Study Tours

The Consortium is pleased to offer local study tours for North Carolina teachers. The tours are designed as meaningful immersion experiences for teachers to deepen their understanding of Middle Eastern cultures. Visit our Past Tour pages (2015, 2016) to learn more.

2017 tour planning will take place in the Raleigh-Durham area, stay tuned for more details.

Thank you to all of the teachers who participated in our pilot study tour on August 11, 2015! This tour was featured in the UNC University Gazette. Read about it here.

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Top: Morning Session at Duke University, Bottom: Turkish Snacks and Session at the Institute for Islamic and Turkish Studies (credit: Brandon Bieltz, UNC-CH)

Here’s what teachers had to say about their experience:

“Now having been in a Mosque, learning the facts from the readings, and attending the Study Tour, I can feel more sure of myself when teaching this part of the curriculum” -6th Grade ELA & Social Studies Teacher, Eastern Wayne Middle School

“I feel that I have a better understanding as a whole of the religion, a deeper respect for the individuals, and a desire to be more loving, accepting, accommodating, and protecting of future students.” –6 & 8th Grade Math & Science Teacher, Eastern Wayne Middle School

“This was one of the most thoroughly interesting and valuable programs I’ve attended.” -11th Grade English Teacher, Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

“Talking to real people who practice the faith on a daily basis helped put Islam in perspective. I feel like I have a tiny more intimate look inside, which will help me dispel the myths my students have.” –9th Grade World History Teacher, South Caldwell High School

“This program should be mandatory for every school employee.” -School Social Worker, Doris Henderson Newcomers School, Guilford County Schools