March/April 2021: Social Studies Update

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March/April 2021

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:


  • NC Extended Content Standards Stakeholder Groups 
  • Opportunities from World View
  • The UNC African Studies Center- 3- Part Virtual Series  Virtual Series
  • 19th  Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust”
  • Self Care: Meeting the SEL Needs of Adults through the Arts
  • NCCEE Updates and PD Opportunities

  • Global Education Opportunities
  • The 12 District Banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve System Present the Virtual Series: Racism and the Economy



  • Social Studies Standards Update

  • Financial Literacy Resources for Elementary Teachers and Students

  • NC Museum of History Presents: Community Class on Women Breaking Barriers

  • Resources and Updates from EVERFI 
  • K-12 Social Studies Sites


  • World View Global Fellows Program
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: 2021 Essay Contest
  • Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award

  • Global Education Opportunities
  • Additional Grant Opportunities

The Dual Credit Allowances Chart


The Dual Credit Allowances Chart has been updated as of March 2021. The updates reflect changes made due to the social studies standards adoption and the policy change of GRAD-004 that resulted. There are updates on both versions of Dual Credit Allowances information.  One chart is from the perspective of the UGETC courses with the new information noted on page 6 and the other chart is from the perspective of high school graduation requirements with the new information noted on page 9. The Dual Credit Allowances Chart specifies community college CCP courses that satisfy high school course requirements.


Direct link to DPI/CCP website with Dual Credit Allowances Chart button:


Direct pdf link to Dual Credit Allowances Chart:


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NC Extended Content Standards Stakeholder Groups 


The NCDPI Exceptional Children Division would like to invite interested individuals to join Stakeholder groups to develop Social Studies Standards for the North Carolina Extended Content Standards.  The Stakeholder groups will  examine the newly passed Social Studies Standards for the Standard Course of Study and create alternate achievement standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities. 


The Social Studies Standard Course of Study standards can be found on this link. 


If interested, please complete this Google Form by March 29, 2021.

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Opportunities from World View

Africa and the African Diaspora: Past and Present

MARCH 25, 4:00 – 6:00 pm EDT via Zoom


This virtual program introduces educators to the concept of the African diaspora and the experiences of African diaspora communities in the United States. According to the African Union, the African Diaspora is composed of “people of African origin living outside of the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality, and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” Educators will gain knowledge of the African diaspora, learn about the interconnectedness of Africa with other nations, including the United States, and receive resources that underscore connections, similarities and differences among African diaspora communities. This program is designed for K-12 and community college educators of all disciplines. CEU/PDCH offered. #WorldView2021 Register today:


Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies in Partnership with The Choices Program

APRIL 15, 4:00 – 6:00 pm EDT via Zoom 


UNC World View and the Choices Program at Brown University partner to offer a unique professional development program exploring issues of racial slavery and a valuable curriculum unit, Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and Legacies. The unit explores how and why the system of racial slavery developed in the Americas and how it continues to shape society and affect the lives of people today. At the heart of the unit are the experiences of enslaved people as they navigated and resisted a violent and oppressive system designed to dehumanize them. Participants will learn how to use the unit, engaging in lessons and activities. Participants attending this two-hour program will receive a free time-limited Digital Editions license for the Choices unit, Racial Slavery in the Americas: Resistance, Freedom, and LegaciesThe program is intended for upper middle grades, high school and community college educators. CEU/PDCH offered. Space is limited! #WorldView2021  Register today: 

The UNC African Studies Center-
3- Part Virtual Series  Virtual Series


April 14, April 21, and April 28, 7:00-8:00 PM  


The African Studies Center is offering a 3-part virtual series for K-12 educators on Social and Political Justice in Africa. The talks will be held on Wednesday evenings in April, from 7-8 PM. Sign up for one, two, or all the programs, and receive certificates of completion for sessions you attend, to submit for CEU credit.


This series of talks explores social justice movements on the African continent as a multi-layered tapestry of local community action, mass movements, and state-sponsored social change. Since social justice is a project that people work on from different levels, the series will examine different arenas for social justice action, while also looking at three different regions of the continent.


Registration links for each individual session are in the description below. Pre-registration required to receive the zoom links for the sessions.


Register Here:

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19th  Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust”


The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies at Appalachian State University invites secondary school teachers from across the United States and abroad to join the 19th  Annual Martin & Doris Rosen Summer Symposium “Remembering the Holocaust”. The symposium endeavors to provide teachers with the most current research on the Holocaust in tandem with teaching strategies and plans needed by every educator to tackle this urgent topic in an informed and successful manner in a classroom setting.


This year will center on the overarching theme of “Children in the Holocaust.” The Symposium will be held from July 18 until July 23, 2021, as a virtual program hosted by Appalachian State University’s Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies. There will be a slate of speakers and symposium faculty members, including many esteemed and widely renowned experts who are looking forward to working with the participating teachers.


Teachers can apply for book scholarships and will receive a range of educational materials in the mail before the start of the symposium. They will also be given full access to all programs and education credit for thirty to forty contact hours (which assumes different forms, depending on the state/country, in which they teach). The application form can be found on the website and submitted electronically, here. Many programs are also open to the public and teachers can register, participate, and get credit for those events without a scholarship.


Register here. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Center at

SELf Care Banner

We all know that we cannot serve students from an empty cup.  Every educator has been repeatedly told to put on their own oxygen mask first but for most, virtual, hybrid, and in-person teaching during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been overwhelmingly stressful. Many adults do not know where or how to begin to address their own SEL needs but are charged with leading these efforts for children. We are here to help! ALL educators are welcome to join in this 8-session series to learn practical techniques to manage stress, rekindle daily joy through the arts, and explore how to apply lessons learned in this series to the classroom through Arts Integrated SEL lessons for students. We look forward to sharing this valuable content with you and know that your students will be better served when you engage in a little SELf Care!


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In 2015, our amazing predecessors created the ArtsR4Life conference to meet the social and emotional needs of adult educators of every content while simultaneously providing arts integration, arts education, and arts exposure through meaningful experiences. In this series, specifically meant to overcome the challenges associated with social distancing and a year of change, you will be able to:

  • Renew yourself with small shifts to “Teach Happier” 
  • Rekindle your passion for joy, creating, and education with a variety of sessions offered in different arts disciplines 
  • Reflect on how meeting your SELf Care needs helps you teach better
  • Reconnect with your peers, your content, and the SEL Competencies to empower your students to have their SEL needs met
  • Rediscover the joy of education


Sessions include:

Read session descriptions and find registration links HERE.


Please forward this information to any educator who might be interested in learning more about SELf Care and how to empower themselves and their students to meet their SEL needs!


Check out the NCDPI SEL Resources 


Share out on Social Media with the hashtag #NCSEL

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NCCEE Updates and Opportunities


Professional Development 


The North Carolina Council for Economic Education (NCCEE) is presenting webinars in partnership with the Council for Economic Education. NCCEE has created the content and will be delivering the following webinars. Teachers who attend all 6 webinars will receive a certificate of attendance for 6 hours of professional development from NCCEE.


Don’t Let Poor Decisions Work Against You by Tori Yauch, NCCEE on Monday, April 12, 2021 from 6-7 pm


Saving & Misbehaving by Tori Yauch, NCCEE on Thursday, April 15, 21 from 6-7 pm


Teaching Economics with Podcasts by Stephanie Cales, NCCEE on Monday, April, 26, 2021 from 6-7 pm


Teaching Personal Finance with Podcasts by Stephanie Cales, NCCEE on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 6-7 pm


EPF Course Professional Development  Update


NCCEE is currently seeking grants to secure opportunities for more teachers to attend an EPF Institute during the summer of 2021.


Upcoming Asynchronous PD Sessions Self-Paced Professional Development Courses


Taxes 101-5 Hours PD

Presented in Google Classroom, this interactive, self-paced professional development will provide you with everything you need to teach taxes in the classroom. The course will include Q&A with qualified financial professionals and an introduction to the Turbo Tax Simulation tool for high school students. Attendees will receive a certificate for 5 hours of professional development, or consider pairing with another asynchronous course for 10 hours equal to 1 CEU. Register now.


 Insurance 101 Reboot-5 Hours PD


This is a republished version of Insurance 101, originally offered in October 2020. Presented in Google Classroom, Insurance 101 includes Q&A videos with industry experts to build content knowledge and provide the confidence you need to teach about insurance and avoiding risk. Attendees will receive a certificate for 5 hours of professional development or consider pairing with another asynchronous course for 10 hours equal to 1 CEU. Please note if you attended in October 2020, you are ineligible to attend this offering. Register now.



NC Museum of History Presents: Community Class on Women Breaking Barriers


In this session of Community Class, a series for educators, students, and community members at large, we will help conclude Women’s History Month with stories of Black women activists, many with ties to North Carolina, who defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot.


This is an online program.  An email containing the Zoom link will be sent to all registrants an hour and a half before the program begins.


Register here!

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Global Education Professional Development Opportunities


Celebrating the History and Cultural Contributions of Arab Americans: A Webinar for Educators

Tuesday, April 13 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.



Though often overlooked, Arab Americans are an important thread in the fabric of American society. From the first wave of immigrants who arrived in the late 19th century to the present day, Arab Americans have been making valuable contributions in the fields of medicine, business, education, technology, government, culture, and more. In honor of April as Arab American Heritage Month, this webinar will explore strategies to incorporate information on Arab Americans into the curriculum. Countering overgeneralized representations of this group, they will provide an overview of Arab American history, with an emphasis on cultural history.


This webinar will provide tools for culturally-responsive teaching by offering resources to integrate students’ diverse cultures, identities, and experiences in the classroom. Participants will explore materials from Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that highlights the early cultural innovations and accomplishments of Arab American musicians, writers, poets, artists, performers and journalists.

  • This program will feature Dr. Akram Khater, Professor of History and Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University.
  • This webinar is a collaboration of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.
  • FREE and open to any interested educator.
  • A certificate documenting 1.5 professional learning hours will be provided to registered teachers to submit to the appropriate person at your school or in your district to receive credit. Please note: it is up to your school/district to approve credit.

Please contact Emma Harver, Director of Outreach for the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies at with questions.


 Register in advance:


How to Teach about the Middle East - and Get it Right!

You’re invited to join five free interactive sessions between January and May 2021 from
5:00 - 6:30 p.m., featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges. You will be able to earn Professional Development Hours.

  • April 22: Teaching about the Middle East through Underreported Stories, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • May 20: Hip Hop and Women's Voices in the Middle East and North Africa



Federal reserve bank webinar series

The 12 District Banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve System Present the Virtual Series: Racism and the Economy


Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET,


Hosted by all 12 District Banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, “Racism and the Economy” is a virtual series that brings together community, business, and academic leaders to examine the economic impact of racism and advance bold ideas and concrete actions to achieve an economy that makes opportunity available to everyone.


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Register Here


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Graduation Requirements for Incoming
Grade 9 Students in 2021-22 New Social Studies Standard Courses of Study for 2021-22

On February 4, 2021, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved the adoption of the K-12 Social Studies Standards. The approved standards can be found here. Installation of the standards is currently in progress. Implementation of the standards begins Fall 2021.


***Access Updated General Installation Timeline  ****

As a reminder, the following Social Studies high school courses will be required for graduation starting with Grade 9 students entering in 2021-22 (adopted in March 2020):

Four Social Studies credits which shall be:

  • Founding Principles of the United States of America and North Carolina:  Civic Literacy
  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • American History
  • World History

Lesson Plan Book from National history day

Classroom Materials from National History Day and National Endowment for the Humanities 


National History Day is partnering with the National Endowment for the Humanities to commemorate the semiquincentennial of the United States. Together, NEH and NHD will create classroom materials that highlight different perspectives on the American Revolution, early American republic, and the continued efforts to create a more perfect union throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. These classroom resources will help teachers engage students with unique primary sources and themes of democracy and citizenship throughout United States history.


Download the lesson plan book here:

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Financial Literacy Resources for Elementary Teachers and Students


The Money $mart Magic $how- Created for Elementary Teachers and their Students


Looking for a creative way to teach personal finance concepts to your elementary students? NCCEE has partnered with Ally to bring The Money $mart Magic $how to your students. This unique approach to teaching personal finance concepts features a series of short videos of a magician whose tricks, illusions, and humor are perfect for elementary student audiences! You must register in advance to share this video series with your students during the month of April. Register now.

Hands on banking


Family Financial Fun Nights for Elementary Students and their Families


Elementary Teachers: Engage your students with finance industry volunteers to complete interactive activities that are fun and educational. All activities for the remainder of this school year will be virtual. The first 3 teachers to schedule a Family Financial Fun Night for a Title 1 school will receive a $150 stipend. You help us schedule it. They do the rest!


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Resources and Updates from EVERFI


MassMutual FutureSmart Scholarship Contest

Middle school students using EVERFI’s FutureSmart financial literacy resource are eligible to enter the 2020-2021 scholarship contest for a chance to win one of ten $1,000 529 College Savings gift cards. The FutureSmart Scholarship Contest is open to any U.S. student in grades 6-8 who has completed at least three of the FutureSmart digital lessons and submitted a short essay. Spring semester entries must be received by May 31, 2021. Click here for details


Celebrating Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month is a time to honor extraordinary women and their achievements, struggles, and triumphs throughout history.  Celebrate and recognize the contributions women have made by incorporating these lesson ideas.  



April is Financial Literacy Month! Check out EVERFI’s suite of financial education resources and let’s schedule time to connect to discuss the roll out of these resources:

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. Please click this link to access resources for teaching about race, racism, human rights, etc.


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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Global Fellows Program World View

UNC World View 2021-2022 Fellows Program Exploring Indigenous Cultures: Ancient North Carolinians, Past and Present


In partnership with the UNC Research Laboratories of Archaeology and the UNC American Indian Center


World View will utilize expertise available at UNC-Chapel Hill to expand participants’ knowledge of indigenous peoples, past and present, and support educators in developing culturally appropriate, relevant and historically accurate curricula for teaching about American Indian peoples and cultures, specifically ancient North Carolinians.


North Carolina K-12 and community college educators teaching in any discipline are invited to apply. Fellows will attend professional development programming (virtually), engage in two coaching sessions, and develop comprehensive lesson plans that engage K-12 and community college students in learning about North Carolina’s indigenous cultures by using the Ancient North Carolinians: A Virtual Museum of NC Archeology website. This selective program will accept a total of 12 Fellows representing a variety of disciplines in K-5, 6-8, 9-12 schools and community colleges. Fellows who successfully complete the program will receive a stipend of $500 and 50 professional learning contact hours (5 CEU). Click here to learn more or to download the application. 


Applications are due April 14, 2021


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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: 2021 Essay Contest.


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for its 2021 essay contest.


Students are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question: "What are the responsibilities of citizenship, and how do those responsibilities support and reinforce the rule of law?"


The contest is open to all students currently in grades 9 through 12 from Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.


Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 28, 2021.


Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place, $2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.


Winners will be announced in the summer, and travel will be provided to the court’s Essay Awards Program in September 2021.


For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay, visit


For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at or (804) 916-2706.


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Link to contest flyer

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Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year Award

The deadline for 2021 nominations is March 31, 2021. 

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 K-12 Social Studies Google Sites or the Gilder Lehrman website, visit the eligibility page or Nominate a Teacher.


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Global Education Opportunities

Apply for a 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


Asia Society’s Online Certificate in Teaching for Global Competence

Check out the certificate program for educators in partnership with EdPlus at Arizona State University. The program offers certificates in The Essentials of Global CompetenceProject-Based Learning in a Global Classroom, and Classroom Assessment of Global Competence. To earn each certificate, educators take three online courses comprised of short videos, interactive learning objects, and competency-based assessments, as well as readings and reflective activities. The certificates are designed for any K-12 education professional interested in learning how to incorporate best-practices in global competence education. You can find more information here.


Virtual Cultural Exchange Opportunities with Individuals Displaced by Conflict through NaTakallam 

NaTakallam  partners with schools to bring real-life conversations, language learning, and cultural exchange to the classroom.  Students work with Conversation Partners (CPs) – all of them individuals displaced by conflict — improving their speaking skills and learning about their partner’s culture and story. In partnership with QFI, NaTakallam is able to offer scholarship funds to interested K-12 schools. For more information, contact or sign-up today.

Additional Awards and Grants


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