The Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies invite currently practicing K-12 teachers and curriculum coordinators across North Carolina to participate in the 2018 Middle East and African Cultures Teacher Fellows program. This intensive year-long professional development opportunity will explore Middle Eastern and African heritage through structured site-visits across the state, from visiting a refugee resettlement agency in Greensboro, to dining at a Middle Eastern restaurant in Charlotte, to attending a performance in Durham by Alsarah & The Nubatones, this program aims to enhance expertise in Middle Eastern and African cultures and communities, explore the growing diversity of North Carolina, and develop culturally competent pedagogy.
Fellows will first attend a two-day orientation workshop January 19-20, 2018 at UNC-Chapel Hill to introduce program themes, and then attend a minimum of 5 site-visits throughout the year (held across North Carolina) while engaging with readings, scholarship, discussion, and pedagogy. Program content will be organized around three strands: Migration & Diaspora, Cultural Landscape & Community, and Shared Histories & Cultural Retention. At the culmination of the program, teachers will develop curricular resources related to program content and present their work at a culminating workshop in December 2018.
Fellows will receive:
- Intensive and ongoing professional development throughout the year-long program
- Access to scholars and community experts specializing in Middle East and African cultures, culturally competent pedagogy, and related topics
- Free meals at each session, and at the orientation and culminating workshop
- Travel reimbursement (depending upon your distance from the site visits)
- Substitute reimbursement (if you must miss part of the school day in order to arrive at a site visit in time for programming and your school can not cover the cost of a substitute, Fellows may request a substitute scholarship)
- Up to 5.0 CEUs (upon completion of all program requirements)
- A $300 stipend (upon completion of all program requirements)
For more information, visit their website, http://ncmideast.org/meac-teacher-fellows/