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

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

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)!)

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.

Apply to the 2021-22 Teachers Collaborating across Borders Program

The TCAB program is a unique opportunity for teachers from the United States and teachers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to engage in international dialogue and virtual exchange. In fall 2021, selected teachers will engage in synchronous and asynchronous sessions to discuss topics related to education and culture in their respective countries, as well as strategies to include this information in the classroom. In spring 2022, participating teachers will conduct a virtual exchange project in small groups between their students and report on their exchange experience at the end of the program. We are now seeking applicants for the second cohort, which will consist of 36 teachers.

For more information and application, visit:
Application deadline is April 30, 2021.
For more information, contact Emma Harver – or Julie Ellison-Speight –

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.

Celebrating the History and Cultural Contributions of Arab Americans: A Webinar for Educators
Tuesday, April 13 | 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.


Though often overlooked, Arab Americans are an important thread in the fabric of American society. From the first wave of immigrants who arrived in the late 19th century to the present day, Arab Americans have been making valuable contributions in the fields of medicine, business, education, technology, government, culture, and more. In honor of April as Arab American Heritage Month, this webinar will explore strategies to incorporate information on Arab Americans into the curriculum. Countering overgeneralized representations of this group, we will provide an overview of Arab American history, with an emphasis on cultural history.

This webinar will provide tools for culturally-responsive teaching by offering resources to integrate students’ diverse cultures, identities, and experiences in the classroom. We will explore materials from Turath, a path-breaking virtual exhibit that highlights the early cultural innovations and accomplishments of Arab American musicians, writers, poets, artists, performers and journalists.

This program will feature Dr. Akram Khater, Professor of History and Director of the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University.

+ Register in advance:
+ This webinar is a collaboration of the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies and the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies.
+ FREE and open to any interested educator.
+ A certificate documenting 1.5 professional learning hours will be provided to registered teachers to submit to the appropriate person at your school or in your district to receive credit. Please note: it is up to your school/district to approve credit.
+ Please contact Emma Harver, Director of Outreach for the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies at with questions.

Educator Travel to Jordan with the Consortium and GEEO!

**This trip has currently been postponed due to COVID-19. Check back for updated trip dates**
We are thrilled to partner with GEEO again on a trip to Jordan for educators. This 8-day 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 about the itinerary; travel dates to be determined soon.

Other Opportunities

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 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, 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.

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