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  • Click here to inquire about CEUs for attending our virtual programs live.
  • Carolina K-12 offers virtual modules that teachers can complete on their own schedule for CEUs – click here to explore the modules currently available.
  • View recordings of all past virtual programs here.

If you have questions regarding the posted events, contact Paul Bonnici at 919.962.1544 or


The 2021 William Friday Teachers Retreat | Carolina Voices:  Exploring the Tar Heel State through History, Culture & Rejuvenation

  • Tuesday July 27 – Thursday July 29 | The Colonial Inn in Downtown Hillsborough 
  • An ALL-EXPENSES-PAID teachers’ retreat to equally educate AND appreciated our state’s hardworking K-12 teachers! CLICK HERE to see the tentative three-day agenda.
  • APPLY HERE! ****NOTE: Due to overwhelming response, we are now only accepting names for the WAIT LIST at this link.

To say it has been a challenging year for many of our state’s hardworking K-12 teachers is an understatement – and it’s time to celebrate each of you with a return to an IN-PERSON, ALL-EXPENSES-PAID engaging, and scholarly retreat in beautiful downtown Hillsborough, NC! Hosted by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina K-12, in partnership with and funded by the North Caroliniana Society, currently practicing K-12 teachers are cordially invited to apply for the 2021 William Friday Teachers Retreat, “Carolina Voices: Exploring the Tar Heel State through History, Culture & Rejuvenation.”

Part content knowledge, part pedagogy, and part well earned “stay-cation,” teachers will enjoy a snapshot of some of North Carolina’s most captivating events, people, culture, and literature, all while experiencing luxury accommodations at the newly restored and historic Colonial Inn. This annual and widely acclaimed three-day event is designed to educate and equally appreciate our state’s hard-working educators for the valued and critical work you do! During this two-night, three-day retreat, walk from your beautiful room overlooking the courtyard at the Inn right downstairs to the light-filled seminar room, where our agenda will integrate (with catered meals throughout):

  • A “potpourri” of NC history & literature, with presentations from engaging scholars, authors, performers, etc., as well as experiential activities that allow us to explore Hillsborough while making connections to your own local history and classrooms. Highlights include:
  • A workshop with acclaimed playwright and performer Mike Wiley, as we explore how to use performance to engage students
    • “From Slavery to Freedom,” a performance by the not-to-be-missed renown singer and scholar of African American music, Mary D. Williams
    • Hands-on exploration at how to teach about North Carolina’s rich indigenous people and cultures through a look at the local Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation
    • 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!

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

  • 2.0 CEUs
  • Beautiful, FREE accommodations (Tuesday and Wednesday night) at the newly renovated, historic Colonial Inn, located in the heart of downtown Chapel Hill and adjacent to Carolina’s campus.
  • On your application, please note whether you prefer a single-occupancy room, OR if you would like to sign up with a friend/colleague and share a double Queen room.
  • If you want to apply for a double occupancy room (with two Queens), your chances of being accepted may be slightly elevated, but each applicant will need to list their preferred roommate’s name on the application when applying. Please do NOT apply for a double occupancy unless you have confirmed with your preferred roommate first, as they will also need to note this same preference in their application.
  • Teachers who live locally can also apply to stay at the Inn. However, if you would prefer to commute each day, you can receive a $75 travel stipend post-attendance. (Before selecting this option, use mapping software to ensure you can comfortably arrive at the Colonial Inn by 8:30/9 am each morning – 153 W King Street, Hillsborough, 27278.)
  • Substitute reimbursement for year-round school’s unable to cover the cost
  • A celebratory Teacher Appreciation Dinner (on Tuesday evening) at the Hillsborough classic Antonia’s, where we will dine on delicious Italian food and toast each of you into the evening; breakfast & lunch will also be provided each day.
  • Numerous teacher appreciation “treats” along the way!
  • The important chance to meet, share ideas and recharge with other teachers from all around the state.


  • This event is open to any currently practicing K-12 teacher who teaches or integrates North Carolina history and literature into their course (i.e., Social Studies, English/Language Arts, arts/humanities, etc.)
  • For the safety of all our guests, we request that all applicants be vaccinated for COVID-19 by the date of the event. We will follow up-to-date CDC guidelines that are in place as of the event date. Depending on UNC, State, Local, or Federal guidelines for events, participants may be asked to provide proof of vaccination. (If you have questions or health concerns, please feel free to contact us at
  • Teachers must be able to attend ALL HOURS of EACH DAY of the event in order to register. (Conflicts that require leaving early, arriving late, or missing any session, activity or meal cannot be accommodated.) See the draft 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 within two weeks of the event start date. 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 and/or does not show up. 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.


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


Virtual CEUs

CEUs are provided for all programming, including virtual programs. Click here for more information on requesting CEUs for virtual programming.


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 Carolina Public Humanities’ Adventures in Ideas 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 an Adventures in Ideas seminar offered by Carolina Public Humanities (CPH). 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 CPH. Check out the listing of Adventures in Ideas seminars offered by CPH, here.

If you see an Adventures in Ideas seminar you would like to attend, take the following steps to apply for the 50% discount:

  • Register using our online shopping cart. Select the “this guest is a teacher/educator” option when completing your registration form.
  • Call us at 919.962.1544 to register over the phone

Please note:

  • Teachers are eligible for one $75 travel stipend per semester. The 50% discount can be applied to multiple Adventures in Ideas seminars. These discounts and travel stipends to not apply to any other CPH events.
  • Funding restrictions do not allow us to award scholarships to substitute or retired teachers. CPH’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.
  • Scholarships are not needed for any event hosted by Carolina K-12, which are free of charge to teachers. Scholarships are only needed for CPH’s Adventures in Ideas seminars.

Teachers who attend CPH’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