Each year, the Center organizes several short teacher development workshops for K-12 educators. Arizona teachers participate in sessions led by UA CMES affiliated faculty and other professionals. Topics are interdisciplinary and in the past have focused on a variety of subjects including Islamic mathematics and science, Islamic Spain and the Americas, the legacy of Saddam Hussein, contemporary Iranian culture, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the importance of water and oil to the region.
2021-2022 Academic Year
"Afghan History, Culture, and the Young Refugee Experience" - a virtual webinar with experts speaking about Afghan history and culture, and an undergraduate student from the University of Arizona will talk about her experiences coming to the US as an Afghan refugee and starting school here. November 13, 2021, 11 am - 2 pm.
2020-2021 Academic Year
2019-2020 Academic Year
2018-2019 Academic Year
2017-2018 Academic Year
2016-2017 Academic Year
2015-2016 Academic Year
"Oman-Zanzibar Teacher's Workshops"
Click above to link to materials related to this Fulbright travel preparation series hosted by CMES.
"Western Consortium Middle East Language Workshop"
April 1, 2016 - April 3, 2016
3-day event hosted by CMES. The workshop program will include hands-on/interactive sessions, panels, and individual talks.
"Exploring Identities in the Middle East and Latin America"
January 22, 2016 - January 24, 2016
A three day teacher workshop for community college educators co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American Studies and CMES.
"Crossing Borders: Refugees from the Middle East and Latin America"
October 6 2015
CMES is working with the Center for Latin American Studies to present this workshop from 4:00 - 8:00 pm in Marshall 490. The workshop is only $12, with dinner included, and is worth 4PD credits for teachers. First come first serve; email email@example.com to register.
"Echoes and Reflections: Educators' Workshop on the Holocaust"
January 10, 2015
CMES is co-sponsoring a Holocaust-related workshop for secondary teachers. At the workshop, Dr. Lisa Adeli, CMES Outreach Coordinator, will give a talk on "Muslim Rescue and Resistance during the Holocaust."
"Innovative Technology in the Language Classroom"
December 13, 2014
Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL) organized - and CMES co-sponsored - a professional development workshop for language instructors on using technology more effectively in the language classroom.
"Workshop on the writings of Faisal Devji"
Led by Faisal Devji
September 22, 2014
Dr. Faisal Devji, Director of the Asian Studies Centre, St. Antony's College, University of Oxford, led this workshop on his writings.
"Current Crises in the Middle East"
September 20, 2014
Oshrat Bar-El of the Israel Center, Dr. Leila Hudson and Dr. Maha Nassar of MENAS, and discussion leader Dr. Lisa Adeli of CMES presented this conference helping teachers to understand the complex issues surrounding the Gaza conflict, the ongoing upheavals in Iraq and Syria, and Islamophobia.
"Teaching about the Middle East: A Workshop for Secondary Teachers"
May 30, 2014
Outreach Coordinator Dr. Lisa Adeli gave a full-day workshop for middle school/high school teachers in Moore, Oklahoma.
"Innovative Lessons on World War I: Balkans and the Middle East"
November 21, 2013
CMES organized a 3-hour pre-conference clinic at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, held this year in St. Louis. CMES Outreach Coordinator Dr. Lisa Adeli was joined by Lora Vogt of the National World War I Museum and Dr. James Tallon of Lewis University.
"Academic Decathlon Conference on World War I"
October 19, 2013
CMES organized a conference for high school Academic Decathlon competitors about World War I.
"Middle Eastern and Latin American Studies in the Elementary Classroom"
September 14, 2013
CMES Outreach Coordinator Lisa Adeli and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Outreach Director Tad Pfister led a workshop for elementary teachers on integrating Middle Eastern and Latin American content into their curricula.
"Disease in History: Examples from Latin America and the Middle East"
September 14, 2013
CMES Outreach Coordinator Lisa Adeli and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Outreach Director Tad Pfister led a workshop for secondary educators on the impact of disease on Middle Eastern and Latin American history.
Visit to southern Arizona for secondary science teachers from Oman
May 11, 2013
CMES organized a visit of 11 secondary science teachers from Oman. They visited schools and science outreach centers, met with Arizona science teachers, and learned about science fairs.
"World War I in the Balkans and the Middle East"
Speakers: Barbara Kosta, Lisa Adeli, James Tallon, Charles D. Smith, Mehmet Sumer, Cortney Dorroll, Ziad Abi Chakri
April 15, 2013
This workshop brought together community college faculty with their counterparts in high school and university education for a weekend of learning, discussing, and networking.
"Engaging Language and Culture through Innovative Technologies," 2013 Western Consortium Language Workshop
March 29, 2013
CMES hosted a 3-day Western Consortium Language Workshop on behalf of Middle East Centers at Portland State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California-Los Angeles, the University of Arizona, the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of Washington.
"Globalizing Your Classroom: Sharing Resources on Latin America and the Middle East"
January 26, 2013
CMES Outreach Coordinator Lisa Adeli and Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Assistant Director Colin Deeds led a workshop for K-12 educators on integrating Middle Eastern and Latin American content into their curricula.
"10 Years Later: Lessons from Iraq"
February 27, 2013
This full-day event, organized by the Southwest Initiative for the Study of Middle East Conflicts, examined modern U.S. foreign policy in Iraq - and the Middle East as a whole.
"Enriching Your AP World History Class with Middle Eastern Content"
February 25, 2012
CMES Outreach Coordinator Dr. Lisa Adeli and MENAS graduate student Mark Voss put on a 5-hour workshop for AP World History teachers from all nine high schools in the Glendale Union High School District.
"Education in the Middle East"
Speakers: Shyla Dogan, Lisa Adeli, Guy Gelbart, Abdel Rahman Ibrahim, and Zahra Karimi
August 31, 2012
This workshop for teachers discussed K-12 education in Turkey, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, and Iran.
AIMS Dissertation Workshop
Speaker: Aomar Boum
May 5, 2012
Dr. Aomar Boum, a professor of MENAS and Religious Studies, served as moderator and discussant for the American Institute for Maghrib Studies Dissertation Workshop at the University of California-Los Angeles.
"Crossing Borders: Refugees and Asylum Seekers from Latin America and the Middle East"
January 21, 2012
This 5-hour workshop helped educators to learn about the push-pull factors that drive refugees/asylum-seekers from the Middle East and Latin America and draw them to settle in the U.S.
Film Clips Workshop for College Language Instructors
November 5, 2011
In this full-day, hands-on workshop, participants worked with the Berkeley Language Center's Film Clip Library to search for, annotate, and order film clips.
"Religion and Politics in the Middle East: Case study - Syria"
April 2, 2011
The last in our three-part Teach Syria series, this workshop provided an overview of Syrian politics and religion with an optional 2-hour Arabic language session. Speakers included Nayel Badareen, Johann Chacko, and Christian Sinclair with Dina Jadallah providing instruction in Arabic. The workshop gave teachers 4-6 hours of professional development credit.
"Arab Culture and the Arts: Case Study - Syria"
March 26, 2011
The second in our three-part Teach Syria series, this workshop provided an overview of Arab music, architecture, and cinema with an optional 2-hour Arabic language session. Speakers included Dr. Leila Hudson, Dr. Amy Newhall, and Paul Amiel with Arabic instructor Muhammad Al-Khudair teaching Syrian Arabic. The workshop gave teachers 4-6 hours of professional development credit.
"Teaching about Genders and Sexualities in the Middle East"
March 4, 2011
Dr. Afsaneh Najmabadeh, Harvard University Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, gave an informal workshop for K-12 and college instructors interested in teaching about genders and sexualities in the Middle East.
"Layers of Civilization in the Middle East: Case Study - Syria"
February 26, 2011
The first in our three-part Teach Syria series, this workshop provided an introduction to Syrian history and culture with an optional 1-hour Arabic language session. Speakers included Dr. Leila Hudson and graduate students Mark Voss, and Dina Jadallah. The workshop gave teachers 5-6 hours of professional development credit.
"Middle East-Themed Youth Literature"
January 20, 2011
This meeting of school librarians and UA specialists (CMES Outreach Coordinator/ MEOC Book Awards Chair Lisa Adeli, COE Professor/ World of Words founder Kathy Short) brought about a sharing of information on youth literature about the Middle East.
"Continuity and Change in Iran"
November 20, 2010
Lisa Adeli, CMES Outreach Coordinator, organized this 6-hour workshop on behalf of the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) during the Middle East Studies Association conference, held this year in San Diego. California teachers - and MEOC members - learned about Iran. Among the presenters were UA professors Dr. Anne Betteridge and Dr. Farzin Vejdani and UA graduate student Ana Ghoreishian.
"Teach the Ottoman Empire: Innovative Lessons for 21st Century Skills"
November 11, 2010
CMES organized a 6-hour pre-conference clinic at the National Council for the Social Studies annual conference, held this year in Denver. Teachers from the Teach Ottoman Empire trip (2009) joined together to put on this workshop.
August 28, 2010
This 3-hour workshop helped high school students learn to write more effective university admissions and scholarship applications. It also introduced them to opportunities to apply to Middle East-related programs.
August 28, 2010
This 3-hour workshop helped educators learn to write more effective grant applications and applications for competitive teachers' programs. It also introduced them to opportunities to apply to Middle East-related programs.