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March 2015

FEATURED Resources: North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference Presentations

Last month, the CEC was privileged enough to present three packed sessions at the North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Conference in Greensboro: Civil Rights & Immigration, Teaching About 1898 Wilmington In the Middle & High School Classroom, and American Indians & Civil Rights.  All of the material related to our three sessions is linked below.

For two of our sessions – Civil Rights & Immigration and Teaching About 1898 Wilmington In the Middle & High School Classroom - you may have noticed that we were joined by special guests: Dr. José Villalba from Wake Forest University and LeRae Umfleet from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.  We want to thank them for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their vast knowledge. We hope they had as much fun as we did!

Civil Rights & Immigration

Teaching About 1898 Wilmington In the Middle & High School Classroom

American Indians & Civil Rights

 News Updates

1) A Professional Development Opportunity and News About Final Exams from NCDPI

Professional Development

Since September, the NCDPI K-12 Social Studies team has been working with Dr. Lorin Anderson, one of the editors of A Taxonomy For Learning, Teaching, and Assessing:  A Revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, to develop a handbook that will assist social studies educators with better understanding how to align their instruction and assessments with the Essential Standards.  The Spring RESA sessions will provide a preview of the document.  In fact, Dr. Anderson will be our featured guest at the Region 2 Session on Wednesday, March 4th.  If you are in Region 4 and plan to attend this session and have not already registered, you MUST register by 5:00 PM on Monday, March 2nd.

Each session begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.  The target audience is C&I Directors, Lead Teachers, Curriculum Specialists, and social studies teachers.

To register for one of the sessions, you should contact the RESA directly using the information below (click the table and map images to enlarge):

North Carolina Final Exams

Social Studies NC Final Exams: Number of Items per Objective: The NCDPI/Test Development Section produced a set of documents for the NC Final Exams (NCFE) of Social Studies (i.e., Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, World History, American History I, American History II, Civics and Economics, U.S. History). The documents provide a table listing the assessed objectives, objective text and number of operational items per objective. The assessed objective and number of operational items per objective are also available in the assessment specification documents available at (see appendices).

These documents include the objective text for quick reference. American History I and Grade 4 Social Studies are attached as examples for your reference. The Social Studies NC Final Exams resource documents are available to the public at

Released Item Sets for Elementary NC Final Exams Posted: The NCDPI/Test Development Section has finalized a set of released items for Science Grade 4, Social Studies Grade 4 and Social Studies Grade 5. These released items are available to the public at .
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 during the 2014-15 school year. We expect to add more released items in September 2015 creating a full released form over time.
The items included in the Fall 2014 released item sets 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.
If you have any questions about the NC Final Exams, you should contact Hope Lung, Section Chief for Accountability Services/Test Development Section at

State Testing Results (Green Book) 2013-14: If you are seeking frequency distractions for the 2013-2014 NC Final Exams, they have been posted as a section of the annual “Green Book” Report.  The 2013-14 Green Book is divided into nine sections. They are:

If you click on the highlighted link, you will find frequencies for all the NC Final Exams.  You will have to scroll through the pages to find those specific to social studies.  If you have questions about what is contained in the “Green Book” Report, you should contact Karen Hoeve, Section Chief for Accountability Services/Analysis and Reporting Section at .

Current Opportunities

1) An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, The 2015 Warren A. Nord Teacher Seminar
March 27-28, NC Museum of History, Raleigh

James Loewen, in his book Lies My Teacher Told Me, said that “historically, American Indians have been the most lied-about subset of our population…In learning about Native Americans, ‘One does not start from point zero, but from minus ten.’” Join the NC Civic Education Consortium ( and the NC Museum of History for “An Indigenous Peoples History of the United States,” a dynamic two-day seminar for K-12 social studies teachers who are interested in broadening their content knowledge and pedagogical skills for teaching about American Indians in a more comprehensive and culturally sensitive way. This teacher-centered, two-day program will dynamically integrate:

  •  Lectures from university scholars fluent in American Indian history and current issues. Scheduled sessions include (but are not limited to):
    • Race to the Truth: Transforming the Teaching of American Indian History, Dr. Priscilla Maynor, imaginED Partners
    • American Indians During the Civil War Period, Dr. Susanna Lee, NC State University
    • The Miseducation of American Indians, Dr. Jane Haladay, UNC-Pembroke
    • Colonization, Cooperation, & Resistance: Anglo-Indian Conflicts from Lost Colony to Colonial Wars, Dr. Wayne Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Jim Crow, Segregation and American Indians, Dr. Olivia Oxendine, UNC-Pembroke
  •  Pedagogical exploration – Teachers will explore how to ensure culturally responsive instruction in their classroom in regards to teaching about American Indians. The NC Civic Education Consortium and the NC Museum of History will also lead participants in exploring their resources for actively engaging students in various historical topics and events concerning American Indians.

Teachers interested in gaining a more comprehensive and true understanding of neglected people and events throughout history, in order to better engage their students’ interest, curiosity and understanding of American Indians, do not want to miss this exciting opportunity.


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium
    • While lesson plans will be aligned to middle and high school Essential Standards, any social studies teachers (including elementary teachers) are welcome to attend with the understanding that materials will need modification.
  • Lunch on Friday; breakfast  & lunch on Saturday; refreshments throughout both days
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations can be requested for Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from the NC Museum of History in downtown Raleigh.  Additionally, participants residing more than 300 round trip miles from the NC Museum of History can request a single-occupancy room for Thursday evening as well.
    • If you do not meet the mileage requirements but have special circumstances for which you would like to request a room, you can inquire by contacting Paul Bonnici at

To register for this workshop, click here.

2. The Modern Origins of Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East
March 20-21, 2015 – UNC-Chapel Hill
*This seminar is currently full, but applications are still being accepted for the wait list.*

The phrase “Middle East” often conjures images of conflict.  Whether it’s recent events in Syria, Israel and Palestine, or Iraq, the sources these conflicts are usually attributed to some ancient animosity between religious or ethnic groups. In reality, the roots of these conflicts are actually quite modern. Join the CEC and the UNC Program in the Humanities as we explore the modern origins of turmoil in the Middle East. During this two-day event, teachers will have the chance to engage with UNC scholars, expanding their own content knowledge regarding the history of the Middle East, as well as explore interactive curriculum and strategies for translating this material to the K-12 classroom.

On day-one, teachers will get a chance to explore engaging, ready-to-implement, student-centered curriculum dealing with the modern origins of Middle East conflicts, including lessons on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after World War I, the role of colonialism in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Middle East and the Cold War, and more.  Time will also be set aside so that teachers can share resources with one another.

In addition to curriculum trainings, teachers will have an opportunity bolster their content knowledge and get the chance to be a student again by attending lectures from three of UNC’s most esteemed faculty as they discuss the contemporary events in the Middle East within a broad context that goes back to World War I. Lecture topics include:

  • The Breakup of the Ottoman Empire and its Consequences and Decolonization and the Cold War: American and Soviet Interventions in the Middle East with Dr. Cemil Aydin
  • The Legacy of the British and French Mandates in Post-Colonial States with Dr. Sarah Shields
  • Between Modernism and Revivalism: Islamic Responses to Colonial Empires with Dr. Eren Tasar

For more information about the lecture portion of the program, visit


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lunch & dinner on Friday; continental breakfast on Saturday; refreshments throughout both days
  • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Friday night for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Additionally, participants residing more than 375 round trip miles from UNC-Chapel Hill can request a Thursday evening as well.
  • 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.

To register for this workshop, click here.

3. Save the Date for Upcoming CEC Presentations
The CEC will be presenting at the NC Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Conference in Greensboro this March.  NCMLE’s Annual Conference is recognized as one of the nation’s premier conferences for middle level educators. If your school works with early adolescents in grades five, six, seven, or eight, then you won’t want to miss this event!
4. Registration is Now Open for the Spring 2015 Adventures in Ideas Seminar Series!
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.

5. The American Bar Association’s Public Education Division Announces Its Summer Institute for Teachers
Date & Location: June 21 – 26, 2015; Washington DC
Registration Deadline: March 2, 2015 (email Ms. Catherine Hawke at to request a short extension)

This year’s theme is, “Federal Trials and Great Debates in United States History.” Designed especially for teachers of U.S. History, Government, Civics, and Law, the Federal Trials and Great Debates Summer Institute deepens participants’ knowledge of the federal judiciary and of the role the federal courts have played in key public controversies that have defined our constitutional and other legal rights.

Cases studied included:

  • Amistad
  • Bush v. Orleans Parish
  • Chicago Seven Conspiracy Trial

Participants worked closely throughout the week-long Institute with leading historians, federal judges, and curriculum consultants, focusing on three landmark federal trials through curriculum developed by the Federal Judicial Center.

For more information and to apply, visit the ABA website.

6. World View’s 2015 Spring Seminars

a) Latin American and North Carolina
Date & Location: March 24-25, 2015; The Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC at Chapel Hill

Co-sponsored by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, The Jack and Mary McCall Charitable Foundation, the UNC College of Arts and Sciences, the UNC    Curriculum in Global Studies, and UNC Global

This seminar offers insights into Latin America and support for K-12 and community college educators facing the challenges and opportunities of our growing immigrant student population. Help your Hispanic/Latino students succeed in school by learning more about the region, critical issues facing Latino students, and new teaching strategies to  support students and their families. This seminar is for educators of all grade-levels and disciplines.
b) The Modern Middle East
Date & Location: March 24-25, 2015; The Friday Center for Continuing Education, UNC at Chapel Hill

This opportunity is co-sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and   the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Immediately following the Latin America Seminar, our second seminar will focus on the Middle East. Participants will have a chance to explore pressing issues affecting the Middle   East today, as well as historical information to help contextualize the modern Middle East. Sessions on topics such as the arts, religion, health and medicine, and more will be offered with strategies to help educators teach their students about the Middle East. This seminar is for all educators of every grade-level and discipline. Registration now opens, reserve your spot today!

Cost for North Carolina Educators: Registration is $175 per person or $325 for both seminars. A team of 4 is $600 (save $100) per seminar. A team is comprised of 4 or more individuals from a school or district that attend the SAME seminar. Only $150 for each additional member.

Cost for Out-of-State Educators: Registration is $275 per person. CEUs or Professional Development Hours offered.

For more information, please call 919/962-9264 or visit:

7. 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?

    1. Visit the CHAMPS Kids website at for project details. Links on the website can lead you to more information on the Marshall Legacy Institute .
    2. Raise money and donate to support the North Carolina campaign. The CHAMPS Kids website has a link to the North Carolina campaign. The direct link is:
    3. Need more information? Contact Janet McElfresh to find out how her middle school in Gates County is participating. Her email is

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

8. 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.

9. 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!

10. Collaborative Conference for Student Achievement “Champions Engaging North Carolina in 21st Century Teaching and Learning”
Date & Location: March 30 – April 1, 2015, Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC

The Collaborative Conference on Student Achievement reflects the Department of Public Instruction’s efforts to accommodate some of the economic challenges experienced by schools and communities by providing a multi-faceted professional development opportunity for educators and education stakeholders. This conference is designed to consolidate several conferences into one by merging the Accountability, Safe Schools, and Raising Achievement and Closing Gaps conferences. Watch their website for exciting updates on speakers and sessions!

For more information, visit

10. NCTM Invites Proposals for PreK-8 Pre-Service Teacher Action Research Grant
Deadline: May 4, 2015

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics is inviting proposals from pre-K teachers to support a collaborative action research project by university faculty, pre-service teachers, and classroom teachers seeking to improve their understanding of mathematics in preK-8 classrooms.

Primary emphasis will be placed on collaboration among a team of researchers consisting of university, elementary/middle school teachers, and pre-service teachers from the undergraduate ranks. Research should be designed, implemented, and completed with a focus on enhancing the teaching and/or learning of mathematics in grades preK-8.

A single grant of up to $3,000 will be awarded. Grant funds should be used to support project expenses to plan and carry out the research.

The applicant must be a current full individual or e-member of NCTM or must teach at a school with a current NCTM preK–8 school membership. The participating pre-service teacher(s) must be in an initial licensure/certification program at the undergraduate level and, at some point during the term of the grant, must be engaged in some form of practicum experience or student teaching.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NCTM website.

11. 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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