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+ - Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) educational outreach program organizes weekday workshops and Saturday seminars, a week-long summer workshop titled “Approaches to Teaching the Middle East,” and other special programs throughout the academic year for K-12 teachers from Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Information packets include such resources as background materials and articles, bibliographies, timelines, maps, and suggestions for teaching.

+ - Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of Arizona

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) has a multifaceted program of K-12 outreach activities, including lectures and travel opportunities. The cornerstone of the program is an annual accredited three-day workshop for Arizona teachers. CMES affiliated faculty and others lead these sessions and resources and materials for classroom use are made available. Study tours in the Middle East are also arranged for pre-collegiate educators.

+ - Center for Near East Studies, University of California, Los Angeles

The Center for Near East Studies (CNES) offers an annual seminar for K-12 teachers, led by UCLA faculty. The center collaborates with the state-sponsored California International Studies Project (CISP) and, specifically, works closely with Hamilton High School which is a global studies magnet school in the Los Angeles Unified School district. The center develops curriculum materials for use in middle school classrooms. The center has taken a leading role in developing Outreach World, a portal to resources for teaching international and area studies in K-12 schools. (See the section on International and Global Education for a description of Outreach World).

+ - The Hagop Kevorkian Center, New York University

The Hagop Kevorkian Center offers outreach programs for educators include Saturday Seminars for Teachers that involve collaboration with cultural organizations in the New York area such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and National Video Resources.  The Virtual Classroom Project creates curriculum materials that are available to teachers free of charge. It includes essays by experts, primary documents, illustrated time lines, slide shows, and lesson plans. There also is a video collection.

+ - Other Title VI Middle East Resource Centers

Descriptions of outreach activities of all other Title VI Middle East Studies Centers can be found at the Middle East Medievalists site.


AMIDEAST is a valuable resource for American teachers and librarians in grades K-12 who seek quality educational materials about the region for use with their students. Each year scores of books and multimedia materials are reviewed with input from area experts and teachers. Those that are most accurate and objective, relevant to the social studies curriculum, and appropriate for various grade levels are selected for distribution. The web site lists available free resources, also.

+ - Institute for Curriculum Services

The Institute for Curriculum Services provides free educational materials connected to Jews, Judaism, and Israel geared towards different grade levels and subject areas. Curriculum materials include teacher’s guides, lesson plans, fact sheets, and student handouts organized by topic. There are also collections of primary source documents and maps available as free downloadable PDFs.

+ - Middle East and Islamic World Films

The University of North Carolina’s comprehensive and diverse collection of films and videotapes of the Middle East and Islamic World is available for borrowing by classroom teachers from across the country. Check out the catalog on the web site.

+ - Middle East Policy Council

The Middle East Policy Council sponsors “Teaching about the Arab World and Islam” teacher workshops and provides the Arab World Studies Notebook for social studies teachers of grades 7-12  who attend. The council also makes available country specific information, and on its web site identifies other sites to which teachers can turn for information and teaching materials about the region.

+ - The Islamic Studies Program, University of Indiana, Bloomington

Much of the Assoc. Director/Outreach Coordinator’s time is spent giving lectures and presentations to elementary and secondary schools, as well as other community organizations. The program also hosts various workshops on Islam for teachers. In addition, the Islamic Studies Program hosts an Arts of the Middle East Program each spring, a weekly Arabic Coffee Hour and an Arabic Movie Night during fall and spring semesters.

+ - Cornucopia Magazine

The Cornucopia Magazine contains articles and outstanding photography, book reviews and features about Turkey. It is published three times a year, with a break on the cost for a two-year subscription. Cornucopia also offers a large collection of books about Turkey. The website, itself, is very interesting.

+ - Friends of Morocco

The Friends of Morocco is an important site because it does a very comprehensive job of identifying and describing teaching resources provided by MANY organizations focused upon teaching about Islam and the Arab World.  This is an outgrowth of a National Peace Corps Association initiative.

+ - PBS - Global Connections

Global Connections: Putting World Events in Context, produced by WGBH, is designed to provide information needed to understand events in the Middle East. The site includes original materials created in conjunction with the Title VI Middle East Centers at UCLA and Harvard University, as well as resources available from public broadcasting. The site can be navigated by country, theme, date, a sense of “big picture” questions, or by lesson plan.
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