We are embarking upon the 2021 school year. It marks a year different than any other we have ever experienced and as with any major change, the transition to online learning will be a learning experience for all of us. Despite challenges and bumps in the road, we are excited for all of the growth and celebrations this school year will bring.

In Durham Public Schools’ we see this as an opportunity to share knowledge, empower and promote awareness through remote learning district wide. We would like to announce that we have created a plan to do just that this year. During each month, there will be focus on a character trait as well as other designated celebrations. NEW FOR NOVEMBER...special thanks goes out to DPS media coordinators for preparing virtual Bitmoji libraries filled with links to electronic literature for all grades (K-12) related to our monthly celebrations.

Whenever you post anything related to DPS Celebrations on social media, please use the hashtag #DPSCelebrates! so that we can celebrate together!

Character Trait of the Month

Character Trait of the Month: Good Judgement

K-12 Resources:

Elementary Resources:

Secondary Resources:

Monthly Celebrations

Veterans Day

November 11th


  • National Family Literacy Day (1)

  • Geography Awareness Week (3rd Week of November)

K-12 Resources:

  • International Education Week (November 16-20)

K-12 Resources:

Resources from NCDPI:

Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World.

This website provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Virtual field trips by subject area.

Learn languages for free.

Create virtual tours for students.

From the British Museum.

Browse 1,000s of Lesson Plans, Classes, Digital Artifacts, Historical Events, and other tools from the Newseum.

Courses that provide support and celebrate educators who want to integrate global goals into their curricula.

the comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content. It provides librarians, information specialists, scholars, students, influencers and the general public with a single digital destination for seamlessly accessing publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs.

Information and resources on Model UN workshops, Voices of Youth, and more!

Cultural Celebrations to be Aware of

  • Día De Los Muertos (October 31-November 2)

  • Mawlid Al-Nabi/Eid Milad un-Nabi (October 29 or November 3)

  • All Saints’ Day (1)

  • All Souls’ Day (2)

  • Diwali (14)

  • American Thanksgiving (26)

  • Advent (November 29-December 24)