Monday, March 6, 2023

Announcing: NC Profs in NC Schools!

Announcing NC Profs in NC Schools, an online listing of NC college and university classics faculty who have volunteered to present in k-12 classrooms!

Friday, February 24, 2023

Spring Meeting Schedule and Agenda

NCCA Spring Meeting 2023

Saturday, Feb 25

UNC-Chapel Hill, Murphey Hall, Rm. 104


10am     “Approaching Violence and Enslavement in Greco-Roman Sources”

Sarah Brucia Breitenfeld, Davidson College


11am     “Latin Pedagogy for the Non-Classics Student”

Dustin Heinen, NC State University


12pm    Lunch/Business Meeting (working agenda below)


1pm       “Women in Roman Comedy and Roman Life”

Sharon James, UNC-Chapel Hill


2pm       "Money banks, boxes, and bags in the Roman world"

Robyn Le Blanc, UNC-Greensboro


3pm       “Fake News on Aeneas’ Shield? Possible Responses to Lying, Exaggeration,

                and Encomium in Vergil's Aeneid 8”

James O’Hara, UNC-Chapel Hill



Business Meeting Working Agenda (12pm-12:50pm), Keyne Cheshire

  • Calling for presenters at NCCA/FLANC! (our October meeting)!!
  • Budget Report, Secretary-Treasurer Carolina Kelly, Mitchell Community College
  • VROMA presentation, Mary Pendergraft, Wake Forest University
  • CAMWS announcements/info (Lisa Ellison, NC CAWMS VP, ECU)
  • An online directory of NC Latin teachers
  • NC Profs in NC Schools
  • Election of Officers (terms Feb. 2023 -- Feb. 2025)
    • Election of Vice President. Nominee: Caroline Kelly, Mitchell Community College
    • Election of Secretary-Treasurer. Nominee: Andrea Stehle, St. Timothy’s Episcopal School
  • Induction of President Travis King, Page High School (term Feb. 2023 – Feb 2025)


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

NCCA Spring Meeting - Save the Date!

When: Saturday, February 25, 2023

Where: Murphey Hall 104, UNC-Chapel Hill

Time: ca. 10am-4pm (come as you are able!)

More details to follow as things come into greater focus.

Please spread the word!

Monday, October 17, 2022

HELP! World Language Standards for North Carolina


The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is now launching its review phase of updating the North Carolina World Language Essential Standards, our state standards for K-12 World Language learning (INCLUDING LATIN). This is an important time to help shape the future of Latin in our state.


Certainly if you are a NC public school teacher, but also if you a community member who cares about the way (and the extent that) Latin will be taught in our state going forward, I strongly encourage you to subscribe to the NCDPI listservs for World Languages at the NCDPI Email Updates page.


Three Important Ways to Help!

  1. PLEASE, please, EVERYONE, take the All Stakeholders Survey for Individuals (open to everyone, including non-teachers/community members). The more people speak to the Latin language, the better, right? (There is a place in the survey to click Latin as the language of concern, and you can take the survey repeatedly to address multiple levels of Latin instruction.) Thank you!(A little more info about the survey at this link.)
  2. Apply to serve on the Data Review Committee (DRC), whose members will review the data collected and compiled from Standard-by-Standard surveys, regional focus groups, and interviews, as well as research, policies, and legislation that pertain to World Language education. The DRC will meet periodically throughout the revision process to review and discuss data, as well as draft recommendations for revision. For full information and link to the application, follow this link.
  3. Represent NCCA at the table! NCCA may nominate up to two of its current members as representatives on the World Languages Focus Group on the standards. If you are interested, please reply to this email asap. I need to submit NCCA’s reps by this Thursday (10/20). Here are the requirements:
    1. Must attend online World Language Focus Group on Saturday, October 29 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, and will earn a Certificate Of Attendance for 3 hours.
    2. Must be a practicing World Language educator who have experience implementing the North Carolina World Language Essential Standards.
    3. Must NOT already be designated to represent their district, charter school, or institute of higher education at another World Language Focus Group on the standards.

Latin Teaching Ideas!

Here are the results of a 50-minute NCCA-sponsored collaborative sharing session on Latin teaching ideas, led by Jenn Kunka of Grimsley High School (thanks, Jenn!) at the FLANC meeting two weekends ago: 


The link gives you editing privileges, so PLEASE feel free to add ideas of your own as well!

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

NCCA at FLANC this Saturday (10/8)


Certificates of Attendance (COAs)

These may be obtained by attendees through the online program, following each day’s list of session descriptions.


NCCA-Sponsored Sessions

All NCCA sessions are on Saturday, October 8.

All sessions are in meeting room “Empire C” (see map in conference program).

For logistical reasons, our BUSINESS MEETING is the first session, titled “NCCA and You!” (see below).


  • Morning NCCA Business Meeting and Session
    • 9:30-10:20am: NCCA Business Meeting (aka “NCCA and You!”) Keyne Cheshire (Davidson College) see tentative agenda below
    • 10:30-11:20am: Active Learning in the Classroom (K-8) Heidi Dean (Veritas Christian Academy)
  • Lunch and Keynote
    • 11:45am-1:20pm: Plated lunch provided + Keynote by Dr. L.J. Randolph Jr., “Beyond Representation: Building and Sustaining Inclusive Language Classrooms” (Imperial Convention Center, only a few paces from our room, Empire C) 
  • Afternoon Sessions
    • 1:30-2:20pm: “Status Quo of Latin Vocabulary Learning,” Andrea Stehle (St. Timothy's Episcopal School )
    • 2:30-3:20pm: “Learning from L1 Literacy Leaders,” Caroline Kelly (Mitchell Community College)
    • 4:00-4:50pm: “The Payoff of Parsing: Principles and Practices for Classics Classrooms,” Dr. Nathan Sundt (Veritas Christian Academy)


9:30am Saturday Business Meeting Agenda (tentative)

If you have suggestions for the agenda, please do let me know!

  • Digital Membership Process – how is that working for you?
  • Secretary-Treasurer’s Report – Caroline Kelly
    • Membership numbers (in good standing vs not renewed)
    • Finances (income/expenses/current balance)
  • Nomination(s) for Secretary-Treasurer?
  • Nomination(s) for Vice President?
    • Must be a college/university rep
    • Begins a 2-yr term starting February 2023
    • Becomes president in spring 2025
  • List of NC Schools, Colleges, and Universities offering Latin.
    • How should this list be publicized?
    • How much information should be provided?
  • Continuing our relationship with FLANC
  • Other ideas/initiatives for NCCA?



FINAL NOTE: THERE ARE NO NCCA SESSIONS OR EVENTS ON SUNDAY. The FLANC program currently lists NCCA under exhibits and lunch break for Sunday, but this is an error.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Support from CAMWS' CPLG!

Info on great support from our state (NC) CAMWS Vice President Lisa Ellison!

The purpose of CAMWS' Committee for the Promotion of Latin & Greek (CPLG) is to encourage and support all activities that promote the study of Classics, and of Latin and Greek in particular, in and outside of schools. Its principal role is to increase awareness, at each educational level, of our Classics community by offering (1) funding opportunities for promotional activities in the schools, (2) help for Latin/Greek/Classics programs in crisis, and (3) an ongoing conversation about how the study of Latin can be promoted best in the field of education.


It is mission item 1, the funding opportunities, that I especially want to draw your attention to.  


Through the Caristia Grant, you can receive up to $50 to help defray costs of such events as a field trip to a museum, a birthday party for Rome, a poetry reading, a family fun day, inviting someone to speak to your class, traveling to a state convention, purchasing a buzzer system for certamen events, an ice cream social, performing a ritual, or a simple Caristia banquet. 


For larger events that promote Classics, whether inside or outside school, apply for the Bridge Initiative Grant (BIG) for up to $500. Toga parties, plays, videos, reading groups, rallies, and Classics Days are just some examples of events you might consider. Be creative! 


Then there are the Keely Lake Travel Grants for School Groups, designed for 7-12 grade teachers who want to take their students on a trip to an excavation, exhibit or historic sites – domestic or international – that both enhances their learning experience and furthers their interest in Classical Studies. You can request up to $2000. 


Finally, you can peruse the list of awards that includes translation exams, travel grants and teaching awards for middle and high school teachers, teacher training and new teacher grants on our awards & scholarships page. 


Please reach out to me at if you have any questions about these opportunities. They do require CAMWS membership, which is reduced for first-year members to $30. You can find out more about the myriad benefits of membership here: Ready to join? Here’s the form:


Thank you for your efforts to keep Classics growing in schools across the state!




Lisa Ellison

Teaching Instructor of Classics

East Carolina University