Professional Development

The Consortium regularly offers sessions at K-12 and community college conferences statewide. To keep updated on conferences and workshops, join our K-12 or community college listserv by contacting Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at harver@email.unc.edu.

Upcoming Middle East programs

Click here for Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources!

Apply for the U.S.-MENA Teachers Collaborating Across Borders (TCAB) Program!

The TCAB program is a unique opportunity for teachers from the United States and teachers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to engage in international dialogue and virtual exchange. Throughout the program, teachers will discuss topics related to education and culture in their respective countries and to find ways to share this information in their classrooms. We are now seeking applicants for their first cohort, which will consist of 15 US K-12 teachers and 15 teachers from the MENA region.
The program is a joint effort of the Duke-University of North Carolina Consortium for Middle Eastern Studies and the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Title VI, US Department of Education-endorsed National Resource Centers on the Middle East
Application Deadline: April 30
For a lot more information and the application, visit https://cmes.arizona.edu/outreach/TCAB_program.

Webinar: “Understanding the Modern Middle East” with Akram Khater (NC State)

Tuesday, April 21 | 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
FREE of charge! For more information and to register (required), visit here.
Far too often, the Middle East appears as doubly alien: out of place and out of time. A century of popular culture caricatures, at least two centuries of Orientalist representations, and decades of American military interventions, have all fed into the notion of the Middle East as turmoil-laden, sectarian and tribal pre-modern world. In this webinar, we will go beyond these stereotypes to look at the historical forces that shaped the region across the 20th century, and to understand the complexities and familiarity of its peoples and societies. The webinar will feature Akram Khater, Professor of History, Khayrallah Distinguished Professor of Lebanese Diaspora Studies, North Carolina State University. This event is in partnership with the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Travel to Jordan this summer with the Consortium and GEEO!

July 10-17, 2020
We are thrilled to partner with GEEO again this summer on their trip to Jordan for educators. This 8-day trip will take place from July 10-17. We will explore Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea among other important historical cities and sites. GEEO offers cost-subsided travel programs for educators during the spring, winter, and summer. The trips are designed and discounted to be interesting and affordable for teachers – and you can earn PD and graduate credit. They are a lot of fun! The trips are open to all nationalities of K-12 and university educators, administrators, retired educators, as well as educators’ guests.
Visit https://geeo.org/tour/jordansummer2/ to sign up.


Other Opportunities

SERMEISS TRAVEL GRANT
The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is offering travel grants for NC educators to attend the annual fall meeting of SERMEISS (dates change slightly each year, but always in mid-October at the Valle Crucis Conference Center, Banner Elk, NC). If you are interested in applying, contact Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at harver@email.unc.edu by September 20 of the desired year. Please click here to download the Application form.

• Open to secondary education and community college instructors in North Carolina
• The deadline for applications is September 20 of the desired year
• Please submit your resume or CV along with the completed application
• The applicant must intend on teaching in the consecutive school year
• All awards are a fixed $200, intended as a stipend for travel costs and registration, etc.
• Grant funds are awarded as reimbursements to teachers

WORLD VIEW PROGRAMS
World View, a public service program at UNC, equips K-12 and community college educators with global knowledge, best practices, and resources to prepare students to live in an interconnected and diverse world. World View organizes professional development opportunities including seminars and symposiums, workshops, online courses, on-site sessions, and study visits abroad. During these programs, participants immerse themselves with global knowledge and skills in order to integrate global education in all areas of the curriculum. Visit here to learn more about upcoming professional development programs.

COMMUNITY COLLEGE CURRICULUM GRANTS
Through World View, the Consortium supports the development of community college courses and course modules with Middle East content.  Click here for more information and to apply.
Below, please find sample community college modules developed with Consortium grant support:

  • Art Appreciation (ART111) – 2017
    Chellie LaPointe, Durham Technical Community College
    MODULE
  • Philosophical Issues (PHI215) – 2018
    Gaylyn Eddy, Robeson Community College
    MODULE
  • Theatre History I (DRA211) – 2018
    David J. Glover, Forsyth Technical Community College
    MODULE