Professional Development

PDwordleThe 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

Click here for Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources!


The Middle East and Islam: New perspectives of Islamic History from the 16th century to the present | June 25-29, Duke University
Join the Duke Islamic Studies Center for a five-day workshop this summer designed to introduce teachers to key themes in contemporary Islamic Studies. We will explore overviews of the Safavid and Ottoman empires and their modern counterparts in Iran and Turkey, as well as the impact of Islam in America today.  Teachers will engage with scholarly texts, learn about classroom resources, and participate in experiential learning activities such as visiting a mosque. Throughout the summer institute, teachers will think about how to bring these themes into their classrooms and will work in groups or individually to develop curriculum or materials for classroom use. All expenses will be covered for selected participants including travel, accommodations, meals, and books required for the program.

Eligibility and How to Apply: This program is open to all currently practicing educators teaching grades 6-12 who will be teaching in the next consecutive school year. Please complete the application in full, and email to Please click here for more information and to download the application form:
Application Deadline: Friday, May 26, 2017 at 5:00pm EST
Notification Date:  June 2, 2017

Please contact Emma Harver at or 919-962-6732 with any questions about the program or application process.


*Please note that this program is currently FULL. We are now accepting names for a waiting list.
Connecting the Middle East to the Southeast: A local study tour for educators on Middle Eastern food
August 15, 2017,  9am-5pm | Duke University, North Carolina
This one-day professional development program will offer a meaningful experience for teachers to deepen their understanding of Middle Eastern cultures and foodways. By creating an immersive “study tour” environment, the program will provide a global experience for teachers without leaving NC. The day will begin with a lecture by a scholar of Middle East studies. Then, we will travel to a variety of food establishments in the Triangle area.

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 by September 15 of the desired year. Please click here to dowload the application.

• Open to secondary education and community college instructors in North Carolina
• The deadline for applications is September 15 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, 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.

Through World View, the Consortium supports the development of community college courses and course units with Middle East content. Below are examples of courses developed with Consortium grant support.