Community outreach activities and teacher training are integral to the CSEEES mission. CSEEES staff and affiliated faculty are involved in public service at the local, regional, national, and international levels and take part in a wide array of public outreach programs to schools and the broader community. The Center actively supports K-16 educational programs, and in the past has hosted visiting scholars and delegations from the region to interact with teachers and students in North Carolina classrooms. CSEEES also collaborates with other area studies centers, universities, organizations and individuals to create resources for community engagement and education.
Resources for Teaching the Cold War
Funded in part by a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, The Visual Guide to the Cold War, provides teachers with visual primary sources (in English and Russian), lesson plans, and curriculum ideas for teaching the US-Soviet relations during the Cold War. In collaboration with Carolina K-12, CSEEES hosted a daylong professional development workshop to introduce its newest teaching resource to twenty-four middle- and high school teachers from various school districts in North Carolina.
Resources for Teaching the Russian Revolution
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, CSEEES in partnership with the UNC Libraries and Carolina K-12 developed and promoted a unique set of resources for teaching this major historical event in North Carolina classrooms. Teachers have access to a collection of primary sources from and about the period (images, poetry, music, and film), lesson plans and a digital exhibition curated by Kirilll Tolpygo, Slavic and East European Studies Librarian. The center also hosted a teacher workshop that introduced the participants to these resources.
World View is a UNC-Chapel Hill public service program focused on providing educators with information about UNC global programs, outreach, and resources. During the school year, World View’s professional development programs provide content and best practices for integrating global education in all areas of K-16 curriculum. Click the country names for more information on past CSEEES-supported professional development tours for NC educators to Russia and the Balkans.
A program of the UNC Center for Global Initiatives, Carolina Navigators provides K-12 teachers and students with global education resources including culture kits and multimedia projects created by Carolina students with international expertise. Visit their page to book culture kits from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Kazakhstan and other countries in our region.
Learning Through Languages High School Symposium
The Learning Through Languages High School Research Symposium is a unique way for North Carolina world language students to showcase their language, research and presentation skills in a scholarly environment. Eligible students include Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian or Spanish learners, including heritage speakers.
North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS)
CSEEES staff and graduate students regularly participate at the annual North Carolina Council for the Social Studies (NCCSS) Conference in Greensboro, NC. The council provides support to social studies educators across the state.
Fort Bragg Seminars
In collaboration with the Triangle Institute of Security Studies (TISS), and the Peace, War and Defense Curriculum, CSEEES regularly hosts seminars for the 92nd Civilian Affairs Brigade (Airborne) from Fort Bragg in preparation for the deployment of civil liaison teams to various countries in East Europe and Eurasia.