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


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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).

Save the Date

The 2018 Southern Oral History Fellows

June 25-28, 2018 | Chapel Hill, NC

The 2018 Friday Teachers Retreat – “Carolina Voices,” in honor of Wilma Dykeman

July 25-27, 2018 | Asheville, NC

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.