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Program in the Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Upcoming Trainings

If you have questions regarding the posted training’s, contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or

Spring 2016 Workshops

1) Whose ‘More Perfect Union?’ Choices, Conflicts & Controversies in 18th Century America
Friday, February 19:  9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday, February 20:  8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
NC Museum of History, Raleigh
Part of the Hidden Histories: What Your Textbook Left Out series

Made possible by a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust

“‘We the people, in order to form a more perfect union…’ And yet words on a parchment would not be enough to deliver slaves from bondage, or provide men and women of every color and creed their full rights and obligations as citizens of the United States. What would be needed were Americans in successive generations who were willing to do their part…to narrow that gap between the promise of our ideals and the reality of their time.” ~President Barack Obama

War, revolution, enslavement, debates over human rights, clashes of political ideologies – 18th Century America was no stranger to conflict and controversy, and many choices and decisions made throughout the 1700s had profound implications for the type of country America was, and would become. Join the NC Museum of History and the UNC Civic Education Consortium, in a special collaboration with George Washington’s Mount Vernon, for a critical examination of issues that confronted not only the framers of the Constitution, but Indigenous People, those enslaved, women, and other equally important voices.

Throughout 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 visiting scholars, local professors, authors, and other content experts who will cover topics from the French and Indian War, to controversies in the making of the Constitution, to the complicated fight for freedom from slavery.

Participants will receive a copy of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution and enjoy a special session with the book’s author, Dr. Kathleen DuVal. “In Independence Lost, [Dr. DuVal] recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida’s Gulf Coast.” Time will also be provided to make crucial connections to modern society as we focus on Thomas Jefferson’s belief that “Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of nineteen years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force, and not of right.”

Teachers will also have practical opportunities to explore interactive strategies and lesson plans from the George Washington Teacher Institute and the Civic Education Consortium, designed to encourage critical thinking and interactive participation among all levels of students.

Whose “More Perfect Union?” will provide attendees a more comprehensive understanding of the issues that challenged diverse individuals as they chose various paths both for their own lives, and for a burgeoning nation as a whole. Middle and high school social studies teachers don’t want miss this newest installment of the acclaimed Hidden Histories series on February 19-20, 2016!


  • 1.2 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • A copy of Independence Lost: Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution
  • Lesson plans, teaching ideas, and pedagogical training
  • Lunch on Feb. 19; breakfast & lunch on Feb. 20
  • 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 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
  • Substitute scholarships are available for teachers whose schools lack substitute funding. To request a substitute, follow the procedure described on the registration form.

To register, download the registration form here.

 Fall 2015 Training’s

1.FREE Lesson Plans and Fall Professional Learning Webinars from the Constitutional Rights Foundation
The NC Civic Education Consortium’s friends at the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF) are offering incredible lesson plans and webinars to help teachers implement state (Essential Standards) and national (Common Core) standards. Check out CRF’s resources at Whether you are teaching middle school Social Studies, Civics & Economics, US History I & II, APUS, AP World, or otherwise, there is something for everyone! Go to CRF’s site to register for their remaining webinars, or watch previous webinars at your leisure (these are archived on the left side of their page.)
And what about the chance to win $100? Every time you use or review one of CRF’s Common Core resources (i.e., a lesson plan or webinar) and complete their survey on the resource, you will be entered into a quarterly drawing for a $100 gift card! The survey is very simple and won’t take more than 5-10 minutes. (NOTE: While the survey refers to Common Core, North Carolina teachers will answer each question in terms of NC’s Essential Standards.)
 ***If you are a North Carolina teacher who would like to receive CEUs for your participation in the webinars below, the NC Civic Education Consortium can issue your credit. Contact Christie Norris at for more information regarding how to receive a CEU form.

Civic Engagement + Writing = Uncommonly Good Idea!
Lucky CRF! Our Civic Action Project (CAP) was profiled in a new book, Uncommonly Good Ideas, published by National Writing Project. Join the authors of the book and the CAP teacher who was profiled to explore what happens when students are writing about and discussing issues they care about. Oh…and the first 25 teachers to register and attend the webinar will get a free copy of Uncommonly Good Ideas!
When: Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 from 3:30 – 4:30 (PT)
Where: Online (Register at

You CAN Make Teaching From Primary Sources Exciting: Three Successful Strategies for Middle School and High School Teachers.”
Come get your hands dirty with history! In this webinar, teachers will learn how they can make primary sources engaging for students while developing their own project around primary source material we will provide. And at least one person will be wearing an Indiana Jones hat…
When: Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm (Pacific Time)
Where: Online (Register at Stipends will be provided for the first 20 teachers. Register today!

Save the Date for the Following Upcoming Training’s & Events

1. Join the Civic Education in New Orleans, LA for the NCSS Conference!

November 13 – 15, 2016, New Orleans
We’ll be presenting on our collaborative project funded by and utilizing resources from the Library of Congress: It’s About Time: TimeBooks Visualize Regional Perspectives of US History. This session will actively explore Library of Congress resources through a digital textbook designed on a highly interactive timeline tool called ChronoZoom to highlight the interconnectedness of historical events. Stop by and join us on Friday, Nov 13 – 4:25 pm to 5:15 pm in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Room 217! For information about the NCSS Conference and registration information, click here.

2. Witnessing the Witnesses: Teaching the Holocaust When The Survivors Are Gone

March 4-5, 2016; Chapel Hill Public Library – Meeting Room A
In partnership with the Center for Holocaust, Genocide & Human Rights Education of North Carolina

Details and registration information coming soon!

Cancellation for Consortium Trainings

The NC Civic Education Consortium is dedicated to assisting teachers by providing free trainings, materials, participant meals, etc. The Consortium does not require a deposit or fee to attend our trainings; therefore, we ask that registered participants needing to cancel do so at least one week prior to the training date. Please understand that participants who do not cancel their spot in a timely fashion prevent teachers on the waiting list from participating.

Attend the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ General Seminars at a Discount & Receive a $75 Stipend Post-Attendance!

In addition to the free teacher trainings offered by the Consortium, educators can also register to attend the numerous seminars offered by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values (the Program.) While these lectures are designed for a general audience and will not include pedagogical training, they are an excellent way for teachers to broaden their content knowledge in various subjects as life-long-learners.

Scholarships covering 50% of the tuition are available for all Adventures in Ideas seminars for currently employed full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges. These teacher scholarships for general seminars are made possible by generous donors to the Humanities Program. Check out the listing of general programs offered by the Program in the Humanities & Human Values here.

If you see a general program you would like to attend, take the following steps to apply for the 50% discount:

  • If filling out the paper registration form, complete and sign the “Attention Teachers” portion of the form and enclose payment (the full tuition less the 50% discount.) Optional meals are also served for a fee; should you choose to participate in the optional meal, you’ll add that amount to your discounted tuition amount.  If registering online, please follow the instructions listed on our registration page.
  • Funding restrictions do not allow us to award scholarships to substitute or retired teachers. The Program’s “first time participant’s discount” or a “three or more discount” may not be combined with a teacher scholarship.
  • Should you need to cancel your participation, $30 is non-refundable. Reservations for optional meals may be cancelled up to noon two business days before a seminar.
  • Applications without a signature or payment cannot be processed and will be returned.
  • Please note that scholarships are not needed for any event hosted by the Program’s Civic Education Consortium, which are free of charge to teachers. Scholarships are only needed for the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ general programs.

Teachers who attend the Humanities Program’s Adventures in Ideas seminars can apply for a $75 stipend via the Daisy Edmister Fund!

The Daisy Edmister Teacher Support Fund, established by Mr. Russell Edmister, honors the memory of his mother, Daisy M. Edmister. The Fund offers an award of $75 to currently-employed, full-time, K-12 and community college teachers who attend Adventures in Ideas seminars. Attending educators will receive an application at the event to submit at the end of the program in order to receive the $75 award. (A check will be mailed to the participant post-seminar.) Teachers can receive one stipend per semester and must attend all hours of the seminar in order to receive the stipend. (Please note that awards are not offered at Civic Education Consortium events, since they are free of charge.) For more information, please call 919.962.1544.

NEW: Scholarships for Teachers at Raleigh Charter High School

Thanks to a generous gift from Novie Beth Ragan Gad, whose children are graduates of Raleigh Charter, both full and part-time teachers at Raleigh Charter High School are eligible to receive a scholarship to any Humanities Program seminar. Funds will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the seminar. For information, please call 919.962.1544.

Custom Trainings

The Consortium also offers customized trainings for individual schools, school districts, and extra-curricular programs (i.e., 4-H, Youth Councils, etc.) We can also organize a professional development retreat for your group at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Costs vary. To learn more about our customization options, as well as our trainings for after school and youth leadership programs, please contact Christie Hinson Norris at 919.843.9387  or

Professional Development Spotlight

From Segregation to Civil Rights: A Journey through North Carolina’s History

On January 14th, 2008, the NC Civic Education Consortium hosted a training for North Carolina history educators on teaching about our state’s diverse past.

  • Check out this video for an inside look at our teacher workshops!
  • To access the curriculum from this workshop, click here.


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