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TEACHERS REPOSITORY

STANDARD 5: TEACHERS REFLECT ON THEIR OWN PRACTICE

C. Functions Effectively in a Complex, Dynamic Environment


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.


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.


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.


Classroom Assessment Enhanced by Technology
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Discover effective principles of classroom assessment in all grade levels and subject areas. You'll review formative and performance assessment, backwards design, and various methods including rubrics and electronic portfolios.


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.


Data-Driven Decision Making: Using Objective Measures to Improve Student Learning
Kindergarten-12th, Leadership, LEARN NC
Identifying, analyzing and acting on the right data can help you improve student learning and achievement. In this course you'll create an action plan to guide instructional change in your classroom.


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.


Internet Safety for Schools in the Digital Era in 1:1 Computing Environments
Kindergarten-12th, 21st Century Skills, LEARN NC
Internet Safety in Schools, co-developed by NEIRTEC (Northeast and the Islands Regional Technology in Education Consortium), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), and SERC (Satellite Educational Resources Consortium), is an online course designed to help school administrators understand their specific options for protecting children when they access the Internet over a school-based or statewide educational network.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.