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The William Friday Teachers Institute

Carolina Voices: Exploring the History of the Tar Heel State

Held in honor of H.G. Jones

Sunday, November 10 – Tuesday, November 12, 2019

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library | Room 504        

Generously sponsored by the North Caroliniana Society

This workshop is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please complete the application here.


UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina K-12, in partnership with the North Caroliniana Society and Wilson Library’s North Carolina Collection,  invite K-12 teachers from around the state to join us for an engaging (and FREE!) three-day day academic retreat in beautiful Chapel Hill, NC. Teachers will enjoy a snapshot of some of North Carolina’s most captivating events and people, all the while celebrating each participating teacher and the important work you do!

Check out the agenda here, which will integrate:

  • A “potpourri” of NC history, with presentations from engaging scholars, authors & performers! Highlights include:
    • A performance of “The Color of Courage,” a two-man show portraying the untold stories of the African American soldiers who fought for freedom during the Civil War.
    • A performance by the not-to-be-missed Mary D. Williams
  • Pedagogical exploration of coordinating lesson plans and resources.
  • Constant affirmation and appreciation for your work as a PROFESSIONAL who is making NC a better place each day you enter the classroom!
  • Agenda subject to change

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

  • 2.0 CEUs
  • Beautiful, FREE accommodations (Sunday & Monday night) at the award-winning boutique-hotel, The Franklin, located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill and adjacent to Carolina’s campus.
  • Accommodations are available for teachers traveling more than 80 miles round trip; please utilize mapping software to calculate the distance from your home to 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, 27516 to ensure you qualify for a room. (If you are very close in mileage and would like to check whether you can qualify, contact Paul Bonnici at
  • Teachers who do not qualify for a hotel room but are traveling locally between 45-79 miles round trip will receive a $50 travel stipend post-attendance.
  • Substitute reimbursement for school’s unable to cover the cost
  • Dinner on Sunday; breakfast & lunch on Monday & Tuesday
  • A few teacher appreciation “treats” along the way!
  • The important chance to meet, share ideas and recharge with other teachers around the state.

Registration requirements:

  • This event is open to any currently practicing 4-12 public or charter school teacher who teaches or integrates North Carolina history into their course (i.e., Social Studies, English/Language Arts, etc.)
  • Teachers must be able to attend ALL HOURS of EACH DAY of the event in order to register. (This includes conflicts that require leaving early, arriving late, or missing any session, activity or meal.) See the agenda here for specific start and end times.
  • Past participants of Friday Retreats at UNC’s Wilson Library, in Edenton, NC, & in Asheville, NC are ineligible due to repeated content.
  • If your application is accepted, you will be contacted to provide a credit card number via phone or fax 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 Thurs., Oct. 31. 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. Please also DO NOT send credit card information via e-mail. If you have any questions, contact Paul Bonnici at or 919.962.1544.

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 deep dive into the history of the Tar Heel State! (SPACE IS LIMITED! REGISTER TODAY!)

This workshop is currently full. To be added to the waitlist, please complete the application here.

Funding for this event is generously provided by 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.