Thursday, September 26, 2019

Latin Teacher Position at NC Leadership Academy

Growing, Top-Performing College Prep School in the Piedmont Triad Area is seeking energetic, hard-working, candidate for middle and high school Latin teacher. The position currently is full time but we would be willing to work with the right person to make it fit. Currently, we offer Latin 1, Latin 2, Latin 3 and 4 in a combo class as well as Latin 1A to 7th graders. The program has been at the school for several years and the students have a good solid Latin foundation.

Please submit resume and experience. Competitive salary and benefits including state retirement.

The North Carolina Leadership Academy
4353 High Point Road
Kernersville, NC 27284

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

NCCA Sponsored Sessions FLANC Fall Conference – Saturday, October 26, 2019

The FLANC Fall Conference will be in Winston-Salem, NC, October 25th and 26th, with NCCA sponsored sessions on Saturday, October 26th. The NCCA Business Meeting will be during lunch.
Register HERE.

1.Using Oral Latin to Teach Vocabulary in Context
Buck Holler – Christ Covenant School
Form and meaning are more firmly grasped by the language learner when presented and used in sentences, images, or physical objects. Students can begin learning Latin vocabulary and grammar not in isolation or in disassociated lists, but in meaningful linguistic structures. Vocabulary, grammar, and comprehension are effectively taught and learned through an active use of the target language that persistently focuses on the relationship between words, sentences, and ideas.

Read Latin Left-to-Right: Yes, You Can!
Caroline Kelly – Mitchell Community College
English speakers find that reading Latin can be a particular challenge because of the word order of Latin sentences. This session offers reading strategies to be introduced at novice level and expanded to manage the increasing complexities of language. It is a hands-on session with basic theory followed by practice with a variety of readings.

Caesar's Calendar or Augustus's?
Frank Romer – East Carolina University
Julius Caesar’s calendar reform is still with us (along with a 16th century modification). His calendar commission, headed by an Alexandrian Greek named Sosigenes, made 46 BC what appears to be the longest year in history at 445 days. Why does Solinus (3rd or 4th c. AD) designate it as the Augustan calendar? (Handouts will be provided.)

A Spoken-Word Iliad: Ancient Orality in Translation
Keyne Cheshire – Davidson College
In a literary culture in fact far more oral than ours, even the most educated “readers” of literature were regularly read to by others who had rehearsed the work for performance, either private or public. Keen on capturing this kind of experience in translation, I will share portions of an effort to translate the performability of the first book of Homer’s Iliad in a style inspired by modern oral poetic modes, specifically rap and spoken word.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

SCS Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level

Nominations are open for the Society for Classical Studies Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Precollegiate Level, an award for K-12 teachers given annually by the Society for Classical Studies.

The SCS gives two awards each year. The value is $500.00 (cash), $200.00 (materials budget), and plane fare plus two nights in the conference hotel at either the SCS annual meeting (Washington D.C., Jan. 2-5, 2020) or the ACL annual meeting (Charleston South Carolina, June, 2020). The awardee may choose.

The nomination is due Sept. 27, 2019.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

North Carolina Museum of Art Classical Education Offerings 2019/2020

The American Classical League and North Carolina Museum of Art are partnering to ask Classical Language educators their input on programs and resources to support their teaching for the 2019/2020 school year. In addition to Museum's permanent classical collection and expansive PK-16 offerings to students and teachers it offers every year, NCMA has a special opportunity next year with the spring Bacchus exhibition. This exhibition will showcase a conservation project: We look forward to hearing what educators may be interested in incorporating in their curriculum to determine offerings through the year.

Please take 2 minutes to give your feedback here: NCMA and NC Classical League Survey

The NCMA permanent classical collection: 

The NCMA PK-16 offerings:

Monday, January 28, 2019

NCCA Spring Meeting 2019

February 16, 2019
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem NC
Tribble Hall, A303

10:00-10:30 Registration

10:30-11:20 "The Tiber as a Unifying and Dividing Theme in Statius' Silvae 1" Dustin Heinen (NCSU)

11:20-12:10 “Ennius’ Sacra Historia: Towards a Latin Euhemerism” Stephen Blaire (WFU)

12:10-1:00 Business Meeting (box lunch provided).

  • Election of new Vice-President, and elevation of Christy Tucker (Covenant Day, Mathews NC) to President
  • Report of the Treasurer
  • News from The American Classical League

1:00-2:00 Roundtable on Oral Latin.

  • 1:00-1:15. "Sensible Output: VoiceThread and an Experience of Latin Literature." John Oksanish (WFU)
  • 1:15-1:30. The Mission of the Paideia Institute's New "Quintilian Society." Cecile Tougas (NCSSM)
  • 1:30-2:00. Oral Latin and the Changing Latin Classroom. Discussion starting with Buck Holler (Christ Covenant School, Winterville NC)

2:00-2:50 “Poseidon Earthshaker: Evidence for the Cult of Poseidon as Earthquake God in the Roman Near East.” Robyn Le Blanc (UNCG)

For interested K-12 educators, a certificate will be provided indicating that this conference provides 3 1/2 contact hours of scholarly talks in the field of Classics and 0.35 Continuing Education units (CEU) in an academic subject area of World Languages.

Note: Local Education Agencies (LEAs) or districts and charter schools must approve professional development offerings.

» Campus / Parking Map of Wake Forest University

To register, please complete this membership form for our records and pay annual dues at the meeeting by cash or check for $25 (students $15) made out to the North Carolina Classical Association. If time permits and you prefer to pay in advance, checks may be sent to Temple Eller, Treasurer NCCA, 7 Winterberry Ridge Ct., Greensboro NC 27407.

Please also complete a lunch preference form for our kind hosts at Wake Forest University

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Susan Meyer of Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill, SCS 2018 Award for Excellence in Teaching

Susan “Magistra” Meyer has taught in Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill, since 2010. Her nominator’s words testify vividly to her talents: “Susan is a genius at what she does. If there were a MacArthur Award that accommodated Middle School teachers, I would nominate her for that.” As a more modest prize, the SCS is delighted to recognize Susan with an Excellence in Precollegiate Teaching Award.

The first of the many innovations Susan’s students and colleagues praise is a system she designed to encourage learning for its own sake and foster an inclusive, collaborative community. Fans of Harry Potter will recall the “House System” at Hogwarts. Magistra Susan took the concept of a ‘Latin family’ and created a ‘gens system’ that would randomly sort students into one of four Roman families (Claudians, Julians, Flavians, and Cornelians). Students earn famae or reputation points for their gens for positivity, personal growth, and the pursuit of academic opportunities. They might play Susan’s course on Memrise, a digital vocabulary game, on their bus ride home or make military standards, cartoons, stories, or charters for their gentes in Latin, or even come in early to tutor younger gens members. And yes, famae can be taken away for bad deeds, but on the other hand they are awarded generously when students continue to take Latin after middle school. Lavish famae are given to the gens of an alum who takes AP Latin. One million are awarded, if they become a Latin teacher.

Susan is taking retention to a new level. As she explains, her alumni “are active fixtures” in her classroom. As long as a student is in the district, they can stay in the digital classroom until 12th grade. Alumni make posts encouraging their younger gens members to turn in missing work or to dress up for the biannual spirit day competition. They submit T-shirt designs with slogans like “The diem ain’t gonna carpe itself”. As a parent notes, “When you enter Ms. Meyer’s class in middle school, you are never her student for just a semester. You are her student for life. You become part of an intergenerational community of students, parents and teachers inspired by Ms. Meyer to love and enjoy learning together”. Susan’s outreach activities foster positive attitudes to Roman culture. Students and alumni flock to her annual study abroad trips. They also take part in community events. As one proud parent notes, “Magistra has recruited an army of nerds who put on togas and march each year in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Holiday Parade and turn the high school theater into the Underworld on Halloween”. Students submit modern Latin-related items for the classroom “ROMA VIVIT” board or take on the “Passive Voice Challenge,” attempting to use nothing but the passive for an entire school day. They create “Wonderful Verba” etymology videos (for those who miss middle school humor, the video on “incendiarism” is must see) or they read articles on her Classical Tumblr page, amoRoma. A parent explains that “Magistra is completely fluent in the language, social media, and pop culture of her students”, and a ninth grade alumna may best encapsulate the experience of Susan’s classes: “I loved how she taught in such detail that after her class even after I left the school I still think on a regular bases about word origin and how language works. Magistra's class was not only a Latin class but a life class.”

This hasn’t come easy. Susan inherited a weak program, which she has grown from a couple of classes of two and nine students respectively to five full classes at an average of twenty to twenty-five students. Her program flourishes with a diverse population. As a former teacher writes, “Ms. Meyer’s students reflect the diversity of North Carolina public schools. Her students are black, brown and white and from a wide range of economic strata. Her classroom is a haven where they learn and thrive with students across grades, schools and various other social divides. Susan has long sought to “be the teacher that I needed when I was a kid” and has succeeded brilliantly. In the words of a parent, “Magistra Meyer was born to teach middle school Latin.”