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May 2015

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

 News Updates

N.C. Lawmakers Push Several Education Bills Before Legislative Deadline

By Originally appeared at on Apr 29, 2015

North Carolina lawmakers passed several education-related bills on Wednesday, just hours before their legislative “crossover” deadline. Most bills that do not involve money must pass either chamber by Thursday at midnight to have a greater chance of surviving the session. Education bills passed by either chamber include:

Greater Penalty For Assaulting Teachers

The Senate passed a bill that would increase the penalty for students 16 or older who assault school employees. The penalty for the first offense would stay the same: a Class A-one misdemeanor. The second offense would result in a Class H Felony, while a third offense would charge a student with a Class G Felony.

The law would not apply to students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jerry Tillman (R-Randolph), argued more students are threatening or assaulting school employees.

“And some things are just not working,” he said, referencing efforts like suspensions and counseling.

Opponents of the bill argued charging students with felonies could harm their futures.

“We are potentially ruining the possibility of getting a job, being gainfully employed, having access to a high-quality education,” said Democratic Sen. Erica Smith-Ingram.

The bill is now before the House.

Education delivery bills
The House passed three education bills, nearly unanimously, as part of a legislative effort to “fundamentally change how the state delivers education,” according to Rep. Craig Horn (R-Union). The three proposals do not have funding attached to them yet, and still need approval from the Senate.

One bill creates a scholarship program for people looking to enter teaching. In return, participants would commit four years to teaching in a hard-to-staff position. When discussing the bill, many legislators made references to the N.C. Teaching Fellows Program which the state began phasing out a few years ago.

“We’ve lost the Teaching Fellows program and short of that, this is the next best thing,” said Rep. Marvin Lucas (D-Cumberland).

The Fellows program is an opportunity available only for graduating high school seniors. The proposed program would be open to incoming college freshmen, college students and people who already have degrees.

The second bill would create competitive grants to education programs that prepare principals.

“Great principals make great schools,” Horn said.

A third bill would push for more classrooms use digital materials in lieu of textbooks. It would require the State Board of Education to develop and implement digital standards for schools.

Sharing money with charter schools 

Under a Senate bill, traditional public schools would be required to share certain funds with charter schools, including local sales tax revenue, donations and grants.

Supporters of the bill argue that money should be fairly distributed among charter and traditional public schools.

“We have asked our state’s lawmakers to go back to the way things were in 1996 when local money would follow a child no matter which public school the child attended,” said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.

Critics of the proposal worry that gifts and grants meant for traditional public schools could unfairly go to charter schools.

“A gift or grant would have to be shared unless that donor designated it not to be, but many times the donors do not,” argued Sen. Joyce Waddell (D-Mecklenburg).

The proposal now heads to the House.

Current Opportunities

1. Talkin’ Tar Heel: Exploring the History & Diversity of North Carolina
Date & Location: July 15 & 16; Tryon Palace in New Bern

Christie and Paul are packing our bags and traveling to beautiful Tryon Palace.  Join us on July 15 & 16 in historic downtown New Bern for Talkin’ Tar Heel: Exploring the History & Diversity of North Carolina.  North Carolina’s history is rich with diverse people and dramatic events, and where better to spend two engaging days exploring such dynamic topics than a retreat at beautiful Tryon Palace? This innovative program will integrate immersive experiences at North Carolina’s most famous historic site, scholar lectures on various historical subjects related to North Carolina’s past, and pedagogical exploration of lesson plans and strategies for bringing history alive in the K-12 clacontentssroom. We’ll be examining everything from the linguistic diversity of North Carolina, to communities of escaped slaves, to colonial wars, to pirates, and much more!

If you’ve been to one of workshops before, you already know that the CEC likes to roll out the red carpet for teachers and this workshop is no exception.  In addition to the usual free meals, lodging, and materials, teachers who attend will be treated to a private tour of Tryon Palace, a Jonkonnu performance (a traditional 19th century African American celebration featuring music and dancing), a FREE copy of the book, Talkin’ Tar Heel, and an opportunity to interact with the books authors – Dr. Walt Wolfram and Dr. Jeffrey Reaser.

Reconnect with what you love about teaching by spending two days with the Consortium at Tryon Palace! For more information about Talkin’ Tar Heel: Exploring the History & Diversity of North Carolina, visit the CEC’s Upcoming Trainings site.

2. Beyond the Battlefield: Exploring the Role of Fear & Prejudice During World War II
Date & Location: August 6 & 7; NC Museum of History in Raleigh

In August, Christie and Paul will journey along I-40 to work with one of our favorite partners, the NC Museum of History.  Head to Raleigh on August 6 & 7 with us for Beyond the Battlefield: Exploring the Role of Fear & Prejudice During World War II.  Unlike traditional WWII workshops that only examine the military campaigns and battles of the war or the heroism and sacrifices of those involved in the war effort, this workshop will shine a light on some lesser-known or hidden wartime experiences.

The tensions and fears ignited by the conflicts between nations materialized in many ways across the nation and world. From the one hundred thousand Japanese men, women, and children who were removed from their homes and relocated to internment camps by the American government, to the 7,600 people who were sterilized as part of North Carolina’s state sponsored eugenics program, fear and prejudice took root and spread in many forms. Meanwhile, African Americans and American Indians fought two wars: one against the enemy, and the other against Jim Crow.

We’d like to treat you to a two-day edu-cation for all your hard work in the classroom. To show our appreciation for the important work you do, we’ll provide the meals, snacks, hotels, materials, scholars, and tours.  All you have to do is bring your questions and love of learning.

Come recharge your batteries before the start of the school year by spending two-days with the Consortium at the NC Museum of History! For more information about Beyond the Battlefield: Exploring the Role of Fear & Prejudice During World War II, visit the CEC’s Upcoming Trainings site.

3. Attend an Adventures in Ideas Summer Seminars for a Discount & Receive CEU Credit
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!

Please note: Teachers are eligible for only one $75 stipend per semester.

 4. Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast
Date & Time: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 9am-5pm

Presented by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies

Gain a global experience without leaving the state of North Carolina! Link the Middle East and Islam to local realities! On this tour, teachers will learn about various cultural aspects of Muslim and Middle Eastern communities in the Triangle through guided discussions with community experts and Duke University Faculty.

What’s Included | Tour, site visits (transportation provided), morning coffee, lunch, and readings.

Eligibility | All K-12 teachers in North Carolina are invited to join in this study tour.

CEU Credits | Receive CEU Credits for participation in the three pre-tour readings, one-day study tour, and post-program reflection.

For more information, please visit, or download the program flyer. Please reply to Emma Harver at with any questions and to reserve your space on the tour. Please note that space is limited.

5. Inspire North Carolina’s Leadership Academy
Deadline: June 1, 2015

Wake, Mecklenburg, Orange and Durham County Teachers! Here is a great opportunity for your students!

Inspire North Carolina empowers high school Juniors and Seniors to be leaders in their communities starting with our inaugural Leadership Academy in summer 2015.  During this three-day ALL EXPENSES PAID Leadership Academy, students will learn valuable leadership skills, create new friendships, and become equipped to create positive change among their peers in their communities.  Following this training Inspired Leaders will commit to and participate in an “Inspired Year.”  During the school year, students lead nonpartisan voter registration drives, civic action projects, and learn first-hand how democracy works!

Accepting applications until June 1, 2015.  Inspire NC is looking for High School students (for this year, from WAKE, ORANGE, DURHAM, and MECKLENBURG counties) who will be Juniors and Seniors in the 2015/16 school year.  They are also looking nonprofits to partner with on civic action projects.  Teachers to be facilitators and interested people to be mentors to our Inspired Leaders.

Apply for the program here: For questions and/or additional information, you can also contact Nicholas Hall at 864-907-7888 or

5. Two Great Online Courses from James Madison’s Montpelier
Dates for both workshops: January 1 – December 31, 2015

a) Constitutional Amendment: The Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights is one of the most cherished parts of the Constitution—it is a touchstone for the protection of the most basic and important rights that Americans enjoy and a crucial vehicle by which citizens can assert protections against the government. Explore the full array of rights ranging from the basic political and social rights of the 1st Amendment, to the criminal and civil protections in the second half of the Bill of Rights. The 9th and 10th offer a kind of guide to interpreting the constitution.

Learn more about the Bill of Rights online course and enroll today.

b) Constitutional Foundations
The United States Constitution is the longest operating written charter of government in the world. It was drafted in 1787, ratified in 1788 and was operating over the first eleven ratifying states by 1789. It has been amended only 27 times since its adoption. This free online course takes you through each article of this foundational document, exploring such concepts as Congress, the Executive, the Judiciary, the States, Ratification and Amendment, and the People.

Learn more about the Constitutional Foundations online course and enroll today.

6. CHAMPS Kids: Children Against Mines Program

At the NCCSS Conference in February we kicked off a service-learning campaign in North Carolina schools to raise $20,000 for a mine detecting dog. The money raised will pay for the purchase and training of a dog that will be deployed in areas of the world where landmines are a hazard to adults and children. Each year thousands of children are maimed or killed by landmines left in the wake of war. A mine detecting dog can save thousands of lives in the region it is deployed.

The CHAMPS Kids program is part of the Marshall Legacy Institute. That organization will facilitate collecting donations and the purchase and deployment of the dog. We anticipate that the North Carolina-sponsored dog, “Tarheel” will be out saving lives and preventing injuries by next year.

So, how can yours school participate in this service-learning project?

Help North Carolina sponsor a dog and help the children of the world.

7. 2015 Law Week Contest
The North Carolina Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (NCBA YLD) Law Week Committee invites your school to participate in the annual student contests in honor of the 58th annual observation of Law Day. The NCBA YLD sponsors six separate student contests for students from elementary to high school. These contests can provide a wonderful opportunity to learn about our legal system, get creative, and win prizes for both students and your school. This program can be incorporated into a curriculum, offered for extra credit, or just done for fun. This year’s theme is “Magna Carta: Symbol of Freedom Under Law”.  Any students in grades 3 – 12 are encouraged to apply.

Please see the materials posted below for further information. Contact information is included in the materials below if you have questions about Law Day or any of these contests.

Law Week Student Contests – click links for more information

Grades 3-5: Poster

Grades 6-8: Photo Essay, Essay

Grades 9-12: Essay, Moot Court, Video Essay

Awards will be made in middle and high school categories. Student winners in each category will receive monetary awards.  The winning students schools receive a prize check (1st place $300, 2nd place $150, 3rd place $75).  Winners, their families, and teachers will also be invited to Raleigh to participate in the Law Day Awards Luncheon Ceremony, and will have an opportunity to meet state Supreme Court justices, appellate court judges, attorneys, North Carolina Bar Association leaders, and members of the North Carolina General Assembly.

8. Teaching About World War I with the Constitutional Rights Foundation

The Constitutional Rights Foundation is excited to announce their first free resource under this Gates grant: “A Fire Waiting To Be Lit: The Origins Of WWI.” In this resource you will find a balanced and well-researched text supplemented with maps, images, political cartoons, and primary source documents, as well as discussion and writing activities all tightly aligned to the Common Core.

Click here to view a short webcast on the lesson and to download the lesson and free resources!

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