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Exploring Local Voices of Slavery and Freedom
Saturday, June 16, 2018 | Hillsborough, NC

Space is limited to 30 teachers – register HERE today!

“Slavery is hard history. It is hard to comprehend the inhumanity that defined it. It is hard to discuss the violence that sustained it. It is hard to teach the ideology of white supremacy that justified it. And it is hard to learn about those who abided it…But the saga of slavery is not exclusively a story of despair; hard history is not hopeless history. Finding the promise and possibility within this history requires us to consider the lives of the enslaved on their own terms. Trapped in an unimaginable hell, enslaved people forged unbreakable bonds with one another. Indeed, no one knew better the meaning and importance of family and community than the enslaved. They fought back too, in the field and in the house, pushing back against enslavers in ways that ranged from feigned ignorance to flight and armed rebellion. There is no greater hope to be found in American history than in African Americans’ resistance to slavery.” Hasan Kwame Jeffries, Preface to Teaching Hard History

According to Teaching Tolerance’s 2018 “Teaching Hard History” report, we are not adequately teaching or learning about the history of American slavery. And while the report acknowledges what educators all know – that this is difficult work – it also reminds us that we can find empowering “promise and possibility within this history” by considering the individual lives and voices of the enslaved, who despite great adversity, resisted in a myriad of ways. K-12 teachers are invited to join Carolina K-12 for a day in historic Hillsborough as we explore local voices of slavery and freedom on Saturday, June 16, 2018 – only two days away from the anniversary of the historic “Juneteenth.”

This special program will focus on local, North Carolina people, places and primary sources, helping teachers remind students that history happens here. Participants will learn about incredible individuals such as Elizabeth Keckly, who though enslaved for 30 years (6 of them in Hillsborough), went on to purchase her and her son’s freedom and became a celebrity dress designer for political elites such as Mary Todd Lincoln. We will explore the impact of freedom and how it was actually experienced by the people who had been enslaved throughout North Carolina until 1865. And addressing Teaching Hard History’s call for educators to “expand their repertoire of historical documents beyond the usual narratives to represent the diverse voices and experiences of enslaved persons,” we will explore and provide primary sources throughout the day that can be used in the classroom to provide students with a powerful sense of history and the complexity of the past, guiding them toward better critical thinking and analytical skills. Check out the exciting agenda here.

This dynamic day will mix discussions with scholars, pedagogical exploration on using primary sources in the classroom, tours of historic sites in Hillsborough, and in conclusion, an awe inspiring public performance* by the incredible Mary D. Williams, in which she will highlight the way in which spirituals emerged from a mix of the brutal institution of slavery, African culture and Christian influences through her powerful voice, and yours!

This event is open to any pre-service or currently practicing K-12 public, private or charter school teacher who teaches about issues of slavery in their course. Teachers must be able to participate in the entire day to register. Participating teachers will receive breakfast, lunch, and 1.0 CEUs (includes pre-readings.) Please note that funding is not available for hotel accommodations for out of town participants, but those in need of lodging recommendations can contact Carolina K-12 for nearby hotels. Space is limited to 30 teachers.

SPECIAL JUNE 9 ADD-ON FOR INTERESTED TEACHERS: Related to this teacher event, Carolina Public Humanities will be hosting a day-long seminar on Saturday, June 9 with related and more detailed academic content: “Politics, Women, and Race in Antebellum North Carolina” (9:15am-5:30pm at UNC-Chapel Hill.) While this program is designed for the general public and will be lecture-based (and does not include K-12 pedagogy), teachers who would like to participate as a pre-cursor to our June 16th teacher program in Hillsborough may do so for FREE (a $140 value)! Please note on the registration form for Carolina K-12 whether you would also like to patriciate on Sat., June 9. Teachers who also participate in Politics, Women, and Race in Antebellum North Carolina will receive lunch that day and an additional 1.0 CEUs (includes pre-readings.)

Registration Process: If your application is accepted, Paul Bonnici will contact you to request a credit card number to hold your space. YOUR CARD WILL NOT BE CHARGED to participate in this free event (either June 9 and/or June 16) as long as you participate or provide notice of cancellation by June 8, 2018. Failure to attend or cancel your participation, which results in food waste and prevents other teachers from attending, will result in a $50 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.

Space is limited to 30 teachers – register HERE today!
(Please note that funding is not available for hotel accommodations for this event.)

*Feel free to invite your family, friends and colleagues to join us for the public performance by Mary D. Williams, “From Slavery to Freedom,” to be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM on Saturday, June 16, 2018. St. Matthew’s is located at 210 St Mary’s Rd, Hillsborough, 27278; parking is available in the church’s lot. Mrs. Williams’s CD, “Blood Done Sign My Name,” will be available for purchase for $10.

Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows

Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28 | UNC-Chapel Hill 

“You don’t have to be famous for your life to be history.”

Oral history interviews provide tangible access to the past, with narrators offering first-hand descriptions in their own voices of historical events, ideas, and mindsets. Bringing K-12 students into close contact with these unique auditory sources can give them a very real sense of what it was like in years past, leading to personal connections, the development of critical thinking skills, and an interest in history that is sometimes missing in middle and high school youth. With this in mind, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Southern Oral History Program (SOHP), in collaboration with Carolina K-12, is excited to announce and solicit applications for its second summer of the Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows in Civil Rights. This unique program will provide fifteen middle and high school teachers from around the state with an intensive exploration of how to utilize oral histories that relate to the long Civil Rights Movement in the K-12 classroom in effective, meaningful, and creative ways. 

While this program is designed with the middle and high school social studies teacher in mind, teachers in other disciplines (such as English/Language Arts teachers) with a demonstrated interest in integrating civil rights instruction and oral histories into their course are also eligible.

The Oral History Teaching Fellows program will be held on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill Monday, June 25 – Thursday, June 28. The dynamic agenda throughout these four days will integrate:

  • content presentations and seminar discussions on the Civil Rights Movement with university scholars
  • exploration of various concepts, strategies and resources for effectively utilizing oral histories in the middle and high school classroom
  • an introduction to the SOHP collection, which includes hundreds of interviews with Civil Rights activists—famous and unknown—from across the South
  • training on how to utilize and edit oral history excerpts from the SOHP collection that fit particular classroom objectives
  • an overview of ready-to-implement classroom resources, such as Carolina K-12’s lesson plans and Mapping Voices of North Carolina’s Past, a digital map of the state embedded with oral history clips about desegregating schools across North Carolina.
  • discussion regarding how diverse voices from the past can reshape the way we understand and teach about civil rights today
  • time to independently research the SOHP collection with the goal of creating short clips from various civil rights interviews which will be particularly useful to classroom teachers; Fellows will then write one creative activity for utilizing their selected oral history clips in the 6-12 classroom.

Educators who are chosen as a Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellow will receive:

  • 4.0 CEUs
  • Meals and snacks
  • A unique mix of engagement with scholars, interactive pedagogical exploration, and collaboration with colleagues that will provide inspiration and rejuvenation for teaching itself
  • A $250 stipend (upon the completion of one teaching activity) for participants who do not need lodging and a $250 or $150 stipend for teachers requiring lodging (see details following)
  • Hotel accommodations at the historic, award-winning Carolina Inn for teachers residing over 90 round-trip miles from Chapel Hill. Teachers who meet mileage requirements can choose between:
    • a $250 stipend and DOUBLE occupancy accommodations (teachers will be roomed with other teachers selected as Fellows) OR
    • a $100 stipend and SINGE occupancy accommodations

Please note that applicants must be able to attend all hours of the June 25-28, 2018 event in order to be selected as a Fellow.

Teaching history is too often an exercise in rote memorization.  This dynamic fellowship will provide a chance for teachers to learn and collaborate on creating and implementing creative strategies to engage students in critical thinking while tying past civil rights events to contemporary issues. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for middle and high school teachers – apply today! (The deadline for applications is Friday, May 11, 2018. Applicants will be selected by a committee comprised of UNC-Chapel Hill faculty and staff, and will be notified on or before Friday, June 1 of their acceptance. If you have questions regarding the program or application process, contact Christie Norris at

The Carolina Oral History Teaching Fellows program is a collaboration between the Southern Oral History Program and Carolina K-12. Funding for this program is provided by the Southern Oral History Program and the North Caroliniana Society. 

Save the Date

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.