Featured Curriculum 

Celebrate Women’s History Month  

Women’s History Month was first established in March 1987 by Congress with the purpose of “commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.” Carolina K-12 has a number of lessons highlighting the important contributions to US History made by women – including two new lessons about Pauli Murray and the unsung women of the Civil Rights Moment from our Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows.

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

Upcoming Workshops

“Doing Democracy: Civic Education and Engagement at the Public Library”
Friday April 27- Saturday April 28, 2018
Chapel Hill Public Library | Meeting Room B


Click here to view the agenda

Libraries level the playing field as great democratic institutions, serving people of every age, income level, location, ethnicity, or physical ability, and providing the full range of information resources needed to live, learn, govern, and work. [They] are places for community engagement, a platform for great minds to come together. ~American Library Association

If the 2016 election cycle taught us anything, it is that our country is deeply divided. From politicians on all sides at all levels refusing to cooperate, to the day-to-day divisive arguments on social media, many have grown disillusioned and are left with the powerless feeling that our democracy is broken. Where better to reengage in the important work of practicing democracy and civic engagement than at the public library?

Join the Chapel Hill Public Library (CHPL) and Carolina K-12 at UNC-Chapel Hill for “Doing Democracy: Civic Education & Engagement at the Public Library,” where teachers will spend two exciting days exploring the public library as a space for students to actively engage in and with local government, civil discourse, civic participation, and more! Throughout the agenda, teachers will interact with and learn directly from local government officials and civic education experts then explore coordinating experiential learning activities for the K-12 classroom designed to promote student civic learning and engagement.

Teachers will leave with online access to multiple standards-based, civic education activities, which can be led back in the classroom, or implemented during a fieldtrip to a public library. (Teachers interested in replicating some of the workshop activities during a public library fieldtrip, and/or having local government official’s work with students, will receive information about doing so at the event.)

“Doing Democracy” will ultimately offer teachers first-hand insight into how to engage students in civic education and local government, including the services provided by public libraries, as well as creative activities for leading students in participatory civics, from civil conversations to city council simulations. REGISTER TODAY! 

Participating teachers will receive:

  • A $75 stipend post-attendance
  • 2 CEUs
  • Lunch both days & breakfast on Saturday
  • Access to local government officials and civic education experts
  • Access to curriculum and activities that focus on various civic education topics and that utilize creative strategies to engage K-12 students (simulations, role plays, etc.)
  • Fun giveaways and prizes!
  • Free, single-occupancy hotel accommodations for teachers meeting mileage requirements
    • A hotel room is available for Friday evening for participants traveling over 75 miles round trip. An additional hotel room is available for Thursday evening for participants traveling over 300 miles roundtrip. LIMITED HOTEL ROOMS ARE AVAILABLE, so register today to claim one!


This program is a collaboration of the Chapel Hill Public Library and Carolina K-12 at UNC-Chapel Hill, with assistance from Engaging Local Government Leaders. Funding is provided by the NC City & County Managers AssociationThis 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).

Opportunities for Teachers from Carolina Public Humanities 

Attend an Adventures in Ideas Seminar 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 register.humanities.unc.edu 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.

Breaking the Cycles of History: A Conversation Around “Leaving Eden”

Acclaimed playwright, Mike Wiley (The Parchman Hour, Dar He: The Lynching of Emmett Till) returns to PlayMakers’ in April 2018 with, Leaving Eden,  an “American fable for today that explores the cyclical nature of human behavior through the lens of a small North Carolina town. This story of racial tension, immigration and economic crisis unearths the stories of yesterday while yielding a hopeful hymn for our future.” Join Carolina Public Humanities, the UNC General Alumni Association, and PlayMakers Repertory Company on Monday, April 16 for a panel discussion about this important play featuring Mike Wiley, director Vivienne Benesch, and two of UNC Chapel Hill’s most esteemed faculty,  Paul Cuadros and Rachel Seidman.

This event will be held at PlayMakers’ Paul Green Theatre on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 7:00-8:15pm.

Panelists include:

  • Vivienne Benesch, director
  • Paul Cuadros, Associate Professor of Media and Journalism
  • Rachel Seidman, Associate Director of the Southern Oral History Program
  • Mike Wiley, playwright

This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Register with the GAA here.

Opportunities from Our Friends

Bill of Rights in Action – featuring NC teacher Ben Conklin!

Check out this month’s Bill of Rights in Action by our partners at the Constitutional Rights Foundation, featuring an activity on Ida B. Wells created by Iredell-Statesville teacher Ben Conklin! (Way to represent, Ben!) Down load the issue here and sign up with CRF to receive this excellent resource straight to your in-box quarterly! And make sure you check out the T2T Project, a partnership between CRF, Carolina K-12 and the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship, for implementing civil conversation in the classroom! (Contact Christie Norris at cnorris@unc.edu for more information!)

Teaching the Cold War Survey

The Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies (CSEEES) at UNC-Chapel Hill, strives to provide NC educators with the tools, resources, and knowledge they need to teach about the history, cultures, and languages of the region.

They are currently designing an open-access visual guide to U.S.-Soviet/Russian relations during the Cold War to be used in K-12 classrooms. Since both sides employed visuals in waging the Cold War, access to professionally curated and annotated sets of visual primary sources in both English and Russian (with translation) will support curriculum building and help students develop both a greater historical awareness and critical thinking skills through inquiry-based learning.

They would greatly appreciate your input at this stage to help them create a lasting and effective teaching resource. Help them by completing this short (less than five minute) survey. Thanks for your assistance!

Click here to complete the survey.

Last Chance to Sign Up For the Jane Austen Summer Program!! 

The deadline for scholarship applications is March 12 and the winners will be announced by April 16. 

The 2018 Jane Austen Summer Program, “Northanger Abbey & Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror,” will be held June 14-17, 2018, at the Hampton Inn in Carrboro, NC. Earn 3 CEU credits and gain valuable insights into teaching Jane Austen in your classroom! Scholarships are available. 

The Jane Austen Summer Program is an annual four-day symposium designed to appeal to established scholars, high school and middle school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone else with a passion for all things Austen. Each year, the symposium focuses on a different Austen work. 

This year’s program, “Northanger Abbey Frankenstein: 200 Years of Horror,” celebrates the bicentenary of the publication of these two novels. While very different works by writers of differing temperaments, these two novels both react to the gothic movement in literature and comment on the frightening results of the French revolution. 

The symposium features lectures, “context corners,” and small discussion groups, as well as special breakout sessions for teachers that will share innovative ways to bring Jane Austen alive in middle school and high school classrooms. Additional activities include Regency dance lessons, Regency theatricals, a Regency Masquerade Ball, and the chance to partake in an English afternoon tea. 

The program offers 30 contact hours for 3 CEU credits. K-12 teachers receive a discounted tuition of $275 per person (regular tuition is $495 per person). The tuition covers all seminars, panels, lectures, and small group discussions, a tote bag, dance lessons, a rare book tour at UNC’s Wilson Library, one ticket to the Regency theatricals, and one ticket to the Regency Masquerade Ball, as well as a daily warm buffet breakfast, elevenses, a welcome banquet, and light refreshments at the Ball. 

Scholarships are available to current North Carolina middle school and high school teachers. Two additional scholarships, made possible by a generous donation from Oxford University Press, are available to current middle school and high school teachers from any US state. Scholarships cover the full tuition fee; free housing at the home of a local attendee will also be provided for scholarship winners, subject to availability. 

To apply for a North Carolina teacher scholarship or an Oxford University Press teacher scholarship, visit http://janeaustensummer.org/scholarships/scholarships/ and complete the application form. 

For more information, visit http://janeaustensummer.org/


The deadline for submission is March 11th at 11:59 PM. 

As part of the Center for European Studies’ third annual Europe Week celebration on April 9th-15th we are hosting an EU Today Essay Contest. High School and college students, teachers, faculty members, business and non-profit professionals and all other community members are invited to share their thoughts on the importance of Transatlantic relations.

Essays should be 1,000 words maximum and formatted with 12 pt font and doubles spaced. Writers may choose to answer one of three prompts:

1) What does the EU do for its citizens?
2) Why does the EU matter?
3) What is the most critical issue facing the EU today and why?

One winner and two runner ups will receive gift certificates from Flyleaf Books and winning essays will be featured at a reception during Europe Week, April 9th -15th. In addition, CES will feature winning essays on our website and blog. Essays will be judged based on originality, clarity, quality of the writing, and ability to convey their thoughts and perspectives on the EU.

Writers are encouraged to consider the EU Commission’s Europe 2020 strategy which outlines critical goals for Europe’s future.

Two Great Seminars from World View

Building Stronger Bridges: Cultural Respect and Equity in the Classroom

A Seminar for K-12 and Community College Educators

March 20-21, 2018 | The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill, NC

How can North Carolina educators build stronger bridges in their classrooms and communities to support diverse populations of learners? Through plenary talks and small group breakout sessions, K-12 and community college educators at World View’s spring seminar will explore issues of cultural respect and equity, learning what barriers need to be removed and what strategies can be implemented to recognize the potential for all learners.

1.5 CEU / 15 PDCH offered. Check out the website for more information or register here.

East Asia: Traditions, Trends and Transformations

A Seminar for K-12 and Community College Educators

March 21-22, 2018 | The Friday Conference Center, Chapel Hill, NC

East Asia is extraordinarily diverse and complex: culturally, ethnically, geographically, economically. In spite of rapid transitions due to globalization and geopolitical forces, East Asia maintains some of the world’s oldest cultural traditions. East Asia’s complexity, diversity and shifting role in global affairs present numerous opportunities for learning. Through plenary talks and small group sessions, K-12 and community college educators will explore East Asia’s history, culture, diversity, contemporary affairs and changing role in the world. Participants will discover and experience strategies and resources for integrating these issues and topics into the classroom or learning environment.

1.5 CEU / 15 PDCH offered. Check out the website for more information or register here

“Dimensions of the Middle East: Foundations, Cultures, and Geopolitics”

A Summer Institute for Grades 6-12 Educators

June 24-29, 2018, Duke University, Durham, NC

Application Deadline: Sunday, March, 25, 2018 at 5:00pm EST

Join The Duke Islamic Studies Center, Duke University Middle East Studies Center, and Qatar Foundation International for a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to different dimensions of the Middle East. From social movements to geopolitics to cultures and more, teachers will deepen their understanding of both the historic and modern Middle East. Participants will learn from scholars and community experts, engage with authentic texts, and participate in experiential learning activities. Throughout the institute, teachers will think about how to bring these themes into their classrooms and will work in groups or individually to develop curriculum or materials for classroom use. For the full program description, please visit here. All expenses will be covered for selected participants.

To apply, please visit Qatar Foundation International’s Grants Management Portal, FluidReview, at qfi.fluidreview.com and register to create an account and apply.

For any programmatic questions, please contact Emma Harver at harver@email.unc.edu

For any questions regarding the application process or FluidReview, please contact Craig Cangemi at ccangemi@qfi.org

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.


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

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


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