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.

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