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Check out some of the fabulous resources & opportunities offered for K-12 teachers by Carolina K-12’s friends!

Ackland Art Museum

For more than 20 years, the Ackland has supported K-12 classroom teachers with a wide range of educational opportunities, both in the Museum and in the classroom. The Ackland’s goal is to engage students with experiences that directly support teachers’ objectives in visual arts, language arts, social studies, and other subjects outlined within the North Carolina Essential Standards. In the Museum galleries, guided tours engage students in interactive, fun activities that reinforce the academic skills and subject matter they are learning in the classroom. In addition, the Ackland offers outreach programs and materials that teachers can use in the classroom before and after a trip to the Museum which encourage lively discussions and include activities for all  learners. The Ackland also provides teacher  workshops for  incorporating art into the K-12 classroom. For more information, click here.

Digital Innovation Lab at UNC-Chapel Hill – “Main Street, Carolina”

Launched by the College of Arts and Sciences in July 2011, the UNC Digital Innovation Lab is a project-focused hub for collaborative, interdisciplinary discovery, experimentation, implementation, and assessment in the use of digital technologies to advance the work of the University in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The Lab’s “Main Street, Carolina” project uses an innovative system for linking historical content (documents, photographs, postcards, and oral history interviews, largely drawn from the holdings of UNC, Duke, and the Durham Public Library) with locations on historical maps to create a variety of digital history projects, including online exhibits, virtual walking tours, and “ghost” tours of lost spaces.

The Consortium teamed up with with the Lab to produce classroom curriculum for three “Main Street, Carolina” projects: The Parrish Street Project, The Tobacco Heritage Trail, and Repopulating Hayti. These projects recover and re-create digitally Durham’s rich African-American history while tracing important economic institutions, from American Tobacco Company to North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. Students can wander virtually through interactive maps to discover the influence of Jim Crow segregation and the ways in which individuals tried to overcome racial and economic discrimination. They can experience “hands-on” learning through these websites while the accompanying lesson plans guide teachers in interactive classroom activities to help students engage with the virtual material. To read more about this exciting collaboration, click here.

Dream of a Nation 

The Dream of a Nation Project aims to empower students with critical civic knowledge and put them on a trajectory towards affecting real change in their community.  Offering a laser-focus on solutions,  Dream of a Nation restores faith that we can solve our current looming environmental, economic and societal challenges. Through the integration of a full-color illustrated book, a web community and comprehensive curriculum resources, teachers can expect their students to interact, create, and engage with content for the 21st century classroom. Visit  to learn more.  Basic registration is required to download the comprehensive set of resources including the book, lesson strategies, chapter questions, and NC standards alignment. These free resources are applicable for a range of disciplines including Social Studies, Civics and Economics, & American Government.

Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies at UNC-CH

The Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies (formerly the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations)  promotes understanding of the Middle East through teaching, research, and community outreach. Our center is distinguished by its cross-regional approach to Middle East studies, one that breaks down area studies barriers in order to track global flows of ideas, commodities, and people. The Center offers free films, lectures, and performance events for the public.  We also offer workshops, online classroom resources, curriculum development support, and information about grants for K-12 and community college educators.  Learn more about their outreach here.  To join our listserv, contact Outreach Director Emma Harver at


LEARN NC, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education, provides lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Explore their digital textbook of North Carolina history, discover the advantages of earning renewal credit online, utilize their ideas for the classroom, and more by visiting their site at

Local Government in North Carolina – A Digital Text Book

An excellent resource for anyone teaching about North Carolina local government, this online textbook sponsored by the North Carolina City and County Management Association and UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government helps teachers and students explore how counties, cities, towns, and villages affect our lives in many ways. Explore the online textbook by clicking here.

North Carolina Council on Economic Education

The North Carolina Council on Economic Education exists to enhance and advance economic and personal financial literacy for our state’s teachers and students. The NCCEE provides quality teaching resources and training, facilitates statewide academic competitions (such as the Stock Market Game, the Econ Challenge, and the County Marketing Contest), and advocates for economic and personal financial literacy with our states policy makers. The NCCEE website, is an excellent resource for educators and stakeholders who want to get equipped and get involved.

North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS)

NCCSS provides support to social studies educators across North Carolina, promoting the importance of the social studies in the curriculum, and striving to ensure that all North Carolina students develop skills and appreciations of social studies from the global to local perspective in order to become productive citizens in today’s changing world. For more information about NCCSS’s annual social studies conference, their awards and small grants programs, membership, and more, click here.

National Paideia Center

The National Paideia Center provides training and support for teachers of all grade levels and subject areas. Proven to positively impact the climate of the classroom and school, as well as student and teacher interest in academic study and democratic self-governance, Paideia is beneficial to all disciplines and learning levels. Click here to learn more about utilizing Paideia in your classroom.

North Carolina Science Festival

The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. 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.  As supporters of tomorrow’s scientists, educators are critical to the Festival’s mission. Educators can visit the Festival’s website ( to apply for K-12 programs offered for afterschool, elementary, middle and high school classes, and learn more about the many public events that take place across the state during the Festival.

UNC-Chapel Hill Center for European Studies

The UNC-Chapel Hill Center for European Studies offers teacher workshops, lesson plans, web-based information, and classroom-ready teaching materials to advance the study of contemporary Europe and the European Union. Their multimedia websites explore socio-cultural topics such as Muslim women in Europe and Francophone identities in the modern world. Click here to learn more about the Center and check out the lesson plans available through the EUCE here.

UNC-Chapel Hill Philosophy Outreach Program

The Outreach Program of the UNC-Chapel Hill Philosophy Department and Parr Center for Ethics uses the Philosophy Department’s resources to help people in the community think carefully and clearly about a broad range of ideas, commitments, and practices that regularly shape their lives. They offer free services to local schools (all grade levels), senior centers, community colleges, and many more locations.  Trained volunteers lead philosophy discussion groups in these locations and also serve as consultants for those interested in philosophy. The Program also hosts the High School Ethics Bowl, a competitive yet collaborative event in which students analyze and discuss real-life ethical issues. For more information on these programs and more visit

World View: An International Program for Educators.

World View is a public service department of UNC-Chapel Hill whose mission is to help K-12 schools, community colleges, and four-year colleges prepare student to succeed in an interconnected, diverse, and multicultural world.  World View accomplishes this mission by helping educators develop a greater understanding of world regions, cultures, and global issues through professional learning opportunities and international travel; integrate a global perspective into every subject area of the curriculum and at every grade level; and respond to rapid, cultural, and demographic changes in our classrooms and communities.  In addition to working in schools with educators, World View provides 21st Century Professional Development, including seminars, workshops, symposiums, online courses, and study visits abroad.  World View brings together experts from across the country and organizes professional development opportunities that provide global content and best practices for integrating global education in all areas of the curriculum and at every grade level. Visit our website for more information:

Statewide Professional Development Opportunities

For information about professional development opportunities across the state for K-12 social studies educators, check the Department of Public Instruction’s listings here.