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 Director of Outreach, Emma Harver at

Upcoming Middle East programs

Click here for Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources!

2020 K-12 Virtual Summer Seminar: Diversities of the Middle East | August 3-7, 2020

Full schedule & register here.

While often portrayed by overgeneralized representations in the media, the Middle East is a region full of diversity. This virtual, five-day summer seminar for K-12 teachers will counter monolithic narratives about the Middle East by highlighting the plurality of the region. Through both synchronous and asynchronous sessions, the seminar will address the religious, geographic, ethnolinguistic, economic, and cultural diversity found across the Middle East and North Africa. Taking place August 3-7, 2020, this seminar will provide interdisciplinary content, teaching strategies, and classroom materials to re-energize teachers before returning to the classroom in the fall. The topics presented are teacher-requested, appropriate across grade levels, and will introduce the vast richness of the region.

The schedule will feature morning and afternoon sessions. All morning sessions will be synchronous and take place from 10:00 – 11:30 am (EDT) on Zoom. Afternoon sessions will feature both synchronous (S) and asynchronous (A) options.

This seminar is FREE and open to any in-service or pre-service teacher, administrator, school support staff. Registering educators are required to attend a combination of at least FIVE synchronous/asynchronous sessions OF YOUR CHOICE to encourage intensive learning. The schedule allows individual teachers to choose content that interests them most and accommodate individual schedules. Space is limited: please register by August 1, 2020. Full schedule & register here. A certificate documenting completed professional learning hours will be provided to registered teachers.


Travel to Jordan next summer with the Consortium and GEEO!

March 28 – April 4, 2021
We are thrilled to partner with GEEO again this summer on a trip to Jordan for educators. This 8-day trip will tentatively take place from March 28 – April 4 (this trip is being rescheduled from 2020, due to the coronavirus). 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.
More information on how to sign up coming soon.

Other Opportunities

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 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, 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 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
  • Philosophical Issues (PHI215) – 2018
    Gaylyn Eddy, Robeson Community College
  • Theatre History I (DRA211) – 2018
    David J. Glover, Forsyth Technical Community College