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Scroll down to see all our available trainings and workshops. If you have questions regarding the posted events, contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or

For virtual events, any educator is welcome to apply, including pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, community college and university faculty, and community educators.

Click here to inquire about CEUs for attending our virtual programs.

View recordings of past Teaching Hard History virtual programs here. View recordings of past Carolina Voices programs here.

SPECIAL EVENT: Join Carolina K-12 for the NC Humanities Council’s Caldwell Award Ceremony, Honoring Dr. Jim Clark | Featuring Presentations by Christie Norris & Mary D. Williams

Thursday, Oct. 29, 4:00 – 4:45 PM

Dr. Jim Clark, who many Carolina K-12 participants have met at the William Friday Teacher Retreats, is being honored for his statewide impact and achievements as this year’s Caldwell Award recipient, given annually by the NC Humanities Council. As a huge proponent of supporting and valuing NC K-12 teachers with free and high quality seminars, and constantly reaffirming the importance of honoring teachers as the valued professionals they are, we hope all of our K-12 friends and family will join us to celebrate Dr. Clark on Oct. 29 at 4 pm!

The program will include an address by Christie Norris, Director of Carolina K-12, honoring Dr. Clark and North Carolina’s teachers, titled “Teaching the Darkness Away: Humanities, History and Education (in Times of Crisis)” – and the incomparable Mary D. Williams will also be lifting us up in song. 

Don’t miss this free, virtual event honoring both the vast contributions of Dr. Jim Clark, as well as the importance of our state’s K-12 teachers. Registration is not required; just tune in at 4 PM for the live stream at either of these sites:

For more information, visit the NC Humanities Council here.

Rifles, Radio and Resistance: Robert F. Williams and the Black Freedom Movement

Tuesday November 10  |  5 pm – 6:30 pm

Featuring Dr. Freddie Parker & Dr. Seth Kotch | Moderated by Christie Norris, Carolina K-12

***Registrants are encouraged to complete this reading, “Teaching About Self Defense in the African American Freedom Struggle, prior to participation.***

While our history books usually include a watered-down version of the American Civil Rights Movement and its use of non-violent direct action, little attention is paid to the courageous resistance to white supremacy enacted by men such as North Carolina’s Robert F. Williams. The defiance of Mr. Williams and thousands of other activists, including the partnership of his wife Mabel, illustrates how black Southerners were prepared to defend themselves, their families, their homes, and their rights however necessary – including armed self-defense if and when necessary. In this session, we will examine the influences, philosophies, leadership, and action of Robert F. Williams, which as written by Dr. Tim Tyson, “illustrates that ‘the civil rights movement’ and ‘the Black Power movement’ emerged from the same soil, confronted the same predicaments, and reflected the same quest for African American freedom.”

All educators (K-12, community college, university) are welcome to attend, including community educators and individuals with interest in the topic. Material shared will be most relevant for educators of grade 8 and higher, however.

This event is provided by Carolina K-12 and the NC Museum of History, with funding from the Braitmayer Foundation.


“My NC A to Z” – A Conversation with Michelle Lanier About North Carolina’s Rich African American History, Heritage & Culture (Receive a Free Book!)

Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 5 – 6 PM

From incredible champions for civil rights like Abraham Galloway, Ella Baker, and Pauli Murray – to the exceptional history of places like Freedom Hill, the Royal Ice Cream Parlor and Rosenwald Schools – North Carolina abounds with rich African American history, heritage and culture. And all of this is beautifully celebrated in a stunning new board book written by Michelle Lanier and illustrated by Dare Coulter, My N.C. from A to Z (

Early childhood and elementary school educators are invited to join Carolina K-12, the African American Heritage Commission and the North Caroliniana Society to learn about the book, the people and places it celebrates, and the many ways it can be used as a creative tool for teaching children about equality and social justice. Author of the book, scholar, and Director of State Historic Sites Michelle Lanier will join us to talk about her inspiration for this work, as well as share the stories of some of the history and culture represented throughout its pages.

In appreciation of our state’s hard-working elementary school teachers, the North Caroliniana Society will be providing a FREE COPY of My NC From A to Z to 100 teachers that participate in the virtual program! (A link will be provided during the program which teachers will fill out with their address. Books will be mailed and arrive 1-2 weeks post event.) Book recipients must be currently teaching in a North Carolina Pre-K program or North Carolina public school or public charter (in grades K-4) and must attend the entire live virtual session to receive the book. Additional copies can be purchased at


Virtual CEUs

CEUs are provided for all programming, including virtual programs. Click here for more information on requesting CEUs for virtual programming.


Cancellation for Carolina K-12 Trainings

Carolina K-12 is dedicated to assisting teachers by providing free trainings, materials, participant meals, etc. Carolina K-12 does not require a deposit or fee to attend our trainings; therefore, we ask that registered participants needing to cancel do so at least one week prior to the training date. Please understand that participants who do not cancel their spot in a timely fashion prevent teachers on the waiting list from participating.

Attend Carolina Public Humanities’ Adventures in Ideas Seminars at a Discount & Receive a $75 Stipend Post-Attendance!

In addition to the free teacher trainings offered by Carolina K-12, educators can also register to attend an Adventures in Ideas seminar offered by Carolina Public Humanities (CPH). While these lectures are designed for a general audience and will not include pedagogical training, they are an excellent way for teachers to broaden their content knowledge in various subjects as life-long-learners.

Scholarships covering 50% of the tuition are available for all Adventures in Ideas seminars for currently employed full-time teachers, librarians, and administrators in K-12 public and private schools and community colleges. These teacher scholarships for general seminars are made possible by generous donors to CPH. Check out the listing of Adventures in Ideas seminars offered by CPH, here.

If you see an Adventures in Ideas seminar you would like to attend, take the following steps to apply for the 50% discount:

  • Register using our online shopping cart. Select the “this guest is a teacher/educator” option when completing your registration form.
  • Call us at 919.962.1544 to register over the phone

Please note:

  • Teachers are eligible for one $75 travel stipend per semester. The 50% discount can be applied to multiple Adventures in Ideas seminars. These discounts and travel stipends to not apply to any other CPH events.
  • Funding restrictions do not allow us to award scholarships to substitute or retired teachers. CPH’s “first time participant’s discount” or a “three or more discount” may not be combined with a teacher scholarship.
  • Should you need to cancel your participation, $30 is non-refundable. Reservations for optional meals may be cancelled up to noon two business days before a seminar.
  • Applications without a signature or payment cannot be processed and will be returned.
  • Scholarships are not needed for any event hosted by Carolina K-12, which are free of charge to teachers. Scholarships are only needed for CPH’s Adventures in Ideas seminars.

Teachers who attend CPH’s Adventures in Ideas seminars can apply for a $75 stipend via the Daisy Edmister Fund!

Visit the Daisy Edmister Fund site for more information. 

Scholarships for Teachers at Raleigh Charter High School

Thanks to a generous gift from Novie Beth Ragan Gad, whose children are graduates of Raleigh Charter, both full and part-time teachers at Raleigh Charter High School are eligible to receive a scholarship to any Humanities Program seminar. Funds will be reimbursed upon successful completion of the seminar. For information, please call 919.962.1544.

Custom Trainings

Carolina K-12 also offers customized trainings for individual schools, school districts, and extra-curricular programs (i.e., 4-H, Youth Councils, etc.) We can also organize a professional development retreat for your group at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Costs vary. To learn more about our customization options, as well as our trainings for after school and youth leadership programs, please contact Christie Hinson Norris at 919.843.9387  or