Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows

Migration & Diaspora | Cultural Landscape & Community | Shared Histories & Cultural Retention

This intensive year-long professional development opportunity explored Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across North Carolina, including visits to a refugee resettlement agency in Greensboro, a Middle Eastern restaurant in Charlotte, and a performance in Durham by Alsarah & The Nubatones, among others. This program aimed to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy.

Participants attended a two-day orientation workshop in February 2018 at UNC-Chapel Hill to introduce the major themes of the fellowship. They then attended six site visits across North Carolina to explore Middle Eastern and African heritage. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the program.

In the news: K-12 Teachers Complete Year-Long Fellowship on the Middle East and Africa | Video about the Program

The lessons below were created by the MEAC fellows for teaching about the Middle East and Africa. Click the link to download lessons and accompanying materials:

The 2018 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows:
Tomika Altman-Lewis, Seawell Elementary School, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Savannah Blystone, Gates County High School, Gates County Schools
Jeff Crisp, Hibriten High School, Caldwell County Schools
Zachary Dearman, Currituck County High School, Currituck County Schools
Suzanne Finch, Hopewell Elementary School, Randolph County Schools
Marsha Harvey, Henderson Middle School, Vance County Schools
Guy Hill, Triton High School, Harnett County Schools
Eboné M. Lockett, CATO Middle College High School, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Erica Luetzow, Club Boulevard Humanities Elementary School, Durham Public Schools
Akwete McAlister, Career Center High School, Winston Salem-Forsyth County Schools
Thomas Phu, Durham Academy
Wendi Pillars, Jordan-Matthews High School, Chatham County Schools
Lauren Schaefer, Parkland IB Magnet School, Winston Salem-Forsyth County Schools

The Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows Program is a collaboration between the UNC African Studies Center, Carolina K-12 and the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. This program is funded by the UNC College of Arts & Sciences, Carolina K-12’s Warren A. Nord Endowment for Teachers, and Title VI funding from the U.S. Department of Education.