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April 2014

FEATURED Resources: Hero Abroad, Second Class Citizen at Home: John Seagraves, African-Americans & World War II

In this lesson, students will learn about the various contributions and difficulties faced by African Americans during World War II.  Students will study various primary source documents, participate in a PowerPoint centered discussion, and read excerpts from Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Story, which shares the story of John Seagraves, an African American man who served in the US Navy aboard the USS North Carolina (the most decorated battleship of WWII.) The lesson culminates with a project where students are responsible for creating a book cover about a topic for an anthology of African Americans and World War II.

Special thanks to John Seagraves for his service during World War II and to David Seagraves, the author of Uncommon Hero, for sharing his father’s story.

**Check out the CEC’s Uncommon Hero contest under the “News Updates” section of “CEC News” for your chance to win a free copy of Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Story**

 News Updates

1. Win a Free Copy of “Uncommon Hero”
Deadline: April 30th at 5:00PM
Drawing: May 1, 2014

The CEC is pleased to announce that David Seagraves, the author of Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Story, has graciously donated two copies of his book to be raffled off to two North Carolina educators.  Uncommon Hero is the story of John Seagraves, a young man raised by the Great Depression, trained by the U.S. Navy, and tested by both war and society. Now 85 years young, John’s fiery character demonstrates the same drive, fearlessness and determination in civilian life that made him a little known war hero.”

To participate in the contest, you must be a current K-12 teacher, principal, or curriculum coordinator.  To enter the contest, send an email to CEC Project Director, Paul Bonnici, at with the subject line, “Uncommon Hero Contest”.  The contest deadline is April 30th at 5:00pm.  Two winners will be selected at random by the CEC Staff on May 1, 2014.  The winner’s will be notified via email and will be mentioned in the May edition of “CEC News”

If you have any questions about the contest, email Paul Bonnici at

To purchase a copy of Uncommon Hero, and to learn more about John Seagraves, please visit

2. Help Your Students Learn About Local Government with the ICMA’s Life, Well Run Campaign
Today, few people understand the critical role that professional local government management plays in creating communities that people are proud to call home.

A Harris Interactive poll found that while a third of citizens know that professional city managers oversee the day-to-day operations of their communities, only five percent can describe what a professional manager does or the important role he or she plays in shaping a community

In response, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has created the Life, Well Run campaign.  This is an opportunity to highlight the critical value that professional local government managers deliver to the communities we serve. It is designed to raise public awareness of how professional managers build effective local government and great communities. It also aims to inspire the next generation of professional local government managers.

As part of the Life, Well Run campaign the ICMA has produced a series of short video clips that are perfect for educators who teach about local government.  They can be used as warm up activities and/or as part of a lesson about the roles and responsibilities of professional managers.

For more information about the Life, Well Run campaign, click here.

To access the Life, Well Run videos (via their YouTube channel), click here.

3. The CEC is Now Taking Curriculum Requests!
Is there a particular topic for which you would like to request a lesson plan? The Consortium is working on adding to its Database of K-12 Resources and is taking requests! If there is a topic you find difficult to teach or make interesting for your students, or a topic for which you feel resources are lacking, let us know! Contact Christie Norris at and share details of what you’d like us to develop.

Current Opportunities

1. “Hold These Truths”: Reflection on Japanese Internment During World War II
April 25, 11:30 AM-9:15 PM (includes lunch, dinner& theatre performance of “Hold These Truths”)
April 26,  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM (an optional panel discussion will take place from Noon – 1 PM)
*Register NOW!! Only a few spaces remain.*

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hold These Truths: Reflection on Japanese Internment During World War II.”

Over one hundred thousand Japanese men, women, and children—the majority of whom were American citizens—were removed from their homes and relocated to camps under the watchful eye of the government. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore the many complicated issues that arose from this extralegal act by the US government throughout this unique two day event, which will include a mixture of lectures for expanding content knowledge as well as pedagogical exploration addressing ways to convey this period of history to middle and high school students.

Questions to be considered include: What happened to Japanese-American families and communities as a result of the detention? How would Japanese-American men react to the military draft? What did internment and exclusion mean for mixed-race couples?

In addition, teachers will receive free admittance PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 production of Jeanne Sakata’s critically acclaimed play, Hold These Truths, inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi.

During World War II, student Gordon Hirabayashi fought the US government’s orders to forcibly incarcerate people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. Struggling to reconcile his country’s betrayal with his passionate belief in the Constitution, the play addresses his journey toward greater understanding of America’s triumphs – and confrontation with its failures.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore a seldom discussed aspect of controversial American history!


  • 1.2 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 social studies classroom in mind, language arts teachers are also welcome to attend, with the understanding that materials may need modification for use in the LA classroom.
  • Admittance into Hold These Truths at Kenan Theatre, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Lunch & dinner on Friday
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill.

For more information and to download the registration form, click here.

2. Hidden Histories: What your NC history Textbook Left Out
A professional development series to be held throughout the summer at the NC History Museum in Raleigh, NC

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History ( and the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hidden Histories: What your NC history textbook left out,” an exciting professional development series designed to deepen educator knowledge of less known state and national history. Middle and high school teachers interested in gaining a more comprehensive and multi-didactic understanding of neglected people and events throughout history, in order to better engage their students’ interest and curiosity in our state and nation’s past, do not want to miss these three summer workshops!

Each 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.
Workshop Topics & Dates
Teachers can sign up for one or more of the workshops within the Hidden Histories series. Further details are available in the registration form.
Colonization, Revolution and the New Nation – JUNE 26-27, 2014
  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, June 13
  • Sample sessions will include
    • A Parallel Struggle for Freedom: African Americans in the Revolutionary War, Dr. Reginald Hildebrand, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Bloody North Carolina: Colonial Conflicts and Clashes, Dr. Wayne Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Native Ground: Indian Culture & the Impact of Colonization, Dr. Kathleen Duval, UNC-Chapel Hill
Civil War & Reconstruction – JULY 17-18, 2014
  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Monday, July 7
  • Sample sessions will include
  • “As the War Turns” – Exploring the Drama of the Civil War, Dr. Margaret Humphries, Duke University
  • North Carolina’s Freed Black Communities, Dr. Freddie Parker, NC Central University
  • Quakers and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina, Dr. Gwen Ericson, Guilford College
Civil Rights in the Modern Century – AUGUST 7-8, 2014
  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, July 25
  • Sample sessions will include:
    • Against their Will: North Carolina’s Eugenics Program, Professor Alfred Brophy, UNC School of Law
    • §  Right to Ride: The Fight for Civil Rights in the Early 1900s, Dr. Blair Kelley, NC State University
    • North Carolina & Latino Immigration, Paul Cuadros, UNC-Chapel Hill
PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE (for each individual workshop attended)
  • 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 Thursday 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 Wednesday evening as well.

To register, download and complete the registration form here.

Special thanks to the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust
for providing the funding to make this series possible.


3. The Uhlman Family Seminar:Diaries & Dreams: Anne Frank & Jewish Private Life

April 11, 10:30 AM – 9:30 PM; UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government (includes a 2 hour evening break followed by play performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank”)
April 12, 9:00AM – 4:30 PM; UNC-Chapel Hill Center for School Leadership Development (sessions from 9:00 AM – 10:30 PM and 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM are optional)

**This seminar is currently full, but there are still spaces available on the waitlist.  Please fill out a registration form and fax (919.962.4318) or email ( it to Paul Bonnici to be placed on the waitlist**

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for the 2014 Uhlman Family Seminar: Diaries & Dreams, Anne Frank & Jewish PrivateLife. Few documents have intrigued teachers and students as much as The Diary of Anne Frank. Her bravery in the face of oppression and her keen observations on human nature have rightly made her an iconic figure of the Holocaust, a witness providing a window into a horrific era in humankind. But Anne Frank, along with every other victim, was also an individual with a private life beyond the experience of the Holocaust. Yet, the domestic worlds that Frank and millions of Jewish families enjoyed before the war have largely been extinguished or overshadowed by their experiences in the Holocaust. This seminar will take a unique look at The Diary of Anne Frank and use it as a basis for a more comprehensive look at the lives of Jewish families and how they’ve been portrayed, as well as the disruption wrought on them by the Holocaust.

During day one of this dynamic two day seminar, teachers will have the opportunity to participate in and receive sample lesson plans on the topics and themes covered throughout the two days, designed for easy implementation in the middle and high school classroom, as well as dialogue with one another regarding ideas, resources and best practices for teaching this complex history.

Friday evening, teachers will then travel to Raleigh for free admittance into Burning Coal Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

On day two, teachers will return to the role of students themselves as scholars present lectures on topics ranging from how family documents and diaries play a role in remembering the Shoah to how Frank coped with the hardships she faced with humor. In addition, Burning Coal Theatre will join us for a presentation regarding their process of producing the Diary as a play, which will include performances of key scenes from the production.

For those who cover Holocaust history and Jewish culture in their classrooms, this two day event is not to be missed!

  • 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 social studies classroom in mind, language arts teachers are also welcome to attend, with the understanding that materials may need modification for use in the LA classroom.
  • Admittance into “The Diary of Anne Frank” at Burning Coal Theatre
  • Lunch and snacks on Friday & Saturday
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill.
    • If you live more than 375 round trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill, a hotel may be available for Thursday evening as well. Contact for more information – please include your home address when inquiring.

For more information and to download the registration form, click here.

4. The Program in the Humanities and Human Values Announces the Spring 2014 “Adventures in Ideas” Seminars
Register now to secure a spot in a general seminar offered by the Program in the Humanities. Teachers receive a 50% discount off tuition and are entered in a drawing to receive a travel scholarship 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!

Deadline: Friday, April 4

NC Department of Cultural Resources is working with a student team from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School on a project for the North Carolina Transportation Museum. The team has put together an online survey targeting families with young children, and has asked for our help collecting responses. This initiative is focusing on how to engage a broader audience at one of our historic sites, the North Carolina Transportation Museum.  If you could take 5 to 10 minutes to fill it out, it would be greatly appreciated! All responses are anonymous.

Here is the survey

6. Participate in a Survey About North Carolina’s Proposed Transition to Merit Pay for Teachers
Deadline: May 1, 2014

This survey is intended to collect information from teachers regarding perceptions, experiences and impacts related to the educator evaluation system, merit pay and Race to the Top reforms in North Carolina. Your feedback regarding these educational reforms will enable us to better understand your personal views and impacts on North Carolina teachers. Findings from this study will later be combined with other statewide data and relevant literature to make appropriate recommendations to the state legislature. The data collected in this study will serve as a component of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Capstone research project at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Capstone Seminar is completed at the end of the MPA program where key concepts from the curriculum are integrated and applied to contemporary issues in public administration. Professor Janna Siegel Robertson, Ph. D. at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is noted as the principal investigator (PI) for this research study and Megan M. Oakes is the MPA graduate student researcher. Permission for this study was approved by UNCW’s federally mandated Institutional Review Board (IRB) on March 31st, 2014.

Your completion of this survey is voluntary, and you may refuse to answer specific questions if you do not wish to answer them. The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential. We will not share individual responses with state, district, or school level staff or anyone else outside the project, except as required by law. Data will be kept secure once it is in the PI’s possession; however the PI cannot guarantee security during transmission of data due to keylogging and other spyware technology that may exist on any computer used by the subject. We will not identify any individuals by name in our study reports; your responses will be combined with others and, as stated above, reported only in the aggregate. It should take you approximately 10-20 minutes to complete this survey. We ask that you complete the survey between now and May 1st, 2014.

If you have questions about the survey or about technical issues, or about our research regarding teacher evaluation and merit pay, please contact Megan M. Oakes via email ( or Dr. Janna Siegel Robertson (

To access the survey, click here.

7. ING Unsung Heroes Program Invites K-12 Educators to Apply for 2014 Class Project Awards
Deadline: April 30, 2014

The ING Unsung Heroes awards program annually recognizes K-12 educators in the United States for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects, and ability to positively influence the children they teach.

Educators are invited to submit grant applications describing class projects they have initiated or would like to pursue.

Each year, one hundred educators are selected to receive awards of $2,000 each to help fund their projects. At least one award will be granted in each of the fifty United States, provided one or more qualified applications are received from each state. Of the hundred finalists, three will be selected for additional financial awards. First place will receive $25,000; second place will receive $10,000; and the third-place winner will receive $5,000. All awards must be used to further the projects within the school or school system.

All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the U.S. and be a full-time educator, teacher, principal, paraprofessional, or classified staff member working on a project with demonstrated effectiveness in improving student learning. Previous recipients of ING Unsung Heroes awards are not eligible to apply for another award.

Complete program guidelines, the application form, and information on previously funded projects are available at the ING Web site.

8. Authors on America High School Competition
Deadline: May 2, 2014

The North Carolina Bar Association invites authors and illustrators in high schools across our state to put pen to paper and create books that teach kindergartners and first graders about our country. These books not only allow high school students a creative way to engage with lessons of history and civics but also provide the opportunity to compete in a contest judged by a panel of educators and legal professionals. The winning Authors on America books will be bound and used in the North Carolina Bar Association’s Lawyers 4 Literacy Program to improve the reading of elementary school students and to teach them about civics and our country.

Authors on America winners will receive bound copies of their books to keep as well as a plaque for their school and an e-reader to help further their interest in becoming an Author on America.

This is a great opportunity to learn, create, teach, and serve our North Carolina communities!

Contest Details

  • All submissions must be received by Friday, May 2, 2014.
  • Submissions should be mailed to the North Carolina Bar Association at the following address: NCBA LRE, 8000 Weston Pkwy Cary, NC 27513
  • Multiple submissions by the same submitter are allowed. Each submission may include up to 2 individuals; often a primary author and a primary illustrator work together.
  • Each reaching page must be no larger than 8 ½” x 11” or smaller than 5 ½” x 8 ½”
  • Winners will be announced by May 27, 2014.
  • Submissions will be judged based on the rubric provided in the attached Appendix.

Access the Complete Invitation here.  Download Guidelines here.

9. Colonial Williamsburg’s Free Electronic Field Trip: “Founders or Traitors?”
Discover the risks the signers of the Declaration of Independence took in The Electronic Field Trip, “Founders or Traitors?” The months of late 1776 were “the times that try men’s souls.” Join Edward Rutledge, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams as they attend a conference with British admiral Lord Howe, hoping to end the American rebellion peacefully.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Gift to the Nation offers students an opportunity to interact virtually with historical characters and provides teachers with unique resources to engage students in the study of citizenship and our founding democratic principles.

Statistics from the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress indicate that academic performance in history for students in grades 4 to 8 (the targeted group for Electronic Field Trips) has declined substantially over the past few years. By providing this electronic field trip without charge to schools and home school families, Colonial Williamsburg demonstrates its commitment to halt that decline.

  • Available online 24/7 from May 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014
  • On-demand video streaming over the Web
  • Email John Adams
  • Interactive online games
  • Downloadable resources, such as the teacher guide and program script (PDF)
  • Comprehensive classroom lesson plans

We hope you’ll take advantage of this unique opportunity to bring this exciting, relevant program into your school or home!

For more information, visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Gift of a Nation website.

10. NC Press Foundation’s Newspapers in Education Presents the “Dave Jones Award for the Advancement of Youth Readership”
Deadline: June 15, 2014
The Dave Jones award recognizes K-12 teachers and media specialists who are working to promote youth civic engagement through the use of news and newspapers that focus on local communities and/ or state. Specifically, the award will recognize educators who employ innovative lessons, units of study, educational programs or projects to develop students’ reading and writing skills and educate students about their community. These activities can take place in schools, homes and/or other settings where young people gather to learn, or the activities can be delivered using technology. The North Carolina Press Foundation’s Newspapers in Education Program sponsors the award.Award Specifications:
The winning educator will receive a $500 honorarium plus reimbursement of up to $750 for the following:

  • Registration fee to an educational conference chosen by the teacher or media specialist where she/he has a proposal accepted to present the lesson, unit, program or project chosen for the award.
  • Up to two nights in a hotel to attend the conference if the educator lives farther than 60 miles away and mileage • to and from the conference.
  • Payment for a substitute teacher.

The educator’s lesson, unit, program or project will be publicized in the North Carolina Press Association’s newsletter and through Newspaper in Education programs. The chosen lesson, unit, program or project also will be featured on the North Carolina Press Foundation’s website. Note: First and second alternates will be selected to accept the award if the winning teacher is unable to present his/her project at an educational conference.

Criteria for Selection:

  • The applicant must be a K-12 teacher or reading, media or instructional technology specialist in a North Carolina school.
  • The applicant must submit a lesson, unit, program or project that serves as a model for other educators and must be implemented during the 2013-2014 school year or as an ongoing effort.
  • The lesson, unit, program or project must include activities and strategies that advance reading and writing and civic learning and incorporate current events and news, particularly local and state news gathered through North Carolina newspapers, published in print and online.
More about Dave Jones:
Dave Jones spent his career with North Carolina newspapers. He worked for locally-owned newspapers, a weekly (The Enfield Progress), a small daily (The Wilson Daily Times) and large daily (The News & Observer) and served as an advertising sales representative, advertising director, general manager and adviser to newspaper publishers. He retired as associate publisher of The News & Observer. He served as president of the Journalism Foundation at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and president of the North Carolina Press Foundation. During his career, Dave supported numerous educational efforts including the advancement of The Mini Page and Newspapers in Education.
To download the PDF version of the registration form, click here.  To download the Microsoft Word version of registration form, click here.
For more about Newspapers in Education, click here.
11. UNC J-school professor to join former President Carter for human rights discussion, screen documentary via free webcast

Friend of the CEC and UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication professor C.A. Tuggle will join former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and UNC Professor of Leadership and Public Policy Hodding Carter III for a panel discussion on human rights July 16 at 7 p.m. at The Carter Center in Atlanta.The event, which is part of the “Conversations at The Carter Center” series, will focus on Argentina’s “Dirty War” during which tens of thousands of individuals were arrested, tortured and killed from 1976-1983. Tuggle will screen his documentary – “Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity“ – which describes the efforts to track down the grandchildren missing as a result of the “war.”Tuggle will present the 45-minute documentary to begin the evening, and a discussion about human rights and featuring central figures in the film will follow. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program, will moderate.Panelists include:

  • Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
  • C.A. Tuggle, UNC professor and producer of “Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity”
  • Hodding Carter III, UNC professor and former U.S. assistant secretary of state for public affairs
  • Tex Harris, former U.S. Embassy officer in Argentina
  • Bob Cox, former editor of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald

The “Conversations at The Carter Center” series presents Carter Center experts, policy makers and special guests to discuss the issues that shape the world. Following discussions, panelists take questions from the audience.

All seats for this event have been reserved, but a live webcast will be available here and will be archived for future viewing. The webcast does not require registration.

The CEC has developed ready-to-implement curriculum about Argentina’s Dirty War for North Carolina Social Studies classrooms and a film viewing guide for general audiences:

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