The Library of Congress is now accepting applications for its week-long summer programs for K-12 educators. Held at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the professional development provides educators with tools and resources to effectively integrate primary sources into K-12 classroom teaching, with an emphasis on student engagement, critical thinking, and construction of knowledge.
Tuition and materials are provided at no cost. Selected participants are responsible for transportation to and from Washington, D.C., and any required overnight accommodations.
The Library is offering five programs this summer: three of the programs are open to teachers and librarians across the content areas, another focuses on civil rights, and one concentrates on primary sources in science education. (Previous Teacher Institute participants are eligible to apply for the science program.)
- Institutes open to K-12 teachers and school librarians across the content areas:
- Institute Session 1: June 9-13, 2014
Institute Session 2: July 7-11, 2014
Institute Session 3: July 21-25, 2014
- Civil Rights Institute: July 28-Aug 1, 2014
- The Civil Rights Institute is open to K-12 teachers and school librarians with teaching responsibilities related to the Institute focus.
- Science Seminar: July 14-18, 2014
- Science Seminar is recommended for K-12 educators who teach science or collaborate with science teachers.
Applications are due March 24, 2014 and require a letter of recommendation. Read more and apply now at:
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.
Beyond the Trail of Tears: A View from the Cherokee Homeland, is a Summer Institute for K-12 school teachers and eligible graduate students.
The Institute is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and hosted by the North Carolina Center for the Advancement in Teaching (NCCAT). This three-week Institute will be located in Cullowhee, North Carolina and surrounding locations from Sunday, June 29 to Saturday, July 19, 2014.
In this Institute, participants will examine the removal, its causes, and its consequences, through the history of the Cherokee experience. The story of the Cherokee removal cannot substitute as the story for all tribes, but it can exemplify this American saga and provide a window into underlying cultural and economic tensions that form a recurring theme in conflicts between people and across time.
Interested K-12 educators and eligible graduate students are encouraged to apply. Further information regarding eligibility is available at http://www.nccat.org/neh. Those accepted into the program will receive a $2700.00 stipend to offset Institute costs.
The application deadline is March 4, 2014. For more information, please contact Elaine Franklin
Every community has a memory of itself. A living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories.
LEARN NC and the Center for Digital Storytelling are co-hosting an iPad digital storytelling workshop from March 27-29, 2014 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. This immersive workshop will focus on the strategies and technologies of creating a digital narrative with a special emphasis on classroom application.
This hands-on workshop supports participants as they create powerful first-person narratives by harnessing the audio and visual digital capabilities of the iPad. The workshop is an exciting introduction into the experience of writing for multimedia and developing visual narratives that enhance the communication value of the story. The workshop process includes an introduction to the “Seven Steps of Digital Storytelling,” participation in a story circle, script writing and recording, and using the photo and video editing features of the iPad to integrate images and audio. Digital stories are completed during the workshop. As they finish their digital stories, participants move into the second component of the workshop, in which we explore implementation issues. Strategies for managing the creation of digital stories in K-12 classrooms are presented and discussed.
Each participant receives a digital packet of classroom resources for digital storytelling projects, including a software guide and a sample assessment rubric. iPads will also be available for use. Continuing Education Credits are available through LEARN NC.
Deadline for registration is March 14, 2014. You can also find more information here:
Hone your teaching skills by taking a professional development course from LEARN NC. We are offering a full slate of Carolina Online Teacher (COLT) courses as well as courses in cultural awareness, ESL, literacy across the curriculum, and more! Check out our new America on the World Stage series of courses that have been built around the America on the World Stage Digital Library. This series uses a global approach to U.S. history.
Educators completing COLT courses will receive 2.0 – 3.0 Technology CEUs for renewal credit, while the America on the World Stage series offers subject-area CEUs for Social Studies.
Check back often to see new additions to the course schedule. We will be adding new courses developed by LEARN NC partners.
America on the World Stage: A Global Approach to U.S. History is a publication of essays that cover a specific chronological period and approaches 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.
For each historical period, the authors of the essays provide practical guidance on bringing this international approach to the classroom, with suggested lesson plans and activities. Using a professional development model highlighted by a series of interactive lectures, hands-on workshops, research and curriculum design, and summer travel courses, teachers worked with authors from the book and in partnership to include work with the Library of Congress and the National Archives in London. The result is a digital library of over 100 teaching kits that are research-informed and teacher-created that cover all
chapters of America on the World Stage.
This fall LEARN NC has completed the alignment of this textbook and hands-on teaching kits by hosting a series of online courses that explores each topic. These highly interactive courses are 3-5 weeks in length and participants will earn CEU credit. Take one of these courses—or several from the bundle—and learn how to globalize your American history curriculum through inquiry and investigation.
To register and to see course descriptions visit:
The North Carolina Civic Education Consortium and the Center for the Study of the American South have created curriculum materials that tell the story of Walter Horace Carter, Pulitzer Prize winning newspaperman from Tabor City, North Carolina, who stood up to the Ku Klux Klan during a tumultuous two year uprising from 1950-1951. A PDF titled The Editor and the Dragon provides photographs, a political cartoon, and a newspaper article, to be used with the lesson.
These free curriculum materials were created around the documentary film “The Editor and The Dragon: How Horace Carter Fought the KKK in North Carolina.” More information about Horace Carter can be found at The Editor and the Dragon. Educators will find biographical information about Horace Carter, his editorials, a timeline of events, information about the KKK in North and South Carolina, and more. To request a complimentary copy of the documentary, write to firstname.lastname@example.org .
As World View’s two-day K-12 Global Education Symposium 2013: Population and Global Migration approaches, the World View staff is excitedly preparing for up to 400 North Carolina educators to learn about how to incorporate global education into their classrooms. Julie Marantette Kinnaird, Assistant Director for Outreach and Katharine Robinson, Assistant Director for Curriculum, hope that teachers will walk away with an increased comfort to introduce global issues within their own capacity. As their content-based global knowledge expands, they will learn best practices for implementing this global knowledge for all content area and grade levels. Participants will forge new connections through sessions, exhibits, the university, and one another, as well as the World View website and staff.
While you are at the Symposium, please visit LEARN NC’s concurrent session “Explore the World in Your Classroom with LEARN NC” on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 2:45pm. Attendees will learn strategies not only for teaching students about world cultures, but also for including students from global cultures in their own classrooms.
There is still time to register for the symposium. Even if you can’t make it, please reach out to World View for more information on how to bring global awareness into your classroom.
Come to these great concurrent sessions designed especially for North Carolina School Library Media Coordinators at the NCSLMA Annual Conference October 4-5, 2013.
- Banned Books Prevention: Defending Your Collection — Friday, October 4, 2013 at 2:30 – 3:20 pm in North Main F
- When facing an angry parent or community member, it can be difficult to explain why a particular work belongs in your collection. A good reconsideration policy provides procedural guidance but might not help you justify inclusion. In this discussion, explore tools for defending materials in your collection, including legal protections.
Kimberly Hirsh, Managing Editor, LEARN NC
William Cross, Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship, North Carolina State University
- Boost Your Professional Growth with LEARN NC — Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 – 10:50 am in Conference Room 5,6,7
- The new standards and evaluation process gives school librarians the opportunity to take control of their own professional growth. In this demonstration/discussion session, learn how LEARN NC resources address specific elements of the new evaluation rubric and share your needs so LEARN NC can better
Lesley Richardson, Media and Web Librarian, LEARN NC
Kimberly Hirsh, Managing Editor, LEARN NC
- Using Copyrighted Works: What You Can Do — Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 12:00 – 12:50 pm in Ardmore II
- Too often discussion of copyright focuses on the limitations that teachers and librarians face, leaving them frustrated and uncertain about what they can share with their students and colleagues. In this discussion, explore examples of copyright exceptions allowing teachers and librarians to use copyrighted works without seeking permission.
Kimberly Hirsh, Managing Editor LEARN NC
William Cross, Director, Copyright and Digital Scholarship, North Carolina State University
In this one-day workshop to be held on Saturday, October 19, 2013, participants will learn some simple tools designed to help them reconnect to themselves and reclaim their heart and passion for teaching. Explore practices such as meditation and mindfulness, breath awareness, and movement and learn how to create a process of safe, shared exploration where you can nurture personal and professional integrity and the courage to act on it. You will be able to integrate these practices in your classroom immediately.
Come join Sharon Nash, educator and facilitator, for a day of nourishing inner stillness, outward fun, heart-opening laughter and an experience that is good for your innermost being!
The retreat will be at the Timberlake Earth Sanctuary in Whitsett, North Carolina (between Greensboro & Burlington) on Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 9:30am – 5:30pm. The cost for the retreat is $65.00 and space is limited to the first twenty registrants.
To register, email Sharon Nash or call (919) 410-6274.