#EverythingNC in the Classroom: Back-to-school workshops and support for Educators

Monday, July 1, 2019

Although the traditional school year just ended, many North Carolina K-12 educators are already planning for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. With curriculum development, lesson planning, and kickoff workshops all on the summer to-do list, the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library (GHL) has everything you need to prepare your upcoming year of instruction on #everythingNC.

Resources and Tools for Educators

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The GHL offers reliable online resources and materials to incorporate into classroom activities and curriculum. Research guides are available on topics such as finding and evaluating primary sources and thinking critically about reliable information. We also have hands-on learning exercises using primary sources, and comprehensive research tools like NCpedia: the online encyclopedia of North Carolina. The resources GHL provides fit the needs of many age groups, academic levels, and learning styles. Our ANCHOR: A North Carolina History Online Resource digital textbook covers North Carolina from prehistory to current times and incorporates primary source materials, definitions, and contextual information into its articles. And in all of the above resources you can find a link to our Ask a Librarian chat service, where you and your students can connect with GHL staff Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for North Carolina research help!

Personalized Instruction and Hands-on Learning 

Library staff also offer several forms of personalized instruction. Classroom instruction for students can be provided in person at your school, on site at the Government and Heritage Library, or remotely via online video services. This instruction can be customized to the needs and current topics of the class or on broader topics such as information literacy skills. Workshops and presentations for educators can be provided one-on-one to teachers, to teams based on discipline, or to school districts as part of academic year kickoffs or professional development days. Sessions can focus on a range of topics, for example: 

  • an overview and hands-on exploration of GHL’s online resources for student learning, such as the NCpedia, ANCHOR, or the NC Digital Collections, which provides access to more than 90,000 historic and recent  photographs, state government publications, and manuscripts related to North Carolina from the collections of the Library and State Archives of North Carolina, or
  • a workshop to develop active classroom learning for multiple learning styles using the Understanding Events Using Primary Sources activity from our Getting to Primary Sources: Navigating Online Research guide, which helps students with identifying different types of primary sources, developing critical evaluation skills, exploring multiple perspectives on an event, understanding bias, and more.

Contact us at GHL.info@ncdcr.gov to ask about additional customized presentation topics and instruction sessions. 

Want More Resources? We Welcome Feedback!

To give us feedback about how we can better support North Carolina educators, please complete the following survey (open through September 9, 2019): https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NCEducators. Government and Heritage Library staff love to help educators and students discover #everythingNC!



Jen Hanft, Education and Instruction Librarian
Rebecca Hyman, Educational Programs and Outreach Librarian