Phew! We can’t believe it’s already the start of the school year. It seems like yesterday we were wishing everyone a happy summer break. We here at Carolina K-12 hope that y’all had a chance to relax, recharge your batteries, and reflect upon the past school year.

Our summer didn’t involve any beach trips or exotic vacations, but don’t feel too bad for us, we got to spend time with some amazing educators from across North Carolina. In June, we hosted our second cohort of Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows with UNC’s Southern Oral History Program. You can read about their experiences in endeavors magazine.

In July, we headed to Asheville for the 2018 William Friday Teachers Retreat in honor of acclaimed North Carolina writer, Wilma Dykeman. Thanks to the generosity of the North Caroliniana Society, the Hillsdale Fund, Mr. Rusty Edmister, and many others, our attendees got to tour the Biltmore House, listen to some great music, eat some great food, and learn about some fascinating North Carolina history and culture.

Finally, we finished up the summer with an awe-inspiring event with our Middle Eastern and African Cultures Fellows in Greensboro. Working with the NC African Services Coalition, we learned about the process of refugee resettlement and spoke with a dozen refugee students about their experiences resettling in the Triad.

It’s been quite a whirlwind and we aren’t slowing down. We’ve got another William Friday Teacher Retreat coming up November 11-13 in Chapel Hill, so save the date. Application information will be available soon.

We wish you luck with the upcoming school year and we’re here if you need anything.

— Paul & Christie, Carolina K-12

Featured Curriculum 

Doing Democracy: Civic Education and Engagement at the Public Library

With the recent toppling of Silent Sam, the Confederate Monument at UNC-Chapel Hill, your students may have a lot of questions. In this activity, students will begin to think about the public library as a space for civil discourse then engage in respectful dialogue surrounding a controversial issue themselves. Students will learn about a community conversation about Confederate monuments held at the Chapel Hill Public Library in August 2017 and using the Civil Conversations Model from the Constitutional Rights Foundation, students will read about then discuss in small groups the controversy surrounding Confederate monuments. It includes a few additional articles that deal with the recent toppling of the statue. (This activity can be conducted as part of a visit to the public library, during which students explore the library as a space for civil discourse, or in the classroom.)

Middle & High School Lesson Plans

This program is a collaboration of the Chapel Hill Public Libraryand Carolina K-12 at UNC-Chapel Hill, with assistance from Engaging Local Government Leaders. Funding is provided by the NC City & County Managers Association. This program is also made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-17-0034-17).

More free lessons and PowerPoints are available in our Database of K-12 Lessons.

Opportunities for Teachers from Carolina Public Humanities 

Attend an Adventures in Ideas Seminar this Fall and Receive a $75 Stipend!

Carolina K-12’s parent program, Carolina Public Humanities, loves educators as much as we do. To prove it, they offer a 50% tuition discount, 1.0 CEU credits, AND a $75 stipend for attending one of their Adventures in Ideas weekend seminars. Although these events don’t offer pedagogical training, they’re a great way to expand your content knowledge while listening to some of UNC-Chapel Hill’s best professors.  Here’s a list of this semester’s Adventures in Ideas seminars:

Visit to sign up or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Please note that this offer does not apply to Dialogues seminars and only one $75 stipend can be claimed per semester. Stipends are provided by the Daisy Edmister Teacher Support Fund.

Opportunities from Our Friends

UNC World View’s 2018 Global Education Symposium

October 17-18, the Friday Center in Chapel Hill

World View’s K-12 global education symposium is held each October at the William and Ida Friday Center in Chapel Hill, NC. This day-and-a-half program explores significant global issues, offers best practices and resources in global education and provides educators an opportunity to develop a global action plan for their classroom, school or system. It’s an immersive professional development experience that will increase educators’ knowledge of global issues and global competency skills and promote global education by integrating these issues in the classroom or school culture. This program is designed to meet the global education needs of K-12 classroom teachers of all disciplines, administrators, media coordinators, other school professionals, central office and all educators seeking the Global Educator Digital Badge.

For more information, visit World View’s site.

Check Out These Great Professional Development Courses from the National Humanities Center

  • Humanities in Class: Digital Literacy in the Classroom is a five-module online course designed to explore ways in which the humanities can serve as a powerful tool in developing critical analytics skills in the 21st century information age. In this virtual course, educators explore digital literacy and citizenship using investigation, analysis, discussion, and reflection based on materials developed by leading humanities scholars. Participants will also develop a classroom resource that is customized to their own educational environment based on the NHC curriculum model. The course opens on September 4 and earns participants 15 hours of CEU credit. Registration is limited to 30.
  • Humanities in Class: Sugar Mill, Sea, Society in Caribbean History on September 29, 2018 at the National Humanities Center. This one-day symposium will help you understand this complex topic better – and to practice hands-on teaching strategies that will help your students use archival documents to investigate this global system. You can also look forward to working with some familiar faces and colleagues – including Andrew Payne of the National Archives, Chris Bunin of Albemarle County Public Schools, and Mike Williams of Warren New Tech School in Warrenton, North Carolina. Registration is limited to 80:
  • Humanities in Class Webinar Series 2018-19 provides an irreverent, fast-paced forum for scholars and educators to discuss compelling topics in our world through a humanities lens. This year we will feature sessions on the Second Amendment, privacy in the digital age, hip hop scholarship, and the truth and myths of Game of Thrones among other exciting topics. Registration is limited per session to 200:

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial Student Writing Competition, “Telling Our Tales”

Asheville native Thomas Wolfe is best known for his novels but wrote many short stories as well. In anticipation of the 118th October birthday celebration for Wolfe, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial invites students and teachers to participate in the 2018 “Telling Our Stories” Student Writing Competition. Entries can be accepted now through Saturday, Oct. 6.

Students must submit their own work of fiction inspired by Thomas Wolfe’s story “No Cure for It.” The story was published in 1941 three years after Wolfe’s death in a collection of short stories titled “The Hills Beyond.” The story returns to the life of “Look Homeward Angel” character Eugene Gant whose concerned mother summons a doctor to examine the alarmingly awkward and extremely tall seven-years-old.

First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from three age groups: grades four to five, six to eight, and nine to 12. Submissions may be hand delivered, postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Winners will be invited to present their stories and accept their awards at a program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s visitor center at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Cash awards are given in each age group.

Find the story, competition guidelines, submission form and ideas on website on the Thomas Wolfe Memorial website at

For more information about the event contact Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801, call 828-253-8304 or visit It is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Population Explorer:  A State-of-the-Art Mapping Tool for Educators

Population Explorer is an online mapping tool used in over 120 countries. It provides access to high-resolution, authoritative, global population and demographic data. The data are presented in an intuitive, interactive, mapping platform. 

The Population Explorer app enables students to quickly define study areas by uploading or creating custom boundaries. They can then immediately identify verified population statistics for the selected area, anywhere on earth. Our program is ideal for classroom and remote learning. Projects can be shared with multiple users, students can access projects remotely, and work can be saved inside the application or exported for long-term projects. The interface is designed to be familiar and user-friendly so educators and students can get the information they need from authoritative sources, immediately and effectively.

North Carolina’s K-12 teachers can receive a special extended trial period as well as generous subscription discounts.

Click here to download an informational flyer. Visit the Population Explorer site for more information.

Join our friends at Montpelier for “The Mind of Madison” Nov. 16-18

5 spots for NC teachers are available – There is an $80 registration fee, but otherwise all expenses are COVERED!

For sixty years, James Madison applied his powerful intellect to the challenges facing the new American republic.  He and his fellow founders built a system of self-government on a foundation of words – written constitutions and laws.  This seminar will consider several of the subjects that vexed Madison the most, including (i) the separation of powers, (ii) federalism, (iii) religious freedom and individual rights, and (iv) slavery.  We will examine what Madison thought, how his views evolved through his long life of public service, and the relevance (or irrelevance) of those ideas today.

Visit Montpelier’s website to apply. 


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