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 Designed for teachers, our exciting workshops combine historical content with innovative classroom applications.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:

Legends of North Carolina

Was Blackbeard really so bad? What became of Virginia Dare? Explore the fascinating history of these and fourteen other North Carolina legends and learn how and why their stories have changed over time.

May 23-June 22, 2022 (To meet DPI deadlines, we offer this course on a condensed schedule.)

Registration: Open

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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

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

A “Reign of Terror” in North Carolina: From Wyatt Outlaw to the Ku Klux Klan Testimonies of 1871/72

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 5 pm – 6:30 pm via Zoom


In 1869, a federal grand jury declared the Ku Klux Klan to be a terrorist organization. In January 1871, the US Congress convened a committee which took testimony from witnesses about Klan atrocities. The results were published in 1872 in a 13 volume “Report of the Joint Select Committee Appointed to Inquire in to the Condition of Affairs in the Late Insurrectionary States.” Volume II contains the testimony taken by the committee in relation to North Carolina, as well as the report of the trials in the United States circuit court held in Raleigh. These primary sources paint a jarring, yet little known picture of our state’s past. Join Carolina K-12, the NC Museum of History, & the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition to shine a light on this historical record and learn about the activities of the KKK and other hate groups in late-1800s North Carolina, the state and national governmental responses, and ultimately, the KKK testimonies and trials themselves. We will also examine the complex ways this history is still with us today, including the recent invocation of the resulting 1871 KKK Act in a federal lawsuit.

Panelists will include Freddie Parker (Professor, Emeritus of American History, NCCU), Glenn Hinson (Associate Professor, American Studies & Anthropology, UNC-CH), and Ted Shaw (Julius L. Chambers Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Civil Rights at UNC-CH). A discussion will be moderated by James Williams (Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition).

Attending K-12 teachers will receive accompanying lesson plans post-attendance; CEUs are available.

This event is provided by the NC Museum of History, Carolina K-12 and the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition, with funding from the Braitmayer Foundation.


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!