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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The Warren A. Nord Teachers’ Seminar

“The mixture of scholarly lectures with interactive lesson plan exploration was helpful because it allowed us to immediately apply the content to our classroom.  Most conferences, it is ‘either/or’ – this conference has been unique and wonderful.” ~2012 teacher participant

The Warren A. Nord Teachers seminar, named for the long-time director of the Program in the Humanities, is a special  professional development event for teachers that is held each summer. The agenda includes lectures on a variety of relevant topics from distinguished collegiate faculty, active exploration of classroom-ready lessons plans on related topics, as well as time to learn from and network with teachers from across the state.

We’re currently planning the 2014 Warren A. Nord Teachers’ Seminar.  The CEC will announce the theme and location of the 2014 seminar via our monthly CEC News alert.  To subscribe to our email listserv for updates, email Paul Bonnici at bonnici@unc.edu

Check out some of the session topics from last year’s seminar, “Challenges to Democracy,” held July 16-18, 2012 at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government, and browse some of the samples of the accompanying curriculum provided to teachers below. For more information about the Warren A. Nord Teachers seminar, the Consortium’s curriculum offerings, or professional development, contact Christie Norris.

The 2013 Warren A. Nord Seminar: The Fight for Freedom: From Slavery to Civil Rights

Corresponding lesson plans are listed under each presentation title:

I thank you for allowing teachers the opportunity to join together to learn, share and receive new and exciting materials and lessons to continue to educate our children.  Thank you!!” -  2013 teacher participant

 The 2012 Warren A. Nord Seminar: Challenges to Democracy

Corresponding lesson plans are listed under each presentation title:

  •  Strength through Struggle: The 1898 Wilmington Race Riot – Lerae Umfleet, NC Department of Cultural Resources & author of “Day of Blood: The 1898 Wilmington Race Riot
  • Equal Protection in a Constitutional Democracy:  Exploring Equality & Women’s Rights with United States v. Virginia - Tom Metzloff, Professor of Law, Duke University & Creator of the Voices of American Law Project

*Additional lesson plans on these topics and hundreds more can be found in the Consortium’s Database of K-12 Resources.

“I have always wanted to teach controversial topics in my classroom, but I did not know how to approach these sensitive issues.  Thank you for giving me the tools to be successful in the classroom.” ~2012 teacher participant

About Warren Nord

Dr. Nord was the founding director of the Program in the Humanities and Human Values, a position he held from 1979-2004. While he was director of the Program, it sponsored over 700 seminars, workshops, and conferences, attended by more than 40,000 participants. His seminars “Good and Evil” and “God and Suffering” were so popular that they sold out several years in a row. Dr. Nord taught the philosophy of religion and the philosophy of education in at UNC from 1981 until his retirement from the University in 2009, and his research and writing focused on the place of religion in American education.

Upon his retirement, supporters established the Warren A. Nord fund that enables the Program to offer summer training opportunities for teachers. The popularity of and positive response to each summer’s Warren A. Nord Seminar is a testament to Dr. Nord’s legacy.

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