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Welcome to the Outreach Program

The CMES Director of Educational Outreach, Dr. Lisa Adeli, is passionate about education. She earned a  BS in Foreign Service, an MA in History and another in Teaching English As a Second Language, and PhD in History. For several years, she was an adjunct college instructor. After earning a secondary teaching certification, she taught high school Social Studies and English full-time for 12 years at Buena High School (Sierra Vista) and then as a volunteer or part-time teacher for the past 11 years at Cholla High School (Tucson).

She is a Teacher Fellow with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the National World War I Museum; a board member of  the Arizona Council for History Education and an active participant in National History Day in Arizona, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the Middle East Outreach Council. She has created, organized, and usually co-led SIX (with #7 and #8  coming up) Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad travel-seminars to Balkan, Middle Eastern-North African, and Central Asian countries and has directed or co-directed other intensive programs both abroad and in the U.S.   

She - and all the Center staff - welcome the opportunity to join in creative partnerships with schools, educators, and community members to further education about the Middle East.

Contact: adeli@arizona.edu

What We Do: The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies is one of only 18 National Resource Centers on the Middle East in the United States. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, the Center’s mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of the Middle East through education, scholarship, faculty and student support, and community outreach. CMES Outreach coordinates and supports programming related to the Middle East and North Africa for K-12 educators, undergraduate and graduate students, and the community. Through our listservs, lending library, lesson plan resources, and topical workshops, we provide information and resources to facilitate learning about the region and its peoples.

Resources for K-14 Educators: We offer a wide variety of books, videos, lesson plans and more, all free to check out and use. Our checkout catalogue makes it easy to access the more than 300 items we have available for educators. We also have a seperate website for community college educators: Curriculum Internationalization Resources for Community College Educators which offers background information and lesson plans on a number of international topics.

Opportunities for K-14 Educators: Interested in conferences, workshops and other opportunites in the United States and across the globe? We have many opportunites for educators to travel and furhter develop their careers. Be sure to check back often as new opportunites are added. And email adeli@arizona.edu to be included on educators' weekly e-bulletins of internationally-themed opportunities and resources for teachers or community college educators. (Be sure to specify what grade-level you teach.)

Community Resources: We also have a variety of resources for members of the community, such as Middle Eastern Resturants in Tucson.

Take some time to explore the website and find all we have to offer. Be sure to Like us on Facebook!



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