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For K-12 and Community College Educators

Applications due September 20

Virtual and In-Person

5.0 CEU/50 PDCH

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We’re Still Here:
Exploring Indigenous Cultures


There are over 476 million Indigenous people living in over 5,000 distinct groups in 90 countries across the world (United Nations). North Carolina alone is home to one of the largest American Indian populations east of the Mississippi River and includes eight state-recognized tribes and four urban Indian organizations. Indigenous peoples represent distinct social, cultural, and political groups worldwide that share overlapping challenges that threaten the protection of their rights, their lands, and their well-being as distinct peoples and polities.

The UNC World View Fellows Program, We’re Still Here: Exploring Indigenous Cultures is an intensive, eight-month interdisciplinary professional learning opportunity that deepens educators’ understanding of the culture, history, and contemporary life of Indigenous communities in North Carolina and throughout the world.

Fellows are expected to attend in-person and virtual programming, engage in curriculum support sessions and peer discussions, and complete a series of tasks. The Fellows program kicks off with a short orientation webinar and then Fellows come together at UNC World View’s Fall Symposium to explore the meaning of global Indigeneity and examine the complexities of Indigenous identity and life.

Each Fellow will develop one comprehensive lesson plan that engages K-12 and early/middle college students in learning about global Indigeneity. Lesson plans will be published on the UNC World View website. By the end of the program, Fellows will have deepened their understanding that global is local as they learn about Indigenous peoples and communities at home and around the world and collaborate with peers and UNC World View to develop a standards-based lesson.

North Carolina K-12 and early/middle college educators teaching in any discipline are invited to apply. Please complete the form on the Fellows page here.

The 2023-24 Fellows Program is funded by the Longview Foundation, Anonymous Trust, the UNC Office of the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, and the UNC Office of the Provost. 


  1. To provide a professional development experience that expands educators’ knowledge of Indigenous peoples in North Carolina and globally and explores strategies for integrating themes related to Global Indigeneity in the curriculum.
  2. To develop, publish and share standards-based curriculum materials featuring Indigenous peoples and issues that impact them for use by K-12 and early or middle college educators.


  • Fellows who successfully complete all program requirements will be eligible for up to 5.0 CEUs or 50 hours of professional learning.
  • Fellows who successfully complete all program requirements by announced deadlines will earn a stipend of $750.
  • Fellows will receive program-related professional development and resources, including two, one-day in-person programs and three webinars.
  • Fellows will receive curriculum development support.


  • Fellow must be a current practicing educator, teaching in North Carolina.
  • Fellow is required to participate and engage in:
    • Two in-person programs – October 5, 2023 & March 1, 2024 (approximately 10am to 4pm ET),
    • Three webinars – September 28, November 9 & December 7, 2023 (4pm – 5:30pm ET).
    • Interactive and collaborative professional learning and curriculum development.
  • Fellow must read or view all program materials, complete independent research and assignments, and create one comprehensive lesson plan by the scheduled due dates.
  • All work must be original, authored by the Fellow, and Fellow must abide by guidelines for creating the lesson plan and citing and using references and images.
  • Fellow is required to commit to delivering professional development on their experience and the lesson plans produced in the Fellows program at least one time. (For example, at an in-district professional development day, a UNC World View program, or a conference of their choice).



Aug 28. Extended to Sept 20! Application period closes, 5:00 pm ET
September 1 First Round Applicants notified of the review committee’s decision, Applications received after 9/1 will be notified on a rolling basis.
Sept 28, 4 pm – 5:30 pm Fellows Program Orientation Webinar
October 5, 10 am – 4 pm UNC World View Symposium Global Indigeneity: Indigenous Cultures, Peoples, and Places @ The Friday Center, Chapel Hill
November 9, 4 – 5:30 pm Webinar 2
Task #1 Due: Brief Action Plan
December 7, 4 – 5:30 pm Webinar 3 and Check in
Task #2 part A Due: Lesson Plan drafts due to peers/partner
January 4, 2024 Task #2 part B Due: Independent peer meetings to discuss lesson plan feedback
March 1, 10 am – 4 pm Fellows Curriculum Workshop in Chapel Hill (Fellows should be prepared to pilot/share their plans at this workshop)
March 15 Task #3 Due: Lesson Plan
May 1 Final Lesson Plan Revisions due to World View
May 8 Task #4 Due: World View Fellows Evaluation and Reflection
June Lesson Plans published
Ongoing short check-ins, independent research/curriculum development, revisions





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