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FREE Teacher Workshop:  Utilizing Primary Sources to Teach About Slavery

Tuesday, February 11 | 4 PM – 8:45 PM (**includes complimentary dinner) | Hayti Heritage Center

**Attending teachers will receive .6 CEUs**


Teaching about slavery requires often-difficult conversations about race and a deep understanding of American history. This is likely part of the reason that Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) 2017 “Teaching the Hard History of American Slavery” showed that schools are failing to teach a comprehensive and adequate history of African enslavement. But, as SPLC wisely noted, “learning about slavery is essential if we are ever to come to grips with the racial differences that continue to divide our nation. Now is the time to change the way we teach and learn about slavery.” One of the most effective ways to do this is through the integration of engaging primary sources, including music. Join Carolina K-12 and the Carolina Theatre for a FREE teacher seminar, dinner, and inspirational evening in which Virginia Repertory Company actors will perform a staged reading of Sweet Chariot at the Hayti Heritage Center.

Our afternoon will begin with Dr. Freddie Parker, author of “Stealing a Little Freedom: Slave Runaways in NC,” who will encourage us to see how primary sources, specifically slave ads, are key to introducing students to the individual lives, agency, resistance, and survival of enslaved people. Carolina K-12 will highlight accompanying classroom-ready resources for teaching about “hard history,” and we’ll enjoy some inspiration over dinner with a few spirituals and freedom songs from the incredible Mary D. Williams. Teachers will then be treated to a staged reading of Sweet Chariot, which shares the narratives of previously enslaved African Americans by combining dazzling acapella spirituals with oral histories as told and interpreted by the Federal Writers Project in the 1930’s. These spirituals, today’s primary sources of the past, helped generations to endure and preserver in the face of many atrocities, and gave hope in the struggle for civil rights and social justice. The evening will end with a conversation a panel discussion.


4 – 4:30            Welcome and Introductions
                        Christie Norris, Director, Carolina K-12

4:30 – 5:15       Stealing a Little Freedom: Runaway Slave Ads
                        Dr. Freddie Parker, author of “Stealing a Little Freedom”

5:15 – 6:00       Curriculum Connections
                        Christie Norris, Carolina K-12

6:00 – 6:50       Dinner & Musical Prelude
                      Mary D. Williams, Folklorist & Performer

6:50 – 7:00       Break

7:00 – 8:00       Staged Reading of Sweet Chariot

                       Virginia Repertory Company

8:00 – 8:45       Narratives, Spirituals & Resistance: A Panel Discussion
                        Dr. Ebony Pearl Jones, NC State University

                       Mary D. Williams


Teachers registering must be able to attend the entire workshop. (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 4 pm -8:45 pm before registering.

Out of respect and appreciation for teachers, Carolina K-12 is covering all costs for this workshop & dinner (valued at $75 p.p. when considering presenter fees and food costs). It is critical that registrants needing to cancel provide notice on or before Feb. 4. Failure to do so results in materials, food, and funding waste.

Please note signing up does not guarantee your registration; confirmation of your registration will be sent via e-mail within 10 business days.





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.