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K-12 & Community College Virtual Program

January 20, 2022

via Zoom | 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. EST

0.5 CEU/5 PDCH


UNC World View is excited to announce another program in partnership with the Choices Program at Brown University to introduce an important curriculum unit to NC educators. According to Choices, Westward Expansion: A New History explores how different groups in the West experienced U.S. expansion and invasion and includes lessons on geography, Indian primary sources, rewriting history, and more to help students learn about legends, calendar sticks, and Native perspectives on U.S. westward expansion. This unit introduces students to the term “settler colonialism” in addition to the idea of “westward expansion” to emphasize the processes of Native removal and the taking of land by U.S. settlers. This unit is best suited for use in middle schools, high schools, and community colleges. Participants will receive access to a one-year Digital Editions license for the Westward Expansion: A New History curriculum unit.

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Thursday, January 20, 2022
4:00 p.m. Welcome
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill
4:05 p.m. The Why Of It: On History, Memory, and Presence

Daniel M. Cobb, Professor, Department of American Studies, UNC-Chapel Hill

4:35 p.m. Introducing Westward Expansion: A New History Choices Unit and Strategies for Using in the Classroom

Mimi Stephens, Director of Professional Development, Choices, Brown University
[Choices DIAP rubric]
6:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Charlé LaMonica, Director, World View, UNC-Chapel Hill


Charlé LaMonica has held service to the state front and center in her work. Since 2013, LaMonica has expanded UNC World View’s support of educators and increased partnerships in both rural and urban settings. LaMonica and the World View team have led more than 21 global study visits, taking K-12 and community college educators around the world to learn about educational systems, classroom experiences, history, business and culture. Since the founding of UNC World View in 1998, more than 25,000 teachers have participated in UNC World View programs from every county in North Carolina.

Daniel Cobb joined UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of American Studies in fall 2010, after serving as a faculty member in the History Department at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and as Assistant Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Cobb’s research and teaching focus on American Indian history since 1887, political activism, ethnohistorical methods, ethnobiography, memory, and global indigenous rights. His first book, Native Activism in Cold War America: The Struggle for Sovereignty (2008), won the inaugural Labriola Center American Indian National Book Award in 2009. In addition to publishing, Cobb enjoys working on projects that engage the public and has created or developed many events and an exhibition devoted to American Indian culture and politics. In 2016, he completed a 24-lecture Great Courses on American Indian history in partnership with The Teaching Company and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Cobb has also been involved in Teaching American History and other professional development programs for public school teachers sponsored by the National Council for History Education, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Ohio Historical Society, and Ohio Humanities Council.
Mimi Stephens is the Professional Development Director for the Choices Program. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.

Program Materials

To receive .5 CEU (or 5 PDCH) you must attend the 2-hour virtual program on January 20 and turn in this study guide. Please return the completed study guide by Friday, February 11, 2022 to World View

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