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The 2019 William Friday Teachers Retreat

In honor of Marie Colton 

Carolina Voices

Designed to equally educate and appreciate our state’s incredible teachers 

Wednesday, July 24 – Friday, July 26, 2019 | Asheville, NC         

Generously funded by the North Caroliniana Society


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North Carolina history and culture represents a tapestry of diverse and distinctive people & events. And where better to dive into a broad study of the Tar Heel State this summer than beautiful Asheville, NC! UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina K-12, in partnership with the North Caroliniana Society, invite 4th – 12th grade teachers from to join us for an engaging (and FREE!) two and a half day academic retreat in the “Land of the Sky,” during which teachers will enjoy a snapshot of some of North Carolina’s most captivating stories and history, all the while celebrating each participating teacher and the important work you do. Recharge in the mountains of Carolina while you enjoy:

  • Presentations on compelling topics from North Carolina history and literature from engaging scholars, authors & musicians
  • A private trolley tour of Asheville, a tour of the Thomas Wolfe State Historic Site, and time to explore all the fun and culture Asheville has to offer on your own.
  • A Teacher Appreciation Dinner (on Wednesday night) at the highly acclaimed Strada Italiano
  • Artistic experiences with performances by gospel singer Mary D. Williams, The Friends of the Cherokee, and a workshop with The Poetry Project.
  • A session with Holocaust survivor Walter Ziffer and a copy of his memoir Confronting the Silence.

Teachers participating in this FREE professional development and teacher appreciation event will receive:

  • 2.0 CEUs
  • Access to the best-of-the-best historical experts, university scholars, authors, & performers, as well as teaching ideas and pedagogical exploration
  • Beautiful, single-occupancy accommodations (Wednesday & Thursday night) at the award-winning downtown Indigo Hotel 
    • Accommodations are available for teachers traveling more than 70 miles round trip; please utilize mapping software to calculate the distance from your home to 151 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801-2616 to ensure you qualify for a room.
    • If you do not meet the mileage requirements but have special circumstances for which you would like to request a room, you can inquire by contacting Paul Bonnici at
  • Teachers not staying in the hotel and traveling locally between 45-69 miles round trip will receive a $50 travel stipend post-attendance.
  • Dinner on Wednesday; breakfast & lunch on Thursday & Friday
  • The important chance to recharge with other teachers around the state, and revel in constant affirmation and appreciation for your work as a PROFESSIONAL who is making NC a better place each day you enter the classroom!

Registration requirements:

  • This FREE event is open to any currently practicing 4-12 public or charter school teacher in Social Studies, English/Language Arts, and other humanities disciplines, with the requirement that applicants must cover NC History and/or NC literature in their curriculum. Teachers must be able to attend ALL HOURS of EACH DAY of the event in order to register. (No exceptions, such as conflicts that require leaving early, arriving late, or missing any session or activity, please.) See the AGENDA for specific start and end times.
  • Past participants of Friday Retreats at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library, in Edenton, and in Asheville are ineligible due to repeated content.
  • Teachers will be notified of their status within 10 business days of submitting their application. If your application is accepted, you will be contacted to provide a credit card number to hold your space. YOUR CARD WILL NOT BE CHARGED to participate in this free event as long as you participate or provide notice of cancellation by July 3, 2019. Failure to attend or cancel your participation, which results in hotel fees & food waste, and prevents other teachers from attending, can result in a $75 cancellation fee applied to your card. This charge is ONLY applied for a registrant who does not cancel their registration. We take your privacy very seriously; all credit card information is kept in a locked safe and then shredded after the training date. If you have any questions, contact Paul Bonnici at or 919.962.1544.
  • If you teach at a year-round school and your school cannot cover the cost of your substitute, please contact Paul Bonnici at to inquire about sub reimbursement for your school.

An event provided by the North Caroliniana Society to educate and equally appreciate our state’s hard working educators, teachers do not want to miss this unique exploration of the Tar Heel State in one of its most beautiful cities! To apply for participation, click the link below.

Funding for this event is generously provided the North Caroliniana Society.



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.