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.

Are you ready for Black History Month? The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium has hundreds of lesson plans and PowerPoint presentations relating to Black History. There are lessons for both middle and high school students. Check out their database of lessons on their website.

Educators will also find professional development workshops. This spring the CEC is offering:

Talking Race in the Shadow of Controversy, January 25, 2014
The UNC Program in the Humanities, in collaboration with the Chapel Hill Public Library, will host two afternoons of community dialogue in which participants reflect on Jim Crow history and explore its impact on today’s society. The conversation will continue on Saturday, February 22, 2014 for a book discussion of Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime That Changed America, at 2 PM at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
The Uhlman Family Seminar: Diaries & Dreams: Anne Frank & Jewish Private Life, April 11-12, 2014
This seminar 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.
“Hold These Truths”: Reflection on Japanese Internment During World War II, April 25-26, 2014
This two day event held at the Chapel Hill Public Library 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.

Check the CEC newsletter for more in-depth information about these upcoming opportunities, a summer institute at the Smithsonian Institution, Colonial Williamsburg electronic field trip, and much more.

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