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Hidden Histories: What your NC History Textbook Left Out

keyNorth Carolina’s K-12 teachers are invited to join the North Carolina Museum of History (ncmuseumofhistory.organd the NC Civic Education Consortium ( for “Hidden Histories: What your NC history textbook left out,” an exciting and FREE professional development series designed to deepen educator knowledge of less known state and national history. Middle and high school teachers interested in gaining a more comprehensive and multi-didactic understanding of neglected people and events throughout history, in order to better engage their students’ interest and curiosity in our state and nation’s past, do not want to miss these three summer workshops!

Each two-day program will focus on a different time period and dynamically integrate:

  • Lectures from university scholars – As part of the agenda, teachers will be provided the opportunity to return to the role of students themselves as they expand their content knowledge in discussions and presentations from professors, authors, and scholars of North Carolina and American history.
  •  Interaction with the NC History Museum’s “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit – More than 14,000 years of the state’s history unfold through fascinating artifacts, multimedia presentations, dioramas, and hands-on interactive components throughout this exhibit.
  •  Pedagogical exploration – Teachers will explore how to use art, theatre and primary sources to actively engage students in social studies, as well as participate in parts of lesson plans designed by the CEC for the middle and high school classroom.


Workshop Topics & Dates

Teachers can sign up for one or more of the workshops within the Hidden Histories series. Further details are available in the registration form.


Colonization, Revolution and the New Nation – JUNE 26-27, 2014

  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, June 13
  • Sample sessions will include
    • A Parallel Struggle for Freedom: African Americans in the Revolutionary War, Dr. Reginald Hildebrand, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Bloody North Carolina: Colonial Conflicts and Clashes, Dr. Wayne Lee, UNC-Chapel Hill
    • Native Ground: Indian Culture & the Impact of Colonization, Dr. Kathleen Duval, UNC-Chapel Hill


Civil War & Reconstruction – JULY 17-18, 2014

  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Monday, July 7
  • Sample sessions will include
  • “As the War Turns” – Exploring the Drama of the Civil War, Dr. Margaret Humphries, Duke University
  • North Carolina’s Freed Black Communities, Dr. Freddie Parker, NC Central University
  • Quakers and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina, Dr. Gwen Ericson, Guilford College


Civil Rights in the Modern Century – AUGUST 7-8, 2014

  • Deadline for registration & cancellation: Friday, July 25
  • Sample sessions will include:
    • Against their Will: North Carolina’s Eugenics Program, Professor Alfred Brophy, UNC School of Law
    • §  Right to Ride: The Fight for Civil Rights in the Early 1900s, Dr. Blair Kelley, NC State University
    • North Carolina & Latino Immigration, Paul Cuadros, UNC-Chapel Hill


PARTICIPANTS WILL RECEIVE (for each individual workshop attended)

  • 1.5 Renewal Credits
  • Access to historical experts
  • Lesson plans and pedagogical training from the NC Civic Education Consortium
    • While lesson plans will be written with the middle and high school social studies classroom in mind, any interested educator who teaches the topics covered can attend, with the understanding that resources provided may need modified.
    • Special access to the exhibits and resources at the NC History Museum
    • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
    • Single occupancy hotel accommodations Thursday evening for participants residing more than 90 round-trip miles from the NC History Museum. Additionally, participants residing more than 375 round trip miles from the NC History Museum can request a Wednesday evening as well.

To register, download and complete the registration form here.

About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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