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September 2014

FEATURED Resources: Hidden Histories: What Your NC History Textbook Left Out

As if North Carolina’s K-12 teachers don’t work hard enough during the year, 75 of them joined the NC Civic Education Consortium and the North Carolina Museum of History ( this summer for our exciting professional development series, “Hidden Histories: What Your NC History Textbook Left Out.” Generously funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, these events were designed to deepen educator knowledge of less known state and national history, allowing teachers to gain 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.

To access the resources (PowerPoints, pre-readings, and more!) from these workshops, click the following link:

 News Updates

1. NC teachers gather to learn government matters
By: Janae Frazier

Teachers from across North Carolina gathered Monday in New Hanover county for a local government seminar.

About 20 teachers are taking part in the workshops being held at the New Hanover County Executive Development Center. The workshops look at the role of government in North Carolina and explore pedagogical strategies for teaching their students about how the local government works.

Teachers will meet with local government officials and visit county and city departments.

Program director Paul Bonnici said this program will help teachers better understand local government so that they can better teach their students. He also said the seminars are for teachers to network and share classroom ideas.

The seminar is being held from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium is hosting the event with the North Carolina City and County Management Association.

The NC Civic Education Consortium is a program operated by UNC Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values. The program offers things such as free trainings and summer institutes, lesson plans, and customized trainings for schools and districts.

Copyright 2014 WECT. All rights reserved.

This story originally appeared on WECT’s website on July 28, 2014.  It was updated on August 01, 2014.

2. 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. 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. 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)

4. Register for the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition’s 2014 Summit
Date: October 10, 2014
Location: Warwick Center, UNC-Wilmington

The North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition is pleased to announce that registration for our 2014 Service-Learning Summit is now OPEN!

The NCSLC is headed to the beautiful campus of University of North Carolina at Wilmington to host service-learning supporters Join service-learning experts at the beautiful campus of University of North Carolina at Wilmington as they share practices and valuable trainings surrounding how to start or enhance your students’ experiences in an all-day conference open to teachers, students, nonprofit partners, community groups, and service-learning rookies and experts.

The theme of this year’s Summit is “Impacting Our Community”.  There will be a variety of workshops, focusing on one of three tracks:

Service-Learning in Action
These workshops are aimed at those looking to understand the basic foundation of service-learning and how the practice of service-learning can impact all communities. These sessions are intended to help others elevate their practices and align service-learning with effective teaching and youth development practices in academic areas.

Service-Learning Best Practices
These workshops share examples of service-learning programs that coordinate organizations with a focus in service-learning experiences. These sessions are focused on the implementation of sustainable practices and programs that connect community organizations with youth and young adults.

Service-Learning Advanced Practices
These workshops are aimed at participants who have extensive service-learning experience and engage them to dig deeper into foundational understandings and practices of high quality service-learning through systemic and sustainable practices.

Take the opportunity to meet and network with fellow service-learning enthusiasts and practitioners from all across North Carolina.

For more information and to register, click here:

For more information and opportunities relating to service-learning, sign up for the NCSLC newsletter here:

5. 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:

6. 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.
7. North Carolina’s Role in the American Revolution
The North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati has produced a FREE, 20 minute video of North Carolina’s Role in the American Revolution. You may view it at the following link: .

If you have links to videos that you think are valuable for teaching the Social Studies Essential Standards, please send an email to Dr. Steve Masyada at

8. Reflections on Human Rights Abuses During Argentina’s Dirty War – A Panel Discussion with President Jimmy Carter

Friend of the CEC and UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication professor C.A. Tuggle joined former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and UNC Professor of Leadership and Public Policy Hodding Carter III for a panel discussion on human rights on July 16 at The Carter Center in Atlanta. The event, which is part of the “Conversations at The Carter Center” series, will focused on Argentina’s “Dirty War” during which tens of thousands of individuals were arrested, tortured and killed from 1976-1983. Tuggle will screened 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.” A discussion about human rights and featuring central figures in the film followed. The program was moderated by Dr. Jennifer McCoy, director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program.  The panel included:

  • 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.

A webcast of the entire program is available here:

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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