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.
2020 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows: This is a funded, eight-month intensive fellowship for teachers to explore Middle Eastern and African history, cultures, and diaspora through structured experiential learning experiences across North Carolina. Running March to December 2020, this program aims to enhance teacher expertise in Middle Eastern and African studies in part by making relevant connections to local communities.
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 highlighted Middle Eastern and African history, culture, identity, and politics through structured site-visits across North Carolina.