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Professional Development

If you are searching for innovative and stimulating staff development experiences, look no further! Designed for teachers, our exciting workshops combine historical content with innovative classroom applications.

Please check with your district professional development coordinator for information about continuing education credits.

Online Educator Workshops

These distance-learning programs are geared just for educators and for those interested in earning continuing education credits (up to forty contact hours per workshop). To review what types of credit are available for each workshop, click here. Access the workshops anytime during the program dates. You must have access to a computer with an Internet connection to participate in these courses.

The cost per workshop is $40; $25 for Associates with Education Memberships and for NCDNCR Employees. Each program is limited to thirty participants, so register early. 

For more information, call 919-814-7028, e-mail or review our Online Workshop FAQs.

Upcoming Online Educator Workshops include:

African American Life and Culture in North Carolina History

What is the African American experience of North Carolina? How has it changed over time? Discover how African Americans formed and maintained community over time and learn of their many contributions to our state’s history.

Dates: December 1, 2020-January 15, 2021

Registration: Open

Revolutionary Times in North Carolina NEW!

The peoples living in North Carolina in colonial times had varied responses to how they were governed. “Liberty” had different meanings across this land. How and when some people chose a route to become self-governed, even to the point of revolution, as well as the ways this revolution manifested itself in the state are explored in this online workshop. 

Dates: January 15-March 1, 2021

Registration: Open

Women in North Carolina History UPDATED!

Women have made history in the land we call North Carolina for thousands of years, despite legal, social, and racial disadvantages. Learning about their situations and contributions over time helps complete understanding of our shared history, and fosters awareness and appreciation for how everyone’s lives impact our todays and tomorrows.

Dates: March 1-April 15, 2021

Registration: Open


April 15-May 23, 2021

Antebellum North Carolina—Condensed Schedule!

What images come to mind when you think about antebellum North Carolina? Do you picture Scarlett O’Hara flirting with her beaux against the backdrop of a lush plantation landscape? Few, if any, North Carolinians living in the antebellum era would have recognized this scene as one out of their daily lives. Discover what life was like for people living in North Carolina before the start of the Civil War.

Dates: May 24-June 21, 2021 (To meet DPI deadlines, we offer this course on a condensed schedule).

Registration Deadline: Open

North Carolina at Home and in Battle during World War II

Learn how World War II affected North Carolinians and how the state's men, women, and children contributed to the war effort at home and abroad.

Dates: July 1-September 15, 2021

Registration Deadline: Open

Teaching Hard History Virtual Webinar Series

The North Carolina Museum of History in partnership with Carolina K-12 at UNC-Chapel Hill presents the free Teaching Hard History virtual webinar series for educator professional development to provide middle and high school teachers throughout NC with the content knowledge, skills, training, and ongoing support they need to teach about our complicated past and its impact and legacies on today’s current events. For more information, e-mail


My N.C. from A to Z—A Conversation with Michelle Lanier about North Carolina’s Rich African American History, Heritage, and Culture

See a recording of this program here!

TEACHING HARD HISTORY: Challenging Misconceptions of Slavery: The Life of Omar ibn Said

See a recording of this program here!

TEACHING HARD HISTORY: Wilmington 1898: The Hidden History of an American Coup D’État

See a recording of this program here!

TEACHING HARD HISTORY: From 1770 to 2020: Race, Revolt and Resistance with Dr. Sonny Kelly

See a recording of this program here!