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: The 2020 MEAC program was held virtually, connecting teachers with presenters and communities across North Carolina. The fellowship aims to increase teachers’ knowledge of Middle Eastern and African history, culture and diaspora by introducing educators to places and communities across North Carolina that have connections to these regions. Participating fellows represented elementary, middle and high schools from 12 counties across the state.
2018 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows: 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.
2016-2017 Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows: 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.”