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CK12 News | October


Featured Curriculum – First Vote

Get Ready for the 2016 Elections with Free (& Awesome)
North Carolina Lessons & Resources

Lesson Plans (written specifically for North Carolina teachers!)
November 2016 is getting closer, and it’s time to get real with the election! Check out Carolina K-12’s lesson plans for use with the First Vote NC online voter simulation! Lessons are designed to be stand-alone, meaning you can implement as few or as many of the modules as class time permits. You are encouraged to edit and adapt each module as needed to fit your own instructional goals and timing. Lessons are designed for and aligned to the NC Essential Standards for American History: Founding Principles, Civics, and Economics. (We encourage other grade levels and courses to utilize the materials; just be prepared to make some edits and adaptations.) Access the lessons at (no sign-up necessary) and start planning today!

Online, Customizable Voter Simulation
Has your school signed up to have access to First Vote NC’s online voter simulation? This customizable platform will allow students to participate in federal, state and local elections, as well as participate in an exit poll and answer issue-based questions. The online platform will be easily customizable by your school, and all that is needed to participate is internet access. Election results and exit poll responses will be available immediately following the election.  Results will be provided and able to be filtered not only by individual schools, but by other schoolwide demographic information as well. Sign up to gain access at

A Free Webinar for Teachers | 
Want to learn more about the First Vote NC online voter simulation (how it works, how to customize your ballot, why it’s the best thing ever, etc.) and the lesson plans? Watch a free webinar, hosted by our friends at the National Humanities Center. This webinar provides an overview of the First Vote project, including implementation ideas, training on customizing your school’s online ballot, instruction on utilizing the exit poll data for post-election analysis, and a summary of the adaptable curricular resources. Access the free webinar via the NHC Education’s YouTube page

Who is Implementing First Vote?
Are you late to the party or already partying? Take a look at the participating high schools so far. Not on the list? Sign up! On the list and see school’s that aren’t? Forward this email to your colleagues at other schools and encourage them to sign up, too! First Vote NC results will be filterable by individual schools, so why not wage a completion with other schools in the district to see who can get the highest voter turnout? Let that football mascot of yours talk some smack over voting statistics on non-game days! Tell your teacher friends to sign their school up today at

**Don’t Forget to Register By THIS FRIDAY OCT. 14!**
If you are planning to vote in the upcoming general election – for president, governor, U.S. Senate and North Carolina legislature – you MUST BE REGISTERED to vote by Friday, October 14, 2016. Please make sure your students know this! To register to vote in North Carolina, you can access voter registration forms online at

Current Opportunities

1. Attend a Humanities Seminar at a Discount
Our parent organization, the UNC Program in the Humanities, has a fantastic line up of weekend seminars this fall. The best part is that they love teachers as much as we do!
To show their appreciation for everything that you do, teachers receive: a 50% tuition discount on all Adventures in Ideas Weekend Seminars, 1.0 CEU credits, AND a $75 travel stipend (currently employed full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges are eligible for one stipend a semester). Unlike Carolina K-12 events, these lectures do not come with lesson plans, but they’re still a great way to acquire content knowledge. Click the titles below for more information about each seminar:

2. Check Out These Great Workshops from UNC’s World View
World View at UNC-Chapel Hill offers exciting professional development opportunities in global education for K-12 teachers, school administrators, and community college educators. Their fall programs for K12 educators feature innovative strategies to drive global learning. Continuing Education Units earned can be applied toward the NC Global Educator Digital Badge process. Register for the fall global education symposium and online course today!

Innovation and Technology to Drive Global Learning – October 19-20, 2016
Location: The Friday Center for Continuing Education, Chapel Hill, NC
Cost: $175 per person. $600 for a team of four; $150 for each additional member

CEU: 1.5 CEUs offered

Global Education and 21st Century Skills – October 6 – November 16, 2016
Location: online!
Cost: $250 per person for World View Partners; $300 for Non-Partners
CEU: 4 CEUs offered

Join World View’s online course for an exploration of global topics such as the economy, the environment, diverse populations and the U.S.’s place in the world. Educators will gain hands-on experience with web-based resources for teaching about global issues in the classroom.

3. Election Resources from the Constitutional Rights Foundation 
The Constitutional Rights Foundation has a number of resources to get you and your students ready for the 2016 election.  Check out CRF’s Election Central for free lesson plans and links to election resources. Don’t miss CRF’s featured presentation on Google’s Cultural Institute Voting and Elections in Early America.

4. Election Toolkit from Generation Nation
GenerationNation has some great resources for teaching the 2016 election.Help K-12 students to read, think, decide, and take action in Election 2016. A variety of lessons, resources, and hands-on activities are available.  Students learn about the offices on the ballot and levels of government, explore the issues, analyze and make decisions about the candidates, and make their own voices heard in the student vote. The nonpartisan program is based on curriculum standards, literacy, and critical thinking. Access K-12 resources and activities 

5. Free Webinars from Teaching Tolerance
Teaching Tolerance hosts a talk about white privilege and anti-racist action in the last of our four-part webinar series inspired by their popular guide Let’s Talk! Discussing Race, Racism and Other Difficult Topics With Students. They’ll also dive into classroom management do’s and don’ts in our Reframing Classroom Management webinar, and they’ll team up with PBS’Arthur  during National Bullying Prevention Month to talk about social emotional learning. Click the webinar titles below for more information:

Missed their September webinars? Watch them on-demand!

 Credit certificates are available for all Teaching Tolerance webinars. 

6. If Shakespeare is Boring, You’re Doing It Wrong 
Presented by Ian Finley, 2012 Piedmont Laureate
Date & Time: November 5; 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Registration Deadline: November 1

Getting high school students interested in Shakespeare often seems like an English or Drama teacher’s hardest job. But Shakespeare wrote these plays to be entertaining, and with the active, social tools explored in this workshop, teachers can bring these plays to life in a way that is every bit as engaging to modern audiences as they were 400 years ago. 

To register, contact Ian Finley by November 1 at Check out the program’s flyer here

7. Holocaust Speakers Bureau Launches a New App
The Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education for North Carolina (Holocaust Speakers Bureau) assists North Carolina educators and organizations with teaching the challenging topics of the Holocaust, genocide, tolerance, and human rights. They offer free short documentaries of North Carolina based Holocaust survivors, as well as accompanying lesson plans designed by Carolina K-12 (formerly the NC Civic Education Consortium.) View the short films and lesson plans here:

Recently, the Holocaust Speakers Bureau has launched a new mobile app to be used in conjunction with survivor presentations and/or their films. The app features a “Stories” section, which gives insight into each survivor’s life and struggles throughout the Holocaust, as well as a “Map” section, which gives a geographical view into the survivor’s journeys to freedom and safety. There is also a “Timeline” section providing chronological perspective on the historical events of the Holocaust as they connect to and the survivor’s personal events. Also included is a “Discover” section, in which contemporary human rights violations are featured in order to highlight the injustices that occur today. Check out the following link to download the app for free on iTunes for either your iPhone or iPad:  

8. Amazing Webinars from the National Humanities Center
Since 1978, the National Humanities Center is the only independent research institute in the world dedicated exclusively to the humanities.  Their work in education and outreach aims to leverage this scholarship to build a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching and learning in the K-16 classroom.

This year, they’re hosting the fabulous America in Class webinar series. Each week starting in October, they will introduce a leading scholar to discuss and share insights on a compelling topic in the humanities.  Supported with text recommendations and primary source collections, each session also identifies inquiry-based strategies for introducing these concepts to younger students.

Some highlights include:

  • Gender in Antebellum African American Autobiographies – November 10; 7:00 – 8:30pm

For a full schedule and to register, visit:

Each webinar is 90-minutes long, and all registration fees are waived for teachers by using the promo code NHCED.  CEU credit is available upon completion.  Virtual seats are limited, however, so early registration is strongly encouraged.  We also can create a group registration with interested districts or schools.

Keep your ears to the ground because the NHC will be announcing several new projects in the coming months that recruit and assemble humanities educators from across the country to work closely with NHC scholars and staff on curriculum design and innovative technology.  Their goal is to support teacher agency – and to build a strong network community of humanities advocates.

9. It's Not Too Early to Register for the 2017 NCCSS Conference 
Date & Location: March 2-3; Greensboro, NC
It’s not too early to begin thinking about registering for the 2017 NCCSS Conference in Greensboro, March 2-3. Teachers LOVED last year’s conference and this one is sure to be even better!
Get those PD fund requests in before it’s too late! Register here:

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