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E. Helps Students Develop Critical-Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Introduction to Online Learning
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Are you interested in taking an online course, but unsure where to begin? Maybe you're a little nervous about not seeing your instructor and your classmates in-person. If so, Introduction to Online Learning is the course for you. This course introduces first-time online learners to the characteristics, requirements, tools, and practices of distance learning.

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.

Modern Math Teaching: Creating a Culture of Curiosity through Multimedia
6th-12th, Mathematics, LEARN NC
Examine the specific failings of traditional mathematical instruction, then develop useful solutions to those problems using multimedia and a classroom culture of curiosity. By the end of this course, you will be able to convert interesting media into challenging learning experiences for your own students.

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.

Reading, Writing and Research: Integrating Literacy across the Curriculum
Kindergarten-12th, English Language Arts, LEARN NC
Turn your students into savvy consumers of information. Explore reading and writing instruction and information literacy concepts, and learn to effectively integrate these literacy skills into your teaching, regardless of the subject or grade level.

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.

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.

Teaching Writing in the Middle School Classroom
6th-8th, English Language Arts, LEARN NC
All students have the capacity to be good writers, and writers learn to write by writing. Explore teaching students through mini-lessons, writing conferences, and how to use established criteria to evaluate writing. This course will take you through the entire instructional cycle, from writing prompt to revision.

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.