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Teaching with “The Light of Truth:” A Symposium on Ida B. Wells Barnett

A FREE symposium & workshop for 8th – 12th grade teachers (breakfast & lunch included)

Due to COVID-19 related concerns, this event has been postponed until the fall. We will contact all those who applied via email with further instructions.

Anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett believed that “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” 8th-12th grade public school teachers are invited to join us for a day-long event to celebrate the incredible life and work of this Black journalist, advocate, educator, and anti-lynching activist, who used the power of words to fight racial violence at the height of lynching between the 1890s and the 1930s.

April 4th will begin with a panel discussion for the general public featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones (The 1619 Project) and Ron Nixon, both founders of the Ida B. Wells Society, followed by an examination of the history of racial terror lynchings in Orange County, NC. Attending teachers will then breakout into a workshop with Carolina K-12 in which we examine how to teach comprehensively about our shared “hard history” to ensure students understand the implications of our past and are empowered to address the challenges of the present. From integrating primary sources to engaging in effective classroom conversations about difficult subjects, teachers will leave with strategies and specific lesson plans for teaching about Ida B. Wells-Barnett, racial terror lynching, the lasting legacies of racial violence, resistance and agency, and more.

While registration is open to any 8th – 12th grade currently practicing teacher, priority registration will be given to teachers in Orange County, NC and in Title I schools. Teachers registering must be able to attend the entire symposium on April 4th. (Unfortunately, late arrivals or early departures cannot be accommodated to ensure registrants get the most out of the event.) Please check your calendar to ensure you can participate for the entirety of 8:30 – 5 pm before registering. Please note that filling out this form does not guarantee your registration; you will receive notice regarding acceptance withing 8 days of submitting your form. Questions can be sent to Paul Bonnici at .

***Out of deep appreciation for teachers, this event is being offered FREE OF CHARGE (valued at $150+ p.p. when considering presenter fees/travel and food costs). It is thus critical that registrants needing to cancel provide notice before Friday March 27. Failure to cancel and not attending results in waste of materials, food, & funding, and prevents teachers on the wait list from participating.***

This event is sponsored by the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, the UNC-Chapel Hill Center for the Study of the American South, the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Journalism, The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Cultural and History, Carolina K-12 at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Branch of the NAACP, and #BlackOutLoudUNC.




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 the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ General 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 the numerous seminars offered by the Program in the Humanities and Human Values (the Program.) 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 the Humanities Program. Check out the listing of general programs offered by the Program in the Humanities & Human Values here.

If you see a general program you would like to attend, take the following steps to apply for the 50% discount:

  • If filling out the paper registration form, complete and sign the “Attention Teachers” portion of the form and enclose payment (the full tuition less the 50% discount.) Optional meals are also served for a fee; should you choose to participate in the optional meal, you’ll add that amount to your discounted tuition amount.  If registering online, please follow the instructions listed on our registration page.
  • Funding restrictions do not allow us to award scholarships to substitute or retired teachers. The Program’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.
  • Please note that scholarships are not needed for any event hosted by Carolina K-12, which are free of charge to teachers. Scholarships are only needed for the Program in the Humanities & Human Values’ general programs.

Teachers who attend the Humanities Program’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

Professional Development Spotlight

From Segregation to Civil Rights: A Journey through North Carolina’s History

On January 14th, 2008, Carolina K-12 (then named NC Civic Education Consortium) hosted a training for North Carolina history educators on teaching about our state’s diverse past.

  • Check out this video for an inside look at our teacher workshops!
  • To access the curriculum from this workshop, click here.