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November 2014 – Happy Thanksgiving

FEATURED Resources: National American Indian Heritage Month

On August 3, 1990 President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month.  For more information about Native American Heritage Month, click here.

If you’re interested in celebrating Native American Heritage Month in your classroom, the Civic Education Consortium has developed the following ready-to-implement lesson plans for you.

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 News Updates

1. Run for the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Board
Deadline: November 15, 2014

In February 2015, members of the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies will elect three Executive Board members, a Treasurer and a President Elect to guide the work of NCCSS. This is a great way to enhance your leadership in the profession under standard IV of the NC Teacher Evaluation process. They need candidates who are extraordinary social studies educators, like yourself, to help lead this professional organization. The typical commitment is 4-5 Saturday morning meetings per year. Travel expenses are set at the state rate. Board Directors serve the Council in the decision making process as well as chairing standing and ad hoc committees for the Council. Service on the Executive Council is very rewarding, challenging, stimulating, and a lot of fun. Please indicate your interest by filling out the attached Google Form. You may only run for one position! They look forward to hearing from you!

Click HERE to access the registration form.

2. Registration is Now Open for the North Carolina Social Studies Conference
Conference Dates: February 12 – 13, 2015
Location: Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC

The 2015 North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Annual Conference will feature a series of workshop sessions on topics that reflect on this year’s theme, “the Civic Mission of Schools”, as well as developments in social studies education from around the state and nation.

For more information, visit the NCCSS site.  To register, click here.

Current Opportunities

1. Complete a Survey from the Constitutional Rights Foundation for a Chance to Win Gift Cards
Deadline: November 7, 2014

Our good friends and partners at the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) want to help us bring more quality (and free) professional development and social studies resources to North Carolina! The CRF has recently received a grant from the Gates Foundation. Even though North Carolina did not implement Common Core in Social Studies, CRF still wants to hear from you. Please invest 5-8 minutes to take the survey below, and the payoff in terms of classroom resources and free professional development for our state could be substantial! It only takes a few minutes and they’ll even put everyone who takes the survey in a drawing for one of two $500 cash prizes or one of ten $100 gift cards.

When completing the survey, you will answer all questions from the perspective of working with NC’s Essential Standards in Social Studies. Also, when questions inquire as to whether you have used materials from the Constitutional Rights Foundation, please be clear that these are materials from (This also includes the Civic Action Project and the Bill of Rights in Action.)  If you have never used the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s resources, just note this in your survey.

 Click here to take survey now!!

2. Only Two Adventures in Ideas Seminars Left in 2014!
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 one $75 stipend per semester.

3. 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:

4. When We Were British: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Visualize Early America
Project Timeline: January – August 2015
The North Carolina Geographic Alliance and the Virginia Geographic Alliance are currently recruiting educa- tional consultants to join an innovative new project in collaboration with the National Archives of the United Kingdom. From the unique disciplinary perspectives of Geography, History, Civics, Economics, Library Sciences, and English/Language Arts, this team will work with archivists and scholars to better understand the origins of the America through research and curriculum design. Once identified, these documents will be shown through a series of powerful geospatial resources that focus on inquiry-based teaching and cross- curricular connections for the K-16 classroom.

We seek innovative, creative educators who endorse inquiry-based and technology-infused learning in the classroom. We seek teachers who can balance the practical with the imaginative in the elementary and sec- ondary classroom. We seek experts who can connect emerging technology with geohistorical scholarship and teaching and learning. Each member of the team will receive a $1,000 stipend plus resources, training, and travel support.

Each Teacher Scholar will commit to:

  • developing best practice approaches that present digital artifacts in a geohistorical context
  • working collegially as a member of a team of K-16 educators from US and Britain
  • attending 3-day training course
  • contributing to web-based training and research
  • joining a multi-day research trip to the National Archives in London
  • presenting at National Council of Geographic Education Annual Conference in Washington, DC

Attend either Orientation Webinar to receive application instructions

Please contact Andy Mink <> with questions

5. Statewide Service-Learning Collaboration Model: A Case Report Webinar from NCSLC
Date & Time: November 12, 2014 2:00 pm

Join the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition for a moderated webinar, presentation and Q&A to hear about the statewide service-learning collaboration model implemented in North Carolina.

For more information and to register, click here.

6. 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)


 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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