expert help. Your mentor will guide you through the curriculum. Your time commitment will be minimal. And best of all, it's yours at no cost to you, your school, or your LEA.


Virtual Mentoring: English I
9th-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Learn the ins and outs of teaching English I for the first time. LEARN NC's Virtual Mentoring Program will guide you through the curriculum, plus tricky areas for new teachers such as classroom management, parent conferences, and preparing for the end-of-course exam.


Virtual Mentoring: United States History
9th-12th, Professional Support/Leadership, LEARN NC
Learn the ins and outs of teaching United States History for the first time. LEARN NC's Virtual Mentoring Program will guide you through the curriculum, plus tricky areas for new teachers such as classroom management and parent conferences.