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.

Host a North Carolina Science Festival event at your school!

The North Carolina Science Festival is gearing up for its 2014-2015 programs and is offering educators an opportunity to host science events at their schools. North Carolina K-12 teachers can apply for the following programs beginning on Monday, August 11, 2014:

Selected classes will receive free curriculum materials and more! Participation is limited. Applications are due by August 29, 2014. For more information, please visit the North Carolina Science Festival website.

National PE Institute and NC Health & Wellness Fellows

The primary purpose of the National Physical Education Institute (July 28-30, 2014 in Asheville, NC) is to provide participants with tools, strategies, and information on how to develop a K-12 curriculum aligned with student assessment. By attending this conference you will:

  • Gain valuable insight as to how to align the written, taught, and tested curriculum;
  • Learn from others who have implemented data-driven assessment practices; and
  • See how others have been linking curriculum with sound K-12 assessment practices!

For the past two years, hundreds of K-12 Physical Education teachers from over 40 states
and 6 countries have gathered to make the National PE Institute a resounding success. See the National PE Institute website for more information about keynote speakers and to register. All of the National PE Institute Keynotes will be live-streamed as a free professional outreach activity for K-12 physical education teachers.

This year, the North Carolina Center for Health and Wellness will be offering 15 Fellowships to K-12 North Carolina physical education teachers worth up to $750 to cover the expenses associated with registration ($250), travel and lodging.

Individuals selected as Fellows will be expected to:

  • Learn Twitter and Social Media Basics and assist PE Institute participants at the “Twitter & Social Media Help Desk,”
  • Provide on-going mentoring assistance throughout the school year with follow-up PE Institute Twitter Chats, webinars, and other social media events;
  • Respond to designated NCCHW surveys to measure the impact of the PE Institute on teaching/students;
  • Write personal “True PE Stories” to chronicle the impact of social media and lessons learned at the National PE Institute on a periodic basis (ex: several times a year); and
  • Serve as National PE Institute “Ambassadors” as needed.

Applications are due by 5:00PM, Friday, June 20, 2014. See the 2014 PEI Fellows Program Application for selection criteria and submission process information.

Freedom Roads workshop

Workshops for Teachers, Museum Professionals, and Pre-Professional Students
Guilford College, Greensboro, Friday, June 13, 2014
Halifax State Historic Site, Halifax, Monday, August 4, 2014

This summer, the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is offering two all-day workshops for K–12 teachers (CEUs are available), museum professionals, and pre-professionals.* Each session will examine the history, culture, and legacy of the Underground Railroad and the quest for freedom in North Carolina.

The Freedom Roads workshops will

  • enhance content knowledge about the efforts of enslaved people in North Carolina in seeking freedom
  • dispel myths and historical inaccuracies about the Underground Railroad and other avenues for seeking freedom
  • provide a professional, working atmosphere for enhancing the ability to create useful classroom resources

The Ultimate Goal:  To provide a venue where classroom teachers, museum professionals, and pre-professionals can network, learn, and work collaboratively to create new and innovative ways for informing students and museum/ site visitors about the history, culture, and legacy of the Underground Railroad and the efforts of enslaved people in North Carolina who sought out freedom

Pre-Workshop Activity:  Each teacher and museum professional will be expected to have completed short online activities via LEARN NC prior to attending the workshop. (Log-in and password information will be sent after registration; Continuing Education Units are offered.)

$30     Full Daily Registration (includes refreshments, lunch, and parking)
$10     Community Registration (includes keynote speech and lunch)
Register online  or  download this Freedom Roads registration form (PDF)


Questions:  For more information about the Freedom Roads project, contact Schree Chavdarov at the North Carolina Arts Council, 919-807-6516 or schree.chavdarov@ncdcr.gov.

The 2014 Local Government Seminar

Every day, local government touches the lives of North Carolinians and provides the services essential for functional communities, growing businesses, and healthy families. It is local government that supplies water to our faucets, collects our trash, moves traffic through our downtowns, and cuts the grass in our parks and ball fields. It is also local government that delivers care and counseling to those facing difficult times and responds with qualified personnel to life’s emergencies.

Generously Supported by the North Carolina City and County Management Association, the 2014 Local Government Seminar will be held July 28 and 29, 2014 in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Participants in this seminar will learn first-hand the role of local government in North Carolina and then explore pedagogical strategies for teaching young people about how local government in North Carolina works. Highlights of the seminar will include: meeting with elected and appointed local government officials and staff, “behind-the-scenes” field trips to various city and county facilities, and much more!

Participants will receive:

  • Lesson plans aligned to the NC Essential Standards
  • 1.5 renewal credits
  • A FREE, single occupancy hotel room for the evening of July 28 (for participants residing more than 50 miles from the training location)
  • Meals — lunch and dinner on 7/28; continental breakfast and lunch on 7/29; snacks throughout.
  • One-on-one access to various elected and unelected officials and city and county staff.
  • “Special Access” field trips to various sites around the city and county.

Please download this PDF for registration information.

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.

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.