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“I am on my 31st year. Naturally retirement is on my mind. This experience has reminded me why I became a teacher and why I continue to teach.Thank you for reminding me what my life’s calling has been and will continue to be.”    ~2017 Carolina Voices participant, Lenoir County

In 2016, Carolina K-12 began a partnership with the North Caroliniana Society, a private nonprofit dedicated to the promotion of increased knowledge and appreciation of North Carolina’s heritage. Committed to supporting our state’s K-12 teachers, the Society developed the William Friday Teacher Education Initiative, with the goal of equally educating and appreciating our state’s hard working educators through free, quality professional development events. In partnership with Carolina K-12 and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library, the first annual William Friday Teacher’s Seminar was held in July 2016, and will be followed by additional events throughout each year.

 Upcoming North Caroliniana Society Initiatives

  • The William Friday Teachers’ Retreat in Honor of Wilma Dykeman | July 25-28, 2018 | Asheville, NC
  • The William Friday Teachers’ Retreat | November 11-13, 2018 | Chapel Hill, NC

Additional information and registration instructions will be posted on our Upcoming Trainings page.

The 2016 William Friday Teachers’ Seminar | Carolina Voices: Exploring the Diverse History & Heritage of the Tar Heel State


Participants in the first annual Friday Institute represented 21 of NC’s counties.

Generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society, the first annual William Friday Teacher’s Seminar, Carolina Voices: Exploring the Diverse History & Heritage of the Tar Heel State, was hosted at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library on July 17-19, 2016.

This unique three-day event explored the diverse tapestry, distinctive people & events, and rich heritage of North Carolina. From learning about the ways enslaved people resisted oppression and sought freedom throughout the state, to exploring the dramatic history of textile mills and labor strikes in rural North Carolina towns, to learning how the state’s unique dialects tell the story of our varied histories, teachers enjoyed an intellectual tour of North Carolina’s most captivating events and resilient people.



Mary Williams performs “From Slavery to Civil Rights: An Aural History Tour

This dynamic event integrated:

To learn more about the North Caroliniana Society, visit their website by clicking here. To learn about upcoming William Friday Teacher Education Initiatives, funded by the Society, visit our Upcoming Trainings page or contact Christie Norris at