Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows

CPA_16-17_Sufi_Tag_200pxThis intensive professional development opportunity featured a year-long exploration of global Muslim cultures through music, dance, and dramatic performances during the 2016-17 Carolina Performing Arts season, integrated with readings, scholarship, discussion, and pedagogy. This project aimed to deepen teachers’ understanding of global Islam through a cultural arts perspective while dispelling misconceptions and encouraging culturally responsible teaching in the K-12 classroom.

Fellows first attended an orientation workshop August 4-5, 2016 at UNC-Chapel Hill featuring sessions led by Teaching Tolerance. They then attended up to 6 performances throughout the 2016-2017 Carolina Performing Arts season while engaging with readings, scholars and artists.

The lessons below were created by the GIAT fellows. Click the link to download lessons and accompanying materials:


The Global Islam and the Arts Teacher Fellows:

Janae Copeland | Stateside Elementary School, Onslow County Schools
Jennifer Earnest | Fuquay-Varina High School, Wake County Public Schools
William Giblin | Grey Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Jessie Grinnell | Grey Culbreth Middle School, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Jennie Harris | Red Oak Middle School, Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools
Marie Hopkins | Club Boulevard Elementary, Durham Public Schools
Carla Ingram | South Caldwell High School, Caldwell County Schools
Holly Loranger | Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
Mia Malesovas | Lucy Ragsdale High School, Guilford County Public Schools
Elizabeth McKinley | West Brunswick High School, Brunswick County Schools
Kathleen Peck | West Brunswick High School, Brunswick County Schools
Valerie Person | Currituck County High School, Currituck County Schools
Anita Rubino | Currituck County High School, Currituck County Schools
Tinisha Shaw | Early Middle College at Bennett, Guilford County Public Schools
Christine Zaccardi | Fox Road Elementary, Wake County Public Schools

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Check out the Storify from the Fellows’ orientation workshop, August 4-5, 2016 by clicking here!

The Global Islam & the Arts Teacher Fellows Program is a collaboration between the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies, Carolina K-12, UNC African Studies Center, Carolina Performing Arts, Carolina Asia Center and funded by the Warren A. Nord Endowment for Teachers, the Chancellor’s Global Education Fund (UNC Global and the College of Arts & Sciences), the Carolina Asia Center, and the UNC Department of Religious Studies, with additional support from a Title VI Grant from the Department of Education.