Featured Curriculum 

Explore Asian Indian Immigration in North Carolina with a Free Film & Teaching Guide! 

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K-12 teachers are invited to download a FREE copy of the new film Remarkable Journey, which explores the ‘pioneer’ generation of Indian immigrants to North Carolina. To access the film, go to https://vimeo.com/237623028 and enter the password remarkable . The film is an excellent way to engage 6th through 9th grade students in a broad array of issues and topics, including immigration, Asian Indian history, the religious and cultural diversity of India, cultural exchange and acceptance, Asian Indian contributions to North Carolina, and more – largely through the first person accounts of Asian Indians living in NC.

Access the teaching materials to accompany the film, designed by Carolina K-12, at http://remarkable-journey.com/teaching-resources-1/. Materials were developed so that teachers can implement as much or as little as their time allows. Click here to see the film and film guide’s alignment to the NC Standard Course of Study.

More lessons can be found in our free Database of K-12 Lessons: k12database.unc.edu


Upcoming Workshops

Hip-hop and Peacebuilding in the Middle East, A Workshop for Educators 

Saturday, February 24, 2018

FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005 | UNC-Chapel Hill

K-12 teachers are invited to join the Duke UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and Carolina K-12 on February 24 at UNC Chapel Hill to explore poetry, hip-hop, and peacebuilding in the Middle East. During this creative one-day workshop, teachers will deepen understanding of a complex and diverse region by exploring history, geography, religion, and more. Teachers will participate in an interactive performance/lecture with world-renowned hip-hop artist Omar Offendum to learn about major sociopolitical shifts in Syria and uprisings in the Middle East. Teachers will then explore how music and the arts can be an avenue to engage students in cross-cultural learning with Pierce Freelon, Durham-based professor, musician and social entrepreneur. Teachers will also learn about resources offered by Carolina K-12 and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies related to these themes and more. The workshop will end with teachers attending a performance by Omar Offendum at UNC Chapel Hill. His poetry and music build on American hip-hop and compel diverse audiences to consider issues of identity, belonging, and diaspora. 

Click here to view the workshop agenda.

Register HERE today! Please contact Emma Harver at harver@email.unc.edu or 919-962-6732 with questions.


Current Opportunities

Poster Contest: “Defiance: Unarmed Resistance During the Holocaust”

Our friends at the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of NC are hosting a middle and high school poster contest for the theme of “Defiance: Unarmed Resistance During the Holocaust. ”This poster competition is open to all North Carolina middle and high school students. The goal of this contest is to encourage students to learn about and understand the inspirational and crucial aspect of resistance during the Holocaust, specifically resistance that did not involve violence (i.e., spiritual resistance, cultural resistance, political activism, etc.) Whether observing a religious holiday in a concentration camp, transporting a child on a bicycle so she could hide in a Christian home, or sharing recipes to keep spirits bolstered while starving in the woods, Jews and other victims of the Nazis held onto their humanity and culture, remained hopeful and believed in the future.

Prizes will be awarded in two categories: middle school and high school. In each category, a 1st prize of $150, 2nd prize of $75, and honorable mention of $50 will be provided. Entries must be accompanied by a completed entry form and an essay of approximately 125 words describing why the poster is relevant to the theme. The deadline for poster submissions is January 15, 2018.

Winners will be announced on March 1, 2018. Prizes will be awarded at the annual Holocaust commemoration held in Durham, NC, on April 15, 2018. Winning posters and accompanying essays will be displayed at the commemoration. Winners must receive their prizes in person at the commemoration, so applicants much ensure they can be in Durham on April 15, 2018 if selected. For more information and submission requirements, click here.

For lesson plans on teaching about the Holocaust, several of which deal with the theme of resistance, go to Carolina K-12’s database here.


Middle & High School Social Studies and ELA Teachers…Participate in this Online Professional Development Cohort and Receive $150! – Civil Conversation in the Classroom in Uncivil Times

How do you teach and utilize civil discussion in the classroom during seemingly uncivil times? Join Carolina K-12 and our awesome partners, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, in the Teacher 2 Teacher Civil Conversation Collaborative, a free, quality online professional development initiative for providing strategies and resources for implementing successful civil conversation in the middle and high school classroom. Be eligible to receive a $150 stipend, free lesson plans and balanced readings for civil conversation in the classroom, and .8 CEUs. Sign up here (before Jan. 28). 

The project timeline/stipend requirements include:

A. Civil Conversation in the Classroom

1. View a recorded 1 hour webinar at your convenience (but before Jan. 30.)

2. Participate in a live Q&A with NC teachers on January 30, 2018 at 7 pm EST.

3. Choose a lesson from the civil conversation lesson Library and try it out with at least one class. (Any time before March 1.)

4. Post thoughts on an online discussion board. (Any time before March 10.)

B. Role Play/Simulations as Academic Discussion

5. Attend a live webinar on March 15 at 7 pm EST. (Or watch the recorded webinar, which will be posted on March 16.)

6. Implement a role play or simulation from the lesson library with a class. (Any time before May 1.)

7. Post thoughts on online discussion board. (Any time before May 10.)

8. Reteach either a Civil Conversation or Role Play/Simulation, in hopes of making improvements based on what you’ve learned. (Any time before May 30.)

At the end of May, you will participate in a 45 min. national close-out webinar, fill out a super short flash survey, then your name will be entered into a drawing for a your $150 stipend. 

This program is open to any 6th-12th grade Social Studies and/or English Language Arts teacher(Teachers who have already participated in or are currently in the face-to-face cohorts in Guilford and Iredell counties are not eligible to participate.)

Register here (before Jan. 28.)


FREE WEBINAR: Using Newsela Articles with Civil Conversations

January 11, 2018 | 6:30 -7:30 p.m EST

So many news stories have presented important issues worth discussing. Since classrooms are often the first places students have an opportunity to critically discuss issues and events, Newsela and Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF)have teamed up to offer this free webinar to learn about a strategy to engage students in informed academic discussion utilizing the incredible and balanced readings available through Newsela’s free platform. North Carolina teachers who participate can receive .1 CEUs from Carolina K-12 by contacting Christie Norris post-participation (cnorris@unc.edu.)  

Register here: https://go.newsela.com/Hosting-Civil-Conversations.html
For more information on Civil Conversation go to http://www.crf-usa.org/t2t/signup

To browse Newsela’s resources, go to https://newsela.com/.

Sign up to receive Bill of Rights in Action, a great classroom resource!

Are you receiving the Constitutional Rights Foundations Bill of Rights In Action newsletter and teacher resources? You should be! Click here to see this month’s latest edition, and once you are hooked on the quality resources CRF provides, go here to sign up so that you don’t miss an issue!


Buddhism in North Carolina: A Local Study Tour for K-12 and Community College Educators

January 26, 2018 | Chapel Hill, NC

Co-sponsored by the Ackland Art Museum

This local-to-global study tour introduces K-12 and community college educators to North Carolina’s religious diversity through experiential learning and discussion. Educators will explore aspects of some of North Carolina’s diverse Buddhist communities through site visits and guided discussions with community experts and UNC faculty and staff. 1.0 CEUs / 10 PDCH. Cost for participants: $40 (includes lunch). For more information, please contact Holly Loranger at hloranger@unc.edu or 919-843-7793.

Register at worldview.unc.edu


Registration is Open for the 48th Annual NCCSS Conference

Theme: Expanding Visions Bridging Transitions
When: February 8-9, 2018
Where: Koury Convention Center, Greensboro, NC
Click here to Register Today!


2018 Law Week Events & Contests

Law Week 2018 events are made possible by the generous funding of the Beverly C. Moore Justice Fund of the North Carolina Bar Foundation Endowment in cooperation with the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association.

Law Day was inspired by Charles S. Rhyne, president of the American Bar Association in 1957-58 who practiced law in Washington, D.C. In deference to the Cold War and the Soviet Union’s commemoration of May Day, Rhyne drafted the founding Law Day resolution and personally delivered it to President Dwight D. Eisenhower who proclaimed May 1, 1958, as the first Law Day.

Every year since, the President has officially proclaimed May 1 as Law Day throughout the United States. The North Carolina Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Division, through formal proclamation by the Governor of North Carolina, celebrate Law Day on the first Friday in May.  

The NCBA’s observance of Law Day is scheduled Friday, May 4, 2018.

Liberty Bell

  • Nominations are now open for the 2018 Liberty Bell Award.  Nominations are due by Friday, March 16, 2018. 

Regional Moot Court Competition – Grades 9-12

Poster Contest – Grades 3-5: Contest Packet

Essay Contest – Grades 6-8 & 9-12: Contest Packet

New Pilot Program: The McIntyre Youth Leadership Initiative is a pilot program implemented with a primary purpose of encouraging students to embrace and practice the principles of good citizenship.  It provides students with a unique opportunity to identify a problem in their community, research potential solutions, and make recommendations.  Student participants will prepare a 3-4 minute persuasive speech to inspire and challenge others to participate in the solution of the identified problem.  

If questions, contact Jacquelyn Terrell, NCBA Director of Divisions, jterrell@ncbar.org or 919.657.1561


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