April news from the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values, works with schools, governments, and community organizations to prepare North Carolina’s young people to be active, responsible citizens. Each month the Consortium delivers an email newsletter with news and opportunities for civic engagement.

The NC Civic Education Consortium is featuring a lesson plan about African Americans in World War II in this edition of their newsletter. “Hero Abroad, Second Class Citizen at Home: John Seagraves, African-Americans & World War II” teaches students about the accomplishments and difficulties faced by African Americans during the Second World War. Students will read excerpts from Uncommon Hero: The John Seagraves Story about an African American sailor who served aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina during the war. NC CEC will raffle off two copies of this book to current K-12 educators, administrators, and curriculum coordinators. Copies of the book can also be purchased.

In addition to lesson plans, NC CEC offers professional development opportunities for educators.

“Hold These Truths”: Reflection on Japanese internment during World War II
Only a few spaces remain for this two day event, April 25-26 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. For information, visit the Consortium website.
Hidden histories: What your NC history textbook left out
This professional development series for middle and high school educators is “designed to deepen educator knowledge of less-known state and national history.” Visit the Consortium website for more information on these three summer workshops to be held at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.
“Adventures in Ideas” seminars
A series of seminars is being offered this spring for a general audience. Seminars run Friday evening and Saturday morning or all day Saturday. Visit the Consortium website for more information and to register.

These are just a few of the wonderful professional development seminars and workshops that the Consortium offers. Check out their newsletter to learn about more opportunities.

Astronomy in April

Coming Wednesday, April 2, at 7 PM, to a Computer near You!

UNC-TV’s science stories that you see on such series as North Carolina Science Now and QUEST always capture the imagination, but here’s an event that’s out of this world. Next month, the skies of our state play host to a few special astronomical events—including a total lunar eclipse. As part of the annual North Carolina Science Festival, join us online for a special interactive opportunity to screen astronomy-based UNC-TV Science programs, interact with the producers and get more information about the upcoming lunar eclipse direct from the experts! Whether stargazing novice or long-time astronomy buff, dive into the cosmos Wednesday, April 2, starting at 7 PM. It all happens for free in OVEE, an online, real-time screening and chat forum designed specifically for public media, that you can access from anywhere with an internet connection! Visit unctv.org/content/ovee for more details and to link up to this lively online screening event!

Wikipedia edit-a-thon: African American history in North Carolina

On March 30, the North Carolina Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Wilson Library will host its second Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Participants will meet in Wilson Library and use collection materials to create, update, and improve articles about people, places, events, and organizations associated with African American history in North Carolina.

Everyone is welcome, even if you’ve never edited Wikipedia before. Staff will be on hand to help you find books and articles on topics that interest you, and to help you with Wikipedia edits.

Refreshments will be provided and tours of Wilson Library will be given throughout the event.

The event is open from 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Feel free to arrive and leave whenever it suits you.

Please bring a laptop if possible.

For more details and to RSVP visit their Facebook event or Wikipedia page.

North Carolina Science Festival: March 28-April 13, 2014

The North Carolina Science Festival is a multi-day celebration showcasing science and technology. The Festival highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in our state. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the Festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

This year’s Science Festival begins on March 28, 2014 and runs for two weeks. There are literally hundreds of events happening all over the state for people of all ages.

Some highlights include:

  • Fourteen Science Expos (from Western Carolina University to East Carolina University).
  • The second annual Statewide Star Party on April 4th and 5th. Dozens of stargazing pros all over the state are ready to show you the wonder of the night sky!
  • The first online event courtesy of UNC-TV.

To give you a more detailed look at the first weekend, here’s a small sampler:

In addition to those events, New York Times Science Writer Carl Zimmer is coming to UNC-Charlotte. There’s a family science fair at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. GO-Science is hosting an expo in Greenville — And that’s just a smattering of the first weekend!

Here are some stats for this year:

  • This year’s festival has a grand total of 750 events. 410 on the public calendar, 340 at schools.
  • Programs are happening in 96 of North Carolina’s 100 counties (223 cities/towns).

The Festival’s goal for attendance is 300,000 North Carolinians, so they hope you’ll attend events, bring your friends and family AND spread the word as we continue on our way to making North Carolina the state that does SCIENCE.

The Presidential Primary Sources Project: Leadership in a Time of Crisis – 2014 Videoconferencing Program

President Truman

The Presidential Primary Sources Project offers a series of free fifty-minute videoconferencing programs sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, National Park Service, and the Internet2 K20 Initiative.

Grade Level: The programs are designed for students in grades 6-12.

How do these programs benefit library patrons, teachers, and students? Students will interact live with presidential historians at Presidential Libraries and park rangers at our National Presidential Historic Sites to explore historical themes and events. This year’s central theme will be “Leadership in a Time of Crisis”. In addition to live interactive discussion, primary source documents will be used extensively during the presentations.

Program Registration: http://goo.gl/VD2QEm
The first 10 classrooms or public libraries that register and complete
videoconferencing testing for a particular program session will qualify as an
interactive site. All other classrooms can view the live web-stream.

Live Web-stream: http://video.magpi.net/
Each session will be broadcast live at the URL above.

Questions? Contact James Werle, Director, Internet2 K20 Initiative

Equipment Requirements: Your classroom or library will need access to a H.323
compliant desktop video conferencing software program or room system. The video
conferencing system should be able to operate at a minimum of 384kbps. Every
participating site will also need to test their connection with our project team in
advance of the program.

National Standards: With the focus on historical events and extensive use of supporting primary source documents, teachers will find the presentations coincide with a number of national standards related to historical thinking and reading history. Specifically:

National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) – National History Standards
•  Historical Thinking Standard 1: Chronological Thinking
•  Historical Thinking Standard 2: Historical Comprehension
•  Historical Thinking Standard 3: Historical Analysis and Interpretation
•  Historical Thinking Standard 4: Historical Research Capabilities
•  Historical Thinking Standard 5: Historical Issues-Analysis and Decision-Making

Common Core
•  Reading History (RH) – Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 9-10.1; RH 11-12.3
•  Reading History (RH) – Key Ideas and Details 6-8.1
•  Reading Informational Text (RI) – Craft and Structure 5.6

Presentation Schedule:

  • Harry S. Truman Library - March 25, 2014: 10:00-10:50am CST/12:00-12:50pm CST
  • Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University – April 8, 2014: 9:00-9:50am CST/11:00-11:50am CST
  • Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Herbert Hoover National Historic Site – April 15, 2014: 10:00-10:50am CST/12:00-12:50pm CST
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site – April 30, 2014: 9:00-9:50am CST/1:00-1:50pm CST

For presentation descriptions, see the program flyer.

NCpedia wants your feedback

NCpedia.org, a program of the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina needs feedback from you!

NCpedia has added over 4000 articles in the last two years. The State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library is interested in ensuring NCpedia is as effective as possible and that it contains the information about North Carolina you need.

Please tell then what you think about NCpedia by taking a short, anonymous survey. The survey will be available until 12:00 noon EST on Friday, April 11, 2014.

NCpedia is managed by the State Library of North Carolina’s Government & Heritage Library and is hosted by NC LIVE. Content is included from UNC Press’s Encyclopedia of North Carolina and Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, the NC Museum of History’s Tar Heel Junior Historian Magazine, NC Wildlife Resources Commission, NC Office of Archives and History, UNC Chapel Hill Libraries, and more. Visit NCpedia online at http://NCpedia.org for more information.

Free NC History Education Workshop

Registration is open for a free North Carolina History Education Workshop to be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9:30am to 12:30pm in the Pleasants Room of Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Featured speakers include LEARN NC’s Executive Director, Andy Mink, as keynote speaker; Dr. Fitzhugh Brundage, Chair of the UNC History Department; Brandie Fields, Executive Director of the Orange County History Museum; Nicholas Graham, Coordinator of the NC Digital Center at UNC Libraries; Bill Melega, Social Studies teacher at Chapel Hill High School; and Dr. Matthew Mitchell of the UNC History Department.

This will be a chance to network, discuss, and share ideas that work! Earn CEUs! For more information, call 919-357-4192. To register by email, contact nc.ncheregister@gmail.com.

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences 2014 Educators of Excellence Institutes

Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences on an educational adventure of a lifetime! Since 1987 the Museum’s Educator of Excellence Institutes have provided exceptional educators with staff development opportunities that transform the way they view and teach natural sciences. Educators from across North Carolina have been inspired by their experiences in outstanding natural areas such as Belize, Ecuador, and Yellowstone National Park.

Applications must by submitted by March 10, 2014!

Ecuador Culture and Ecology Institute
Dates: June 18-27, 2014
Location: Ecuador, South America and Raleigh, NC
Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous, including walking/hiking in both high heat/humidity and at extremely high altitudes
Cost: $1,300 (includes supplies, round-trip air travel between Raleigh and Quito, Ecuador, all ground transportation, instruction, lodging, and most meals). Participants are responsible for travel to and from Raleigh, expenses in Raleigh during pre- and post-trip sessions, and personal expenses, including some meals during the Institute.

  • Explore connections between economics and environment.
  • Learn about Ecuadorian ecosystems and the people who live and work in them.
  • See Heifer International’s success in helping communities to become more self-reliant.
  • Work with local teachers and students.
Tropical Ecology Institute
Dates: July 22-30, 2014
Location: Belize, Central America and Raleigh, NC
Activity Level: Moderate to rigorous, including walking/hiking in tropical (high heat/humidity) settings, canoeing and snorkeling
Cost: $1,300 (includes supplies, round-trip air travel between Raleigh and Belize, all ground transportation, instruction, lodging and meals). Participants are responsible for travel to and from Raleigh, expenses in Raleigh during pre- and post-trip sessions, and personal expenses, including some meals during the Institute.

  • Explore a tropical rainforest.
  • Visit Mayan ruins.
  • Canoe a tropical river.
  • Snorkel over a Caribbean reef.
  • Visit a Belizean classroom.

Teach students to think critically using “Paintings as Windows to the Past”

In an age of high stakes testing, driven by a pedagogy resting on a “facts-based” approach to learning, history teachers are sometimes hard-pressed to engage students and challenge them to use higher level thinking skills. Through an interdisciplinary approach to learning, however, teachers can not only address the content of the curriculum but also challenge students to develop interpretive skills and think critically. Through this methodology, students can begin to “do” history. The Paintings as Windows to the Past online professional development course will explore proven strategies to bring the fine arts into the history classroom. Paintings will become the primary sources through which students explore the past. While not abandoning aesthetics, students will move beyond an emotional reaction to works of art and set them in a broader socio-historic context. Instructors will explore ways to inject additional primary documents into the lesson so that students can build strong, evidence-based interpretations of works of art.

The seven-week course will run from April 9 – May 28, 2014. To learn more about the course, view the course syllabus, and to register, visit: http://tinyurl.com/m84ced3.

February news from the NC Civic Education Consortium

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Program in the Humanities and Human Values, works with schools, governments, and community organizations to prepare North Carolina’s young people to be active, responsible citizens. Each month the Consortium delivers an email newsletter with news and opportunities for civic engagement.

February is Black History Month and the NC Civic Education Consortium has hundreds of lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations for teaching middle and high school students about the history of African Americans. Highlighted in the NCCEC newsletter are lessons about North Carolina settlements of Freedmen, Durham’s Hayti community, the Wilmington riots, and much more.

The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium is also offering professional development opportunities for educators. Two unique offerings are:

The Uhlman Family Seminar: Diaries & Dreams: Anne Frank & Jewish Private Life
This two day seminar, offered on April 11-12, 2014 at UNC-Chapel Hill, will take a unique look at The Diary of Anne Frank and use it as a basis for a more comprehensive look at the lives of Jewish families and how they’ve been portrayed, as well as the disruption wrought on them by the Holocaust. Teachers will have the opportunity to participate in and receive sample lesson plans on the topics and themes covered throughout the two days, designed for easy implementation in the middle and high school classroom, as well as dialogue with one another regarding ideas, resources and best practices for teaching this complex history.

Participants will receive 1.5 renewal credits at the end of the seminar. Teachers will also travel to Raleigh for free admittance into Burning Coal Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank.

“Hold These Truths”: Reflection on Japanese Internment During World War II
Over one hundred thousand Japanese men, women, and children—the majority of whom were American citizens—were removed from their homes and relocated to camps under the watchful eye of the government. Teachers will have the opportunity to explore the many complicated issues that arose from this extralegal act by the U.S. government throughout this unique two day event that is offered April 25-26, 2014 at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The program will include a mixture of lectures for expanding content knowledge as well as pedagogical exploration addressing ways to convey this period of history to middle and high school students.

In addition, teachers will receive free admittance PlayMakers Repertory Company’s PRC2 production of Jeanne Sakata’s critically acclaimed play, Hold These Truths, inspired by the life of Gordon Hirabayashi.

Participants will receive 1.2 renewal credits for attending this seminar.

To register for these trainings, fill out the application form and submit it to Paul Bonnici by fax, 919-962-4318, or email, bonnici@unc.edu.