August 2020: Social Studies Update

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August 2020

K-12 Social Studies



This update contains the latest announcements and current news impacting K-12 Social Studies in North Carolina public schools.  As always, we encourage those of you who receive the updates to please share this issue with others who are not currently subscribed to our listserv. To receive Social Studies Updates please sign up using the following link: Social Studies Listerv Update  or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


If you would like to share any upcoming events, professional learning opportunities, instructional resources, or award/grant opportunities with the NCDPI Social Studies Listserv, please send a brief explanation or description, image, and any pertinent additional information by the 4th of each month to


Update includes:


  • The Case Method Institute
  • Webinar on Teaching Hard History

  • The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC & Duke
  • Global Education Digital Badge


  • NC Holocaust Council Website

  • First Vote NC Resources

  • 8th Grade Social Studies Digital Resource

  • Carolina Navigators News and Updates

  • Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium
  • New Open Education Resource: Humanities in Class Digital Library
  • K-12 Social Studies Sites


  • Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award

  • Additional Grant Opportunities

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The Case Method Institute

The Case Method Institute


The Case Method Institute partners with high school teachers to bring the case method -- a transformative, evidence-based approach to learning popularized at Harvard Business School -- to U.S. history, government, and civics classrooms nationwide.  The Case Method Institute is thrilled to offer teachers in North Carolina an opportunity to participate in our upcoming virtual training.   


The case method and the curriculum offered on the “History of American Democracy,” originally created for Harvard college and graduate students, have a track record of remarkable success in high schools around the country and have translated extremely well to the online learning environment.  The entire program—from the cases and teaching materials to the workshop and ongoing teaching support—is available free of charge to participating teachers.   


To learn more about how the Case Method Institute can help you deliver a uniquely engaging and effective classroom experience, whether online or at school, click here.  To reserve a spot at the Institute’s upcoming virtual information session and Q&A on August 17 at 7:00 pm EST, including an opportunity to join the program, click here.   

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Webinar on Teaching Hard History


On Aug 13, join the North Carolina Museum of History and Carolina K-12 for a free Professional Development virtual webinar series, Teaching Hard History. With NC middle and high school educators in mind, this series will explore content and tools for the classroom to teach about our complicated past & its impact on today.


In this first session of Carolina K-12’s and the NCMOH’s virtual “TEACHING HARD HISTORY” series, Dr. Sonny Kelly will discuss the parallels between the events of 1770 and the events of 2020.  This session will also include a particular discussion of strategies for teaching difficult topics, from our nation’s “hard history” to difficult current events, in the public school classroom.


While teachers of any grade or subject may register, the content and pedagogies are likely most relevant for middle and high school teachers. Teachers can receive .2 CEUs for participating or can combine several online events for a larger certificate.


For more information visit: This program is provided by Carolina K-12 and the NC Museum of History.


Register here:

Latin American Fellowship too

The Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at UNC & Duke


To learn more about this professional learning opportunity, view the linked flyer, visit, or email Corin Zaragoza Estrera at The application deadline is August 31.

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Global Ed Badge

Apply for an NCDPI Global Educator Digital Badge


How prepared are you to foster global awareness in your students or support that in your classrooms or schools? The Global Educator Digital Badge (GEDB) provides an opportunity for educators to focus their professional development on developing their own global context and understanding of how to integrate global education throughout curricula. It also provides the opportunity to build global competency in students.


For more information on the Badge (SBE Policy, FAQs, Process Flyer, Implementation Guide, MOA), please visit the GEDB website or contact


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First Vote NC Resources


First Vote NC is a FREE, online election simulation platform that helps educators like you teach about our election cycle and civic engagement in the classroom, virtually and in-person! If you are a high school teacher, register now to access standard aligned lesson plans. Ballots will be available in October, but we know the value of easy, ready-made lesson plans (see examples of them here). Reach out to Caroline Parker at with any questions and spread the word (we're on Twitter too!) to any high school educators who are looking for a free, online, election simulation for their classrooms! Click the button below, and it will take you to the registration page. 

Teacher Registration

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NCDPI and NC State 8th Grade Social Studies Digital Resource

To learn more about the Eighth Grade Digital Resource, visit

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Carolina Navigators News and Updates



Carolina Navigators have a TON of online global education resources that you can use in the place of culture kits! Below is a list of additional resources!

Carolina Navigators is excited about the new kits that they are working on this summer! Visit the following links to check out their progress so far:

Carolina Navigators would greatly appreciate if you could please take a moment to fill out this short Carolina Navigators and Duke-UNC Area Studies Centers Global Resource Survey as they prepare for the upcoming school year. As a result of changes in K-12 education due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Carolina Navigators and Duke-UNC Area Studies Centers would like to assess what educators want and need in order to globalize their teaching this year, and how we can support that effort. They understand that there is still a lot up in the air for the fall, and that you may not know what your teaching situation will be like yet, but they would still greatly appreciate your feedback.

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Save-the-date for the Sixth Annual Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium


Virtual Symposium: December 9, 2020 *Due to COVID-19, this year's symposium will be held virtually. More details coming in the fall!


The Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium is an opportunity for high school students to conduct and present research on global topics in their world language of study. Through LTL, students write a global research paper, give an oral presentation, and design a visual to demonstrate key research findings…all in the language they study! This program is designed to promote student learning in the areas of research methodology, digital literacy, and critical thinking and encourage the learning of new academic vocabulary. Eligible students include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian or Spanish students, including heritage speakers. Participating students are encouraged to be at Level III or higher.


Save-the-date: The symposium will take place virtually Wednesday, December 9. For more information, please visit, read answers to frequently asked questions, or watch this video about the program.  Please note that adjustments are being made to run this program virtually in 2020. Teams are selected to participate via application process; the application will be available in August.


New Open Education Resource: Humanities in Class Digital Library


The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies has partnered with the National Humanities Center (based in the Triangle, NC) to add their resources to a new Open Education Resource (OER) platform! The HICDL provides access to tons of great online educational content from a wide variety of world-renowned content providers. Resources are tagged by subject matter, topics, and material type, making it easy to discover and combine the content you need.


You can also communicate with other scholars and educators across the globe on important issues. Register today to start enjoying the benefits of the Humanities in Class Digital Library. Check out this short video tour of the site.

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K-12 Social Studies
Google Sites


Google Sites now serves as a central hub for Social Studies educators, administrators, institutions of higher education, and other interested parties. This hub houses the repositories, communications, and recommended resources related to the implementation of the North Carolina Social Studies Standard Course of Study (SCoS). Social Studies educators are encouraged to browse, reference, download, share, discuss, and adapt resources. Use the navigation menu to access information and resources.


Also, be sure to visit the Remote Teaching & Learning of Social Studies Google Sites Page. There, you will find the resources Considerations for Planning and Engaging in Remote Learning and Helpful Hints for Teachers, Students, and Parents to Keep in Mind while at home. 


Remember that this is a great time for learning for the sake of learning.  It is the ideal time for teachers and students to focus on the intrinsic value of learning and not just assignments for a grade.  This time of remote learning offers the perfect opportunity to enhance the practice of planning assignments which allow students to deepen their knowledge.


REMEMBER, K-12 Social Studies resources and information can also be found on the shelves of our current LiveBinders.  Click this K-12 SS LiveBinders hyperlink to access all social studies materials!

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Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award


Congratulations to this year’s winner of the Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award for North Carolina, Mrs. Elizabeth Shaver. Mrs. Shaver has been teaching at Holly Springs High School in Wake County for the last ten years. She serves as the adviser for the Social Studies Honors Society and the Pride Club at her school. She says that she endeavors every day to ensure that every student feels that they are an important part of her day and that she truly cares about their success and well-being while also working to instill her students with an appreciation and love of American history. Mrs. Shaver will receive $1000 from Gilder Lehrman as well as a collection of books and historical resources.


The  2021 Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year award will honor exceptional elementary and secondary school American history teachers (including state and local history). The national winner receives a $10,000 prize presented at an award ceremony in their honor in New York City. State winners receive a $1,000 prize, an archive of classroom resources, and recognition at a ceremony in their state. 


For more information, visit the Gilder Lehrman website, visit the eligibility page or Nominate a Teacher.

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