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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 trainings, contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or bonnici@unc.edu.

 Spring 2015 Trainings

Save the Dates for the CEC’s upcoming workshops and conference presentations.  We’re working hard on finalizing our Spring programming and once we’re done, we’ll post more information about each workshop.

1) North Carolina Council for the Social Studies Statewide Conference (click to register)
February 12-13, 2015Koury Convention Center, Greensboro
Christie & Paul will be presenting the following sessions as part of the conference’s civil rights strand.
  • Teaching About 1898 Wilmington in the Middle and High School Classroom: The events occurring in 1898 Wilmington, perhaps better referred to as a coup than a riot, had a grave impact on North Carolina society and politics, yet many students are unaware of the events and their lasting repercussions. This session will provide information regarding what took place in 1898 Wilmington, various resources for teaching about this controversial time period, as well as resources for teaching about related themes such as slavery, Jim Crow, and more.
  • Civil Rights and Immigration: Throughout US history, immigration has played a vital role in American life and politics. As we see immigration issues play out in the news today, and even though our schools are becoming more diverse with immigrants, we often leave the human lives behind the headlines out of the curriculum. Join the Consortium to learn aboutengaging lesson plans and strategies for teaching about immigration in your middle and high school classroom.
  • American Indians and Civil Rights: When discussing civil rights, American Indians are often absent from the conversation, despite a long history of persecution, denial of basic rights, and Indian perseverance against such adversity.  Join us to learn about one brave example – The Battle of Hayes Pond – when the Lumbee fought back against the KKK in 1958 Maxton, NC. Learn also how to access the Consortium’s lessons for teaching American Indian history.
2) North Carolina Association for Middle Level Education Conference (click to register)
March 15-17, 2015 – Koury Convention Center, Greensboro

Christie will be presenting the following session:

  • From Chaos to Community: Creating a Classroom Conducive to Interactive Learning: Do you enter your classroom with visions of group work and interactive learning, only to be thwarted by ensuing chaos? Do you feel like you spend more time correcting behavior than correcting homework? Are you working harder than your students? Join the Civic Education Consortium in an interactive exploration of techniques for transforming your middle school classroom into a self-managing, respectful environment where students not only enjoy learning, but where high performance is eminent.

3) The Modern Origins of Contemporary Conflicts in the Middle East
March 20-21, 2015 – UNC-Chapel Hill

More information coming soon!

4) An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, The 2015 Warren A. Nord Teacher Seminar
April 2015

More 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 cnorris@unc.edu.

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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