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 harver@email.unc.edu.

Upcoming Middle East programs

Click here for Past Educator Workshops, Presentations & Resources!

How to Teach about the Middle East – and Get it Right! Spring Webinar Series
January – May, 2021 | Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 pm Eastern Time

This series offers five sessions between January and May 2021, featuring resources and strategies for teaching about the Middle East relevant to both in-person and virtual teaching for Grades 6-12 and community colleges. For more information about each webinar and to register, visit go.unc.edu/teachMENA.

All events occur on Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Free | Earn Professional Development Hours (Michigan Teachers: Earn State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs)!)

January 28: Islam Through Art, Dr. Christiane Gruber
February 25: Teaching Middle East History in World History, Dr. Allen Fromherz
March 18: Experiential Learning about the Middle East through the Senses, Barbara Petzen
April 22: Teaching about the Middle East through Underreported Stories, Fareed Mostoufi
May 20: Hip Hop and Women’s Voices in the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Angela Williams

This program is a collaboration between the National Resource Centers dedicated to Middle East Studies at Duke University-The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of Michigan.

Online Course: Understanding the Modern Middle East
Course Dates: March 8–April 30, 2021   

Professional Development Hours: 35
Course Registration Fee: $125.00
Far too often, the Middle East appears as doubly alien: out of place and out of time. A century of popular culture caricatures, at least two centuries of Orientalist representations, and decades of American military interventions, have all fed into the notion of the Middle East as a turmoil-laden, sectarian, and tribal premodern region. In this course, we will go beyond these stereotypes to look at the historical forces that shaped the region across the twentieth century to understand the complexities of its peoples and societies.

Offered by the National Humanities Center, this course has been designed with the generous support of the Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, Duke–UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies.

Global Read Webinar Series Webinar: Salma the Syrian Chef by Danny Ramadan
Thursday, March 11 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Join the Middle East Outreach Council on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00 – 8:00 pm Eastern Time for a webinar with award-winning author, Danny Ramadan.

This program will feature 2020 Picture Book Award Winner: SALMA THE SYRIAN CHEF by Danny Ramadan, illustrated by Anna Bron (Annick Press, 2020). Salma and her mother have recently arrived in Vancouver and all Salma wants to do is make her mama smile again.  Between English classes, job interviews, and missing Papa back in Syria, Mama always seems busy or sad.  A homemade Syrian meal might cheer her up!  The staff and other newcomers at the Welcome Center are happy to help out. Syrian culture is beautifully represented through the meal Salma prepares and the diverse cast of characters speaks to the power of cultivating community in challenging circumstances. In this webinar, Danny Ramadan will first speak about his book, followed by a conversation on Syrian food and culture. Accessible for readers ages 4-7/ Pre-K-2nd grade.

The Global Read annual series features a conversation with the author and moderator of the latest award winning titles recognized by the Américas Award, the Children’s Africana Book Award, the Freeman East & Southeast Asia Book Awards, the Middle East Book Award, and the South Asia Book Award. Registration is open: https://internationalizingsocialstudies.blog/.

The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies is a member of the Middle East Outreach Council.

Travel to Jordan next summer with the Consortium and GEEO!

July 11-18, 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 July 11-18 (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 and register here.


Other Opportunities

SERMEISS TRAVEL GRANT
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 harver@email.unc.edu 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 PROGRAMS
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.

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