Amplifying Native Voices in North Carolina History Summer Teacher Institute
Sponsored by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation (ZSR), the North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC), and the Institute for Heritage Education (IHE)
Deadline to Apply: May 22, 2023
Our vision for the Amplifying Native Voices in North Carolina History Summer Teacher Institute is that North Carolina teachers have access to culturally responsive curriculum materials, access to experiential and object-based learning, and the opportunity to engage with American Indian educators and researchers. The Institute will include sessions where teachers will engage with content, as well as participate in teaching methods-based workshops and discussion sessions. The content of the curriculum shared at this Institute focuses on Native experiences in the Carolinas between 1491-1830, a time period for which North Carolina teachers have expressed interest in covering in their classrooms but also a need additional tools and resources. Key topics include first contact in the Carolinas, Native Slavery, the Indian Removal Act, and Native agency. Particular focus will be placed on emotional awareness in the classroom while teaching difficult histories.
This Institute is a component of a larger project called Amplifying Native Voices in North Carolina History with goals to advance public education by creating new educational opportunities and building the capacity of schools to elevate Native American voices, experiences, cultures, and contributions in teaching about the past and present of our state and nation. Unfortunately, Native American experiences and histories continue to be erased in public education, media, politics, and cultural institutions. Currently, North Carolina public schools have limited capacity to include American Indian studies and cultural values in teaching social studies, history, and other subjects. Our aim is to have teachers walk away with tools to effectively incorporate Indigenous voices, traditional knowledge, and Lumbee culture/history into their classrooms. We emphasize the use of primary sources including archaeological collections as well as digital humanities materials that can be incorporated into online learning.
School: Green Hope High School