Teaching WWI, America on the World Stage, and more

Bringing the Great War Home

Bringing the Great War Home: Teaching with the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery

LEARN NC is proud to announce the release of a series of four interactive digital books in partnership with the American Battle Monuments Commission and Virginia Tech. Available for download via iBook or directly available on the ABMC website, this guide includes lesson plans and ideas developed by teachers to help students better understand the service, experience and sacrifice of Americans that served and died during the Great War. These lesson plans and lesson ideas cover a range of topics that can be applied in various subject areas, such as history, art, math, and English. Ten teachers form North Carolina and Virginia share the hands-on curriculum they created based on a year of professional development culminating with a visit to the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, France. Visit the LEARN NC website to learn more about the project, including how Cary, NC middle school teacher Katie Gulledge used narrative inquiry to explore her own great-grandfather’s experience as a soldier in World War I.

America on the World Stage

LEARN NC recently released an iBook adaptation of the America on the World Stage Digital Library. The teaching kits in the library reframe the teaching of American history in a global context. The collection includes essays approaching fundamental topics and events in United States history from an international perspective, emphasizing how the development of the United States has always depended on its transactions with other nations for commodities, cultural values, and populations. Teaching kits include lesson plans, presentations, and handouts for use with students.

National Health Equity Research Webcast

From Our Partners: Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention

On June 2, 2015 from 1:30-4:30, the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Gillings School of Global Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host the 21st National Health Equity Research Webcast. This full audience webcast, hosted on UNC’s campus, in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Auditorium of the School of Social Work, is an annual interactive, live-streamed symposium that explores the intersection of health, policy, and diversity through expert panel discussions with a question-and-answer segment. This webcast is an interdisciplinary and community effort with representatives multiple departments and institutions to build knowledge on health disparities and its impact on our local and global communities.

The topic for this year is “Advancing a Community-Based Model for Violence Prevention and will feature three twenty minute presentations by panelist engaged in groundbreaking work around community-led action: Pamela Jumper Thurman, affiliate research professor, Ethnic Studies Department and National Center for Community Readiness at Colorado State University; Frank Perez, national program director for Cure Violence, Leon T Andrews Jr., director for Race, Equity And Leadership (REAL) at the National League of Cities; and moderated by Nia Wilson, executive director of SpiritHouse in Durham. The presentations will be followed by an hour and a half question-and-answer session with the studio and remote audiences.

The panelists will address violence in communities as a public health issue, detail health implications of trauma, provide examples of evidence –based practices through their organizations that are empowering communities, schools and local organizations to prevent violence, discuss strategies to mobilize stakeholders by affirming strengths and encouraging culturally competent problem-solving, and, also provide multiple perspectives on working with marginalized populations to create safe and inclusive communities.

Both events are free, but registration is required to participate as studio audience or view the live webcast. You can also follow the latest updates and learn more through the facebook page (facebook.com/NHERW), Twitter feed (twitter.com/NHERWCarolina) or the website (go.unc.edu/nherw). The webcast will be archived through the website for those unable to attend or stream the event live.