Established in 1988, the Teaching Resources Center (TRC) contains children and young adult materials, K-12 North Carolina state adopted textbooks, multi-media, kits, and reference resources. The department primarily serves students enrolled in teacher education programs and educators in eastern North Carolina.
The mission of the Teaching Resources Center is to facilitate teaching and learning initiatives by providing resources and services to educators at all levels.
To serve as a model resource center by:
Developing and maintaining a birth to 12th grade collection
Conducting reference and instruction
Providing outreach to area schools and educators
Supporting educators with technology and equipment in the Ann Rhem Schwarzmann Production Center
Teaching Resources Center Collections materials;
Biographies: Biographies in the TRC’s collection are used by elementary, middle and high school age students.
Big Books: The TRC offers a wide selection of Big Books. A Big Book is an enlarged version of a beginning reading book, incorporating very large print and pictures. Big Books are educational tools often used to instruct groups of emergent readers.
Children’s Award Book Collection Plan: The Teaching Resources Center automatically acquires various Children’s Award Books each year.
Easy Fiction/Picture Books: Easy Fiction Books are illustrated stories that are written for birth to grade 2 children. The TRC’s picture book collection includes copies of Caldecott Medal award winners and honor books as well as other prominent children’s award books.
Mixed Media Collection: The TRC’s Mixed Media collection contains read-a-longs, CDs, MP3s, audio cassettes, flashcards, and other media used by K-12 students and educators.
Nonfiction Books: The Nonfiction collection contains materials for birth to grade 12 readers. Titles in the TRC’s nonfiction collection correspond to the content areas of the Common Core Standards and the North Carolina Essential Standards, as well as informational topics of interest to school-aged children. Additionally, the TRC’s collection of folktales and poetry are located within this collection. The TRC’s nonfiction collection includes copies of prominent children’s award winning books including the Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 award winners.
Professional Collection: The Professional Collection contains teaching materials and other valuable resources for K-12 educators. The collection includes books pertaining to classroom activities, lesson planning, bulletin boards, and instructional methods.
Reference Books: The non-circulating reference collection contains reference materials for elementary, middle and high school age students as well as professional reference materials for educators.
Review Center: The TRC serves as a review center for publishers of children’s materials and invites educators, including pre-service teachers, to review and evaluate the titles within the collection.
Ronnie Barnes African-American Resource Collection: The Ronnie Barnes collection contains children’s books written by and/or about African-Americans. The collection contains many award winning books, including Coretta Scott King award winners and honor titles.
Teaching Aids: The tactile objects in the Teaching Aids Collection are used by educators to reinforce learning and teach new skills. These objects are often referred to as manipulatives.
Textbooks: The TRC collection contains both North Carolina State Adopted K-12 Textbooks and supplementary K-12 textbooks.