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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 Designed for teachers, our exciting workshops combine historical content with innovative classroom applications.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. Refunds are available for one week following date of registration.

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

Upcoming Online Educator Workshops include:


Civil Rights in North Carolina: A Change is Gonna Come

Throughout their history, North Carolinians have protested unjust treatment by society and government. They have opposed oppression and pushed for change, but change has not come quickly or easily. And though great strides have been made, the effort continues for full equality for all.

July 1-August 15, 2022

Registration: Open

Summer Break: August 15-August 31, 2022
Colonial Life in North Carolina

In this workshop, investigate question like “Who lived in the land we call North Carolina before it was “discovered” and explored? How and why did people from Europe and Africa come to live here? What were their lives like and how did they create community and interact with each other? How were the early settlers governed, and what were their responses to being governed?” Thanks to the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati, this workshop is free to North Carolina educators. Limit of 30 per session. Transfers from other workshops are not permitted.

September 1-October 15, 2022

Registration: Open

American Indians in North Carolina Past and Present

What is the American Indian experience of North Carolina? Who were the people here before anyone else? Learn how American Indians maintained community over time as well as their past and current contributions to our state’s history.

October 15-December 1, 2022

Registration: Open

Winter Break: December 1, 2022-January 4, 2023
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.

January 5-February 15, 2023

Registration: Open

Revolutionary Times in North Carolina

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. Thanks to the North Carolina Society of the Cincinnati, this workshop is free to North Carolina educators. Limit of 30 per session. Transfers from other workshops are not permitted.

January 5-February 15, 2023

Registration: Open

Women in North Carolina History

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

February 15-April 1, 2023

Registration: Open

Spring Break: April 2-May 21, 2023
Brother Can You Spare a Dime? The 1930s in North Carolina

What was life like for the average North Carolinian during the Great Depression? Educators will explore this question using photographs, oral histories, and in-depth articles in order to discover the effect of the Great Depression on the state and its people. To meet DPI deadlines, we offer this course on a condensed schedule.

May 22-June 22, 2023

Registration: Open

Antebellum Life in North Carolina

What images come to mind when you think about antebellum North Carolina? An examination of the population of North Carolina during the nineteenth century reveals a wide variety of people living in the state. Antebellum society was both class and color-conscious, with a triracial community of whites, blacks, and American Indians. Discover what life was like for people living in North Carolina before the start of the Civil War?

July 1-August 15, 2023

Registration: 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

Previous Teaching Hard History Programs

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!