Alumni News

Ross White (A.B.Ed. ’97) named N.C. director of national online learning initiative

Ross White has been named North Carolina’s statewide director of e-Learning for Educators (eLE), a federally funded teacher development program. White is associate director of LEARN NC, the Internet-based teacher resource program at the School of Education.

In this new role, White will oversee several North Carolina educational organizations in a partnership with nine other states dedicated to creating and sharing online teacher development courses. Participating states are able to use one another’s online content, providing a rich array of development resources for educators. 

“We’re very excited at LEARN NC to be a part of this collaboration and to have Ross serving as director for North Carolina,” said LEARN NC Executive Director Melissa Thibault. “We believe our courses, coupled with those of other states, will be a fantastic asset for all North Carolina teachers.”

White and LEARN NC have teamed with the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University, UNC-TV, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and the North Carolina Virtual Public School to create online courses for eLE. In addition to North Carolina, participating states include Alabama, Delaware, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Courses will begin January 2009.

LEARN NC, an agency of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, serves more than 30,000 teachers and students daily. In addition to online teacher training, LEARN NC delivers lesson plans, best practices and classroom content at no cost to schools in 50 states, 145 countries and all 115 North Carolina school systems via www.learnnc.org.