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Middle East Studies Teacher Training & Curriculum

The Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) at the George Washington University provides K-12 teachers and community college faculty access to scholars, classroom resources, and workshops. Our goal is to increase literacy on this important region by providing interdisciplinary perspectives that help teachers and students move beyond the headlines to generate nuanced understandings and strengthen their critical thinking skills.

Teacher Workshops

Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:00am – 3:30pm

George Washington University
Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Commons | Room 602
1957 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

Iran and the World: What you Need to Know

In this workshop, participants will hear a range of perspectives that contextualize contemporary Iranian history and culture within a framework of regional and global dynamics. Expert speakers will discuss topics including the role of the Islamic Revolution in shaping contemporary politics and culture; Iran’s relationship with neighbors in the Middle East and Central Asia; and U.S. foreign policy on Iran. We will hear from educators who are creating curricular resources that highlight diverse Iranian responses to contemporary politics.

This workshop is a collaboration between GW's Institute for Middle East Studies, Georgetown University's Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and the Middle East Studies Pedagogy Initiative at George Mason University.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Thursday, October 24, 2019
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Carver Educational Services Center Auditorium
850 Hungerford Drive, Rockville, Maryland 20850

Muslim American Youth Voices: "I Am the Night Sky" Book Workshop for Educators

What are the experiences of local Muslim youth during an era characterized by both hijabi fashion models and enduring post-9/11 stereotypes? In this workshop, we will hear from the authors of this newly-released title from DC-based Shout Mouse Press, I Am the Night Sky & Other Reflections of Muslims American Youth. Through poems, essays, artwork, and stories, these young people aim to show their true selves, to build connection, and to create more inclusive and welcoming communities for all.

After hearing from the authors, educators will explore lesson plans and curricular resources to use the book in their classrooms. A complimentary copy of the book will be provided along with light refreshments.

This workshop is co-sponsored by the Institute for Middle East Studies at the George Washington University, Shout Mouse Press, and Montgomery County Public Schools. RSVP is required.

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