The Consortium is pleased to offer intensive, professional development opportunities for teachers to expand their expertise in Middle East studies.
Longer term professional development programs help increase teacher preparedness to infuse new material into the curriculum. By working intensively with one group of teachers, the center aims to help develop teacher leaders with Middle East expertise throughout the state.
Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows (2016-2017): This program featured a year-long exploration of Muslim cultures through music, dance, and dramatic performances in conjunction with the 2016-17 Carolina Performing Arts season “Sacred/Secular – A Sufi Journey.”
Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows (2018): Offered in collaboration with the African Studies Center and Carolina K-12, this intensive year-long professional development opportunity aimed to enhance teachers’ area studies expertise in Middle Eastern and African studies by highlighting Middle Eastern and African culture, history, and communities with structured site-visits across North Carolina.