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October 2014

FEATURED Resources: Law Enforcer or Law Breaker? Governor Holden & the Kirk-Holden War

North Carolina Governor William Holden:  was he a leader or a tyrant?  In this lesson, students will learn about William Holden, the first US governor to be impeached and removed from office. Reviewing primary source documents regarding Holden’s actions throughout the 1860s & 70s, students will work with partners in an inquiry activity to learn about the events that led to Holden’s impeachment.  As a culminating activity, students will participate in a mock impeachment trial to determine Holden’s fate.

Law Enforcer or Law Breaker: Governor Holden & the Kirk-Holden WarAccompanying PPT

 News Updates

1. Win a Chance to attend “Small Treasures: Dutch & Flemish Art 16th and 17th Centuries” at the NC Museum of Art
Deadline: Friday, October 3 at 5pm

Someone was kind enough to donate a seat so that one K-12 teacher could attend the UNC Program in the Humanities’ Adventures in Ideas seminar, “Small Treasures: Dutch & Flemish Art 16th and 17th Centuries” at the NC Museum of Art for FREE.

To enter the contest, send an email with your name, school, and phone number to CEC Special Projects Director, Paul Bonnici at by Friday, October 3 at 5pm.

A winner will be chosen at random.  The winner will be announced and notified via email on Monday, October 6.

For more information about the “Small Treasures” seminar and exhibit, click here.

2. Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with A Home on the Field
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30-day period. (Source:

If you’re interested in honoring Hispanic Heritage Month in your classroom, the Civic Education Consortium has developed curriculum for Paul Cuardos’s book, A Home on the Field. This book places a spotlight on the people impacted by America’s immigration policies by chronicling Cuadros’s struggle to start up a soccer team at an increasingly Hispanic public high school in Siler City, North Carolina  — and how that team grappled with acceptance on the playing field and off. Through the stories of the young Latino soccer players, Cuadros also addresses the surge of Latino immigrants into North Carolina throughout the 1990s, as well as the culture clashes experienced between the newcomers and long time residents. With its focus on youth athletes, their personal stories, and their own struggles through the process of immigration, “A Home on the Field” is a valuable resource for educators teaching about immigration in their classroom. The following three lesson plans, which use excerpts from the book to teach about immigration in North Carolina, can be taught individually or in unison. For teachers who have time to integrate the entire book into their curriculum, a reading guide is also included.

3. New Set of Released Items for the NC Final Exams Available in September (Fall 2014)
The NCDPI/Test Development Section is finalizing a set of released items for each NC Final Exam.  Released item sets will be posted as they are completed.  Several are already available at  All released items are expected to be available by October 1. Another TNN message will be posted when all released item sets are available so you can share this information with your district.

The 2013-14 NC Final Exams evolved from the 2012-13 Measures of Student Learning: NC Common Exams. The normal test development process allows for at least one year of field testing prior to the embedding of additional field test items during the operational administration.  Two years of field test item development normally yields enough items to release a full form while maintaining an item pool for building new forms. The test administration time was increased from 90 minutes in 2012-13 (Measures of Student Learning: NC Common Exams in 2012-13) to 120 minutes in 2013-14 (NC Final Exams). Although the increase in test administration time allowed for a limited amount of field test item embedding there are not enough items to release a full form in September 2014.  Instead of waiting until September 2015, the NCDPI will release a set of items for each NC Final Exam in September 2014. We expect to add more released items in September 2015 creating a full released form over time.

The fall 2014 sets of released items were administered to students during a previous test administration. The released items may not reflect the breadth of the standards assessed and/or the range of item difficulty found on the NC Final Exam. The answer key is different from released forms or items in the past. The following are new features:

  •  The answer keys will now contain standard- and clarifying objective-level information about each item.  Previously only the unifying concept, primary strand, primary standard, competency goal, etc. was released for each item.
  • The answer key contains a new column titled Percent Correct. The percentage of students who answered the item correctly will be listed for each item.
  • The booklet will also contain a description for each standard addressed in the released item set.  All assessed standards will not be listed. Only the standards addressed by the released items will be listed. Links to a complete list of standards are printed in the booklets for reference.

Additional information about the NC Final Exam is available in the Assessment Specification for each exam located at  The assessment specifications will be revised and reposted no later than October 17.  They will be revised to reflect the removal of constructed response items for some exams and to include additional information about the number or percentage of items at each standard.

Current Opportunities

1. Hidden Histories: Is it FACT or FICTION?
Generously funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
Dates: November 7 – 8, 2014
Location: NC Museum of History, Raleigh

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History and the NC Civic Education Consortium for an exciting encore to our summer series, “Hidden Histories: What Your NC History Textbook Left Out.” This two-day session, “Hidden Histories: Is it FACT or FICTION?,” is designed to deepen our understanding of diverse history while examining topics in a new light to determine if what you’re teaching is fact—or possibly fiction. Middle and high school teachers interested in thinking critically about history and how it is taught, as well as gaining a more comprehensive and multi-didactic understanding of neglected people and events throughout history, do not want to miss this workshop!

This two-day program will focus on a different time period and dynamically integrate:

  • Lectures from university scholars – As part of the agenda, teachers will be provided the opportunity to return to the role of students themselves as they expand their content knowledge in discussions and presentations from professors, authors, and scholars of North Carolina and American history.
  •  Interaction with the NC History Museum’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit – More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components throughout this exhibit.
  •  Pedagogical exploration – Teachers will explore how to use art, theatre and primary sources to actively engage students in social studies, as well as participate in parts of lesson plans designed by the CEC for the middle and high school classroom.


  • 1.5 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium
    • While lesson plans will be written with the middle and high school social studies classroom in mind, any interested educator who teaches the topics covered can attend, with the understanding that resources provided may need modified.
  • Special access to the exhibits and resources at the NC History Museum
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday evening for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from the NC History Museum. Additionally, participants residing more than 375 round trip miles from the NC History Museum can request a Thursday evening as well.

Click to download the registration form.

(**Please note registrants who have not participated in another session in the Hidden Histories series will be given registration priority.)

This program is generously supported by the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust

2. The Program in the Humanities and Human Values Announces their Fall “Adventures in Ideas” Seminar Schedule
Register now to secure a spot in a general seminar offered by the Program in the Humanities. K-12 Teachers receive a 50% discount off tuition and a $75 travel stipend as a part of the Daisy Edmister Fund. Seminars are Friday evening and Saturday morning or all-day Saturday. Receive credit for 10 contact hours of continuing education. While these programs are designed for a general audience and do not include pedagogical training or lesson plans (unlike the Consortium’s teacher trainings, which include a combination of pedagogy, curriculum exploration and scholar lectures), these seminars are still an excellent way for teachers to expand their content knowledge in various topics.

Topics and dates are:

For more information about these opportunities and to register, visit or call 919-962-1544 or email

Register today to secure a seat!

3. DPI Wants Your Feedback Regarding the Implementation of the Social Studies Essential Standards
Deadline: October 7
DPI invites you to share your feedback regarding the implementation of the Social Studies Essential Standards by accessing this link: .  The data collected will be used to determine if additional support materials and professional learning opportunities are needed to implement the K-12 Social Studies Essential Standards. Please have your feedback completed in time for the Social Studies Leaders Institute.  The survey will close October 7th.


4. World View’s 2014 K-12 Global Education Symposium: “Global Education: Moving North Carolina Forward”
Dates: October 22 – 23
Location: The Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC at Chapel Hill
Co-sponsored by the NC State Board of Education / Department of Public Instruction

 This symposium addresses an important topic for North Carolina’s 21st century educators: “Moving North Carolina Forward.” This symposium offers general and concurrent sessions examining the world’s most pressing challenges and resources for integrating global themes across the curriculum. There will also be support for school-based teams to create an Action Plan for adding a global dimension to school and district initiatives. This program is designed for K-12 administrators and teachers in all disciplines, and educators will leave the program with strategies for helping their students learn about and with the world.

For information and to register:

5. A Letter to Teachers from the Director of the Holocaust Speakers Bureau
The Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of North Carolina, Inc. (also known as The Holocaust Speakers Bureau) is a non-profit organization that provides speakers who will come to your classrooms and talk to your students (provided your school is an hour or less from Chapel Hill*). Our speakers include Holocaust survivors, liberators of concentration camps, and recent refugees to our community from countries experiencing genocide and mass atrocities, such as Sudan, Rwanda and Myanmar.

There is nothing more powerful than a first-hand account of a survivor who has lived through the Holocaust or a more recent genocide. We are fortunate to have a group of these individuals who live in our area and are eager to share their experiences with students and teachers. But time is running out for our aging Holocaust survivors and liberators, who will not be with us for much longer.  That is why it is essential to act now and take advantage of this unique and important learning opportunity.

As you know, the North Carolina school curriculum covering the Holocaust and recent genocides varies greatly. No matter what course you teach, we have a speaker who will fit your classroom needs and complement your coursework. (Visit our website at to read brief biographies of our speakers.)

We have recently added an interactive component to our presentations, encouraging students to link the history of the Holocaust with current issues, including hate crimes, abuse of power, bullying and ongoing genocides, such as in Sudan. A, recent refugee from a country experiencing mass atrocities, for example,  can be paired with a visit by a Holocaust survivor, providing a rare opportunity to examine current global issues and lessons learned from the past. A custom made presentation will be planned with your assistance.

Other opportunities available to educators and students include:

  • For schools that are more than an hour drive from Chapel Hill, the Holocaust Speakers Bureau is currently developing an online archive of survivor testimony as well as partnering with the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium to create classroom curriculum utilizing these testimonies.  For more information about this project, contact CEC Director of K-12 Outreach, Christie Norris at*
  • Assigning a student to interview a Holocaust survivor or liberator. Students will have a rare opportunity to engage in a dialogue with one of these brave individuals who overcame unthinkable conditions caused by man’s inhumanity to man.
  • Hosting a traveling exhibit, free of charge, on one of four topics related to the Holocaust and genocide:  1) Kindertransport―the life-saving journey of 10,000 children; 2) The political cartoons of Dr. Seuss; 3) Fences, Walls and Butterflies―children confronting the Holocaust through art and 4) Triumph of Life―Jewish resistance and the power of the will to survive.
  • Presenting a performance of the one-woman show, Etty, the story of Etty Hillesum and her personal form of resistance against the Nazis.
  • Convening a panel discussion with multiple survivors, liberators and refugees. Give your students an opportunity to hear these unique North Carolina residents, who make classroom lessons come alive.

Please visit the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of North Carolina’s website ( for more information (e.g., learn more about two annual competitions for middle and high school students.) You can arrange for a visit from one of our speakers by contacting me by email.

Warm regards,

Sharon Halperin, Executive Director
Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of North Carolina, Inc.

Click here to download the HSB brochure.

(*Indicates additions made by the NC Civic Education Consortium)

6. The NC Museum of History Offers Travel Grants & Workshops for NC Public School Teachers.
Deadline: December 1, 2014.

The NC Museum of History announces that travel grants will be available to North Carolina public schools this fall to help cover part of transportation costs to the museum in Raleigh. Your North Carolina school may qualify. Title I public schools, Title VII American Indian schools, and other schools with a high percentage of low-income or at-risk students have priority. The travel grants are made possible by a $50,000 investment from Duke Energy through the Duke Energy Foundation and by a gift from the Museum of History Associates.

In addition to transportation grants, Duke Energy will award 100 tuition-free, online professional development workshops for classroom teachers. The museum offers eight different online courses throughout the year, and North Carolina educators can earn up to 40 contact hours of continuing education credits for each class completed. For details on class topics or to register for a workshop, click here.

To request an application for a travel grant, e-mail Kate Betka at or call 919-807-7984. Apply early. All applications must be received by Dec. 1, 2014.

For more information about the NC Museum of History, visit their website:

7. Science Spotlight – applications for free science literacy curriculum now open
The NC Science Festival has developed the Science Spotlight curriculum to get high school students talking about hot topics in science: nuclear energy and fracking. Students will also have the unique opportunity to continue the discussion with a Festival-paired expert in the field.

For 2015, this program will be available from September through April, and teachers can participate in both fall and spring semesters.

In addition to science teachers, economics and civics teachers are also encouraged to apply! The Festival has experts in law, land use policy and economics to speak with your students about these interdisciplinary topics.

Get more info or apply online: • 919-962-3274

About the Festival: The NC Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology, April 10-26, 2015. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

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