K-12 Teachers' Opportunities

Arizona Events

● Tucson teachers: How would you like a speaker for your classroom, school group, or event? I can send you a speaker for FREE on a Middle East-related topic. I have Outreach Scholars, UA students who can speak about life in their country of origin, or students in Middle Eastern and North African Studies who can speak about a topic they study. If interested, just email me: adeli@email.arizona.edu. Be sure to tell me exactly what you want and when you want it! 

 ● Elementary teachers: I hope that you have already heard of the Worlds of Words story journeys for teachers, children, and parents. On Saturday, February 17, from 10:00 am-noon, you can “travel” to East Africa. You will get to look at (and hear) children’s literature, play traditional East African games, engage in art activities, etc. And teachers get a PD certificate too. The event is FREE and takes place at the Worlds of Words Center at the University of Arizona College of Education (1430 E. 2nd St.), Room 453. There is free surface parking around campus on Saturdays (though if you park in the nearby Second Street Garage, you have to pay). Try to attend – for a good time and a professional learning experience!!   

 ● Tucson teachers: Do you want a community partner in working on a project? Someone to host a field trip? A speaker for your class? Check out the CommunityShare website/database of free opportunities. Connect with someone or create your own project. Click here.

 ● The Arizona Council for History Education will be holding its annual conference on August 25, 2018 in Tempe. That may sound like a long way away, but you need to apply to present by Mar. 16. (You would give a 50-minute presentation on some classroom lesson or teacher-related experience that you want to share. For a lot more information on how to apply, click here.

Competitions, PD, and Summer Travel Opportunities for Educators

 ● The Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC), the Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs, and other area studies book awards program are holding a FREE spring 2018 Global Read Webinar Series “Reading Across Cultures: Diverse Social Justice Books for the 6-12 Grade Classroom.” Once a month, the World Area Book Awards will sponsor a 60 minute webinar on a book recognized by one of the awards and facilitate a discussion with the author on how to incorporate the book into the classroom. We encourage you to read the books with your colleagues, students, and community, and then join us to hear more from the author. You may participate in one or all of the webinar sessions, BUT if you participate in all, you receive a certificate of completion. Be sure to join the conversation with our webinar hashtag #2018ReadingAcrossCultures. All sessions are free and open to the public. All times listed refer to Central Standard Time (CST).Click here to register.

 ● Secondary teachers: Holocaust education programs

           ● Secondary teachers: The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC has some amazing teacher fellowships. Whether or not you have any experience in teaching about the Holocaust, you can attend a session of the Belfer national conference. There are some scholarships available here. If you teach middle school or high school English Language Arts or something Humanities-related, the session is from July 23-25. If you teach middle school or high school Social Studies, the session is from July 26-28. Applications are due May 12, 2018. For a lot more information and the applications for each session, click here.    

           ● Deadline approaching: If you are a middle or high school teacher, preferably in English or Social Studies, who has taught about the Holocaust for at least 5 years, you MUST apply for the life-changing Museum Teacher Fellow program at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. It kicks off with a 5-day, all-expenses-paid institute from July 9-13. It’s a great program (I am an MTF myself)! If you want a lot more information and an application, click here. The deadline to apply is Friday February 16, but it’s a rather long application (though, as I said, it’s well worth the effort).   

          ● Another FUNDED Holocaust summer program for EXPERIENCED secondary/post-secondary educators is the Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Education and Human Rights summer seminar It is a 12-day program from June 16-28 held in New York City. Selected educators receive a fellowship of $350, free housing at Columbia University, round-trip airfare, local transportation, and most meals. Click here for more information and an application. Applications are due Thursday, Feburary 15th, 2018

●  “Echoes and Reflections” has some free webinars for teachers – several times a week – on different topics related to the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, and genocide. For more information on the webinars and how to register for them, click here.

● There are a whole bunch of teachers’ summer workshops and seminars by the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia. They are held  in different places and different dates, and most are well funded. To see a list with links to the various programs, click here.

One of particular interest for middle/high school teachers: The Program for Teaching East Asia (TEA) and the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) is offering a great summer program “Uneasy Neighbors: Legacies and Challenges in 21st—Century East Asia” in Boulder, Colorado, from July 8-14. The 6-day program is heavily cost-subsidized. They pay for dormitory lodging, a meal package, and materials, plus up to $350 stipend for travel expenses. You pay the rest of the travel costs, a $100 registration fee, and some additional money IF you want a private room. 22 teachers will be accepted, and preference is given to teachers who can incorporate their learning into their curriculum in the upcoming school year. For more information and the application, click hereApplication deadline: Mar. 19. Applicants notified by Apr. 11.

 ●  An interesting PARTLY FUNDED summer program in the San Francisco Bay Area is “Changing Lives in Modern China” for middle and high school teachers. The 2-day seminar is on Friday and Saturday, July 27-28. There is a stipend for teachers: $400 for out-of-state, $300 for non-local California teachers, and $200 for Bay Area teachers. For more information and an application, click here.

 ●Tulane University’s Latin American Resource Center, in conjunction with several other centers, is offering a K-12 teachers’ institute in Brazil from July 7-17. The institute, “Teaching Brazil: Expanding Perspectives on Colonial History,” includes a pre-travel orientation and then 2 weeks in Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and Sao Paulo. You can pay to participate OR apply for a curriculum writer’s scholarship. For more information, click hereThe registration deadline is Mar. 15.

● The National Endowment for the Humanities has a lot of FUNDED teachers’ summer seminars and institutes (for summer 2018) on a wide variety of topics and locations. Pre-service teachers are also encouraged to apply – they usually save some spots for them in each group! One that looks particularly interesting to me is “A Reverence for Words: Understanding Muslim Cultures through the Arts” – but there are a lot more too. To learn more, click here. The deadline to apply is Mar. 1.

 ● English and Math educators: Would you like a summer job (a PAID job) teaching at an International Baccalaureate school in Ramallah, West Bank (Palestinian Territories)? Are you interested in social justice and culturally responsive teaching? If you have answered yes to these questions, you might want to teach summer programs at the Ramallah Friends School in their summer English (K-11) and Math (9-11) programs.  (I don't think they care about a formal K-12 certification, so college educators could probably apply too - if you don't mind teaching college-bound high school kids. Contact ikic.rfs@gmail.com to find out.) First, let me tell you that I've visited this school, and it's a fantastic place with a lovely facility and great kids, who speak English. And Ramallah is just a short (for us Americans, at least) drive from Jerusalem. Anyway, they are hiring for their summer school program, July 1 - August 4. They will pay you a $1500 stipend plus housing plus airfare up to $1500. If you are interested, click here. Deadline to apply: Thursday, Feb. 15.

● If you were interested in attending a program in Bosnia-Herzegovina during the summer but were disappointed to hear how disorganized the Srebrenica program was last year, well, you're in luck. There is a much more promising program in the lovely, fascinating city of Sarajevo called "Learning from the Past: Bosnia-Herzegovina 1995-2017: Lessons Not Learned?" The program will feature lectures, visits to different government agencies and NGOs, etc. It is a for-pay program, but not too pricey. The program is NOT specifically for teachers, but you get a certificate of completion of the program - which your schools might accept for PD credit. AND you get to spend 2 weeks in the incomparable city of Sarajevo! If you have any questions about traveling to Bosnia, be sure to ask me (adeli@email.arizona.edu) as I go there very often (sometimes twice a year!!). But for information about the program itself, click here.

● Dar al Islam is holding its 29th teachers’ institute on “Understanding Islam and Muslims.” The program is to help teachers understand Islam so that they can teach about it more effectively. The program is FREE to accepted teachers – you only have to pay for your transportation to Albuquerque, from where you will be transported to the picturesque town of Abiquiu for the program. The dates are from July 18-21. Click here to apply. Deadline is April 15th. (And if you are wondering how to fund the flight to Albuquerque, email the Qatar Foundation to see if their funding in #20a below can be used for this program.)

● The Korean War Legacy Foundation has a FREE summer teachers’ institute “Bridging Past and Present” on the Korean War. The program is open to any teacher who can incorporate lessons about the Korean War in their classroom. The costs of travel, lodging, and meals are covered if you initiate a legacy certification by undertaking a project (interviewing a Korean War vet, transcribing an interview from the archive, or giving a presentation). You have to pay a $55 registration fee, but that is it. The institute will take place from June 24-27 in Charleston, SC. For more information, click here.

● The USS Midway Museum, on board the ship in San Diego, has some FREE programs for Social Studies teachers. Here’s what’s planned for this coming summer:

          - “World War II in the Pacific: Clash of Nations and Perspectives” is a 1-week program from June 24-29.

           - “The Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam” is a 2-week program from July 1-13.

Both programs provide support for transportation and housing – and it seems there’s an honorarium also. Click here to learn more about both programs and for links to applications for each one. Both applications are due on March 4th 2018.

● GEEO  (Global Exploration for Educators Organization) offers cost-subsidized Winter Break, Spring Break, and Summer teacher travel programs to destinations that you might not go to on your own. I’ve done several of their programs and enjoyed them immensely. The bad thing is that they are not free, but the good thing is that you can be a full or part-time educator, AND a non-teaching adult other can sign up to go with you. (My husband has accompanied me on GEEO programs to Peru and Morocco. He had fun too.) Some of their programs are on sale now, so check it out here. If you have spring break from March 10-17, check out their Morocco trip – in conjunction with UT Austin!! And check out their “multi-stan” trips to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan. I’ve heard Uzbekistan described as “the greatest place in the world you never knew you wanted to visit”!!

● Some funding opportunities for teachers:  

 K-12  Social Studies, Humanities, or Fine Arts teachers: Qatar Foundation International is providing $2000 grants for teachers to participate in programs related to the Arab World. This includes attendance at workshops, conferences, summer institutes, seminars, or educational courses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To learn more, click here.  

Fund for Teachers: The new grant cycle just opened!!These grants can assist teachers in going abroad or to another city to participate in professional growth programs. And they don’t fund 1 or 2 people but thousands of teachers! Check it out here.

K-12 teachers: CMES has so many great, FREE online materials for teachers! And our lesson plan page has a SEARCH ENGINE, so that you can search by grade, subject, and content area - simultaneously. (No more having to look at a list, going back a page, and scrolling down!!) We’re still working out a few kinks – posting lessons that were missing from the original file, making sure the lessons are searchable by ALL categories, etc. So there may be a few things missing. But check it out anyway in all its awesomeness. There is everything from an awesome 2nd-5th grade lesson on "Water in the Desert" (though that file is too big to fit totally online, so if you want it, email me your address and I'll send you a CD) to middle and high school lessons in English, History, Geography, Current Events, etc.... Click here to learn more.


 - There are plenty of handouts and background sheets and powerpoints on the CMES website. For example, there are some powerpoints on the Jewish High Holy Days, info on the Persian New Year, teachable ideas about the Ottoman Empire, and lots, lots more. Click here to learn more.
- Check out the other resources such as suggested book lists for K-12 classrooms (by grade level), film guides (for films available at our Center or through Netflix), links to websites to counter Islamophobia, and AP World History resources. 
- We have a YouTube channel
Like our Facebook page (for K-12 and community college educators - including pre-service teachers)

● For those of you who moonlight teaching a community college class: Here is a new website specifically for community college educators who want to internationalize their curriculum!!! A number of Title VI National Resource Centers on a variety of world areas are coming together to put information on it. (We will have more and more materials as time goes on.) You can find background information for yourself or to hand out to students, curricular materials, PD opportunities, movie/book suggestions, links to great resources, and more. Best of all, it’s searchable by subject, world area, etc. Be sure to check it out! Click here to access the website.   

●  Great opportunity! Qatar Foundation International (QFI) along with the Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) is offering a program that will provide FREE classroom sets of books - up to 3 books - for award-winning K-12 books about the Middle East that teachers will really use in their classrooms. For well over a decade, MEOC has been giving awards to recently-published children's/youth books about the Middle East. Now QFI is providing grants to teachers who choose books off the MEOC list, use them in their classrooms, and create lesson plans based on the books. There are 3 categories: picture books, literature, and non-fiction. However, these span a variety of genres and topics: everything from personal accounts to graphic "novels" (some of which are personal accounts) to poetry/short stories to all kinds of fiction. You get to choose a book or books (up to 3) from the MEOC list (see below) and apply to QFI to fund them. (Note: Ask me - adeli@email.arizona.edu - if you need suggestions about a particular type of work. I have been on the book awards committee for a decade!) To find out more information about the grant, click here.

● The Middle East Outreach Council (MEOC) is an organization of educators interested in the Middle East. Groups of teachers and Middle East content specialists read recently-released books about the Middle East appropriate for K-12 students and give awards for those that are well-written, appeal to kids at the intended grade level, and give an accurate, nuanced portrayal of life in the Middle East (or of Middle Eastern-Americans). There are 3 categories of entries: picture books, youth literature, and youth non-fiction.

For a list 2017 winners, click here. For previous winners, click here.

If you would like to become a member of MEOC, it’s free, but you pay a whopping $10 per year if you want to participate on the book awards committee or apply for funding to attend a MEOC workshop. To join, click here. It’s the least expensive professional organization around!!

If you want to serve on the book awards committee for next year, contact Susan Douglass at: susan.douglass@georgetown.edu. You choose which sub-committee to be on (picture book, literature, or non-fiction). Then during the summer, you receive a box of books to read, evaluate, and send on to the next reviewer. At the end, you receive some free books for your classroom or school library. AND it’s a professional participation to put on your resume. Just saying…..

● There are K-12 book awards in other world areas:

      The Americas Awards (for books about Latin America or Latinos in the U.S.) from CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs)

      CABA (Children’s Africana Book Awards) for books about Africa or African-Americans.

      SABA (South Asia Book Awards) for books about South Asia.           

●  Qatar Foundation International, which has a lot of great cultural materials for teachers, has a free mosaic tile maker application that introduces students to fundamental concepts of Islamic art and architecture through the exploration and creation of mosaic tile art. It’s a cool app! Check it out here.

● The Southern Poverty Law Center’s has an interesting short report on Islamophobia in the U.S. Click here to check them out. From there, you can also click on the links at the top of the page to find resources to combat hate and prejudice of all kinds as well as other materials/maps.

● The University of Chicago has a great webpage “Chicago’s Muslims in Their Own Voices.” You can click on interviews with Muslims from all different countries, see a map to locate these people’s places of origin, and some resources. Check them out here.

● If you teach about human rights, there is a human rights website that is just getting started. You can even go online and request a virtual speaker for your classes, maybe a genocide educator in Bosnia or Rwanda or an expert from a university in another state or country. For that particular service, however, you have to pay the speaker (but it may not be a big fee if you have a speaker from Bosnia or Rwanda…..). Anyway, check it and the other features of the website out here.   

● Secondary teachers: Choices has some great curriculum units: some for free, some for which you have to pay a small amount. The newest paid one – not expensive – less than $30 for a fully reproducible set of 2 materials books – is “The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy.” One of the FREE ones is: “Syrian Refugees: Understanding Stories with Comics.”  

● The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (in Washington DC – with information from/about Oman) has a fantastic resource for teachers: the Indian Ocean in World History website. This has online lesson plans with maps, primary sources, and all kinds of information on the Indian Ocean trade in various historical eras, spanning the world trade between East Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Far East. Check it out here.

● The Pulitzer Center has some great lesson plans for upper elementary, middle school, high school, and community college classes. One of their newer featured lessons is on “The Agreement between the U.S. and Iran." And there’s a new one on “Peacebuilding: Taking Home Lessons Learned in Africa." Check out their other Middle Eastern-themed lessons (on refugees, Afghani poetry,  climate change, women’s rights, etc.) and lessons on other world areas: here

● Abdelkader was a 19th century humanitarian, who was such a worldwide inspiration that a town in Iowa was named after him! Honoring his legacy are two Global Leadership scholarship competitions. (The poster competition is new this year.) There are awards at both the high school and college level, an essay contest and a poster contest. For more information on all the competitions, click here. The deadline is May 15

Tell high school students

  • U.S. State Department summer leadership program with Iraqi students.
    World Learning is currently recruiting U.S. high school students to participate in a fully-funded exchange program (within the U.S.) with visiting Iraqi teenagers. Selected students will travel around the United States with the Iraqi students, learning about social justice, peace-building, and leadership. The program is funded by the Department of State. IYLEP is a fantastic opportunity for U.S. students interested in the Middle East to learn more about Iraq and strengthen the U.S.-Iraq relationship. Please share our flyer or the blurb with students who could benefit from the program! For any questions or inquiries, email Iylep@worldlearning.org or Damilola.akinyele@worldlearning.org