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The Center provides resources for K-12 and Community College educators through the outreach program coordinated by the Duke-UNC Consortium for Middle East Studies. Since January 2011, we have connected with more than 8,000 educators through workshops, conferences, curriculum consultation, classroom visits, and public events.

Visit our Outreach Website HERE

Updates for Teachers

To receive regular Teacher Updates, subscribe to our listservs: NCTeachMideast for K-12 educators or NCTeachMideastCC for community college educators. Email Program/Outreach Coordinator Emma Harver at to be added to either listserv.

On the Consortium website, you will find the following resources, free of charge:

Featured Resources & Programs

U.S.-MENA Teachers Collaborating Across Borders Program | A collaboration with the University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies the Teachers Collaborating Across Borders (TCAB) program is a unique opportunity for teachers from the United States and teachers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to engage in international dialogue and virtual exchange. Throughout the program, teachers discuss topics related to education and culture in their respective countries and to find ways to share this information in their classrooms. Click here to learn more.

Middle East Explained Video Series | The Middle East Explained project is a video series aimed to launch students on to new Middle East-related topics, inspire creative thinking, and encourage discussion. Videos are just 5-10 minutes long and are accompanied by a discussion framework for use in middle and high school classrooms. Video content is consistent with the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and/or current news items, and the videos feature Duke and UNC scholars. Click here to access the videos and viewing guides.

Local Study Tours | The Consortium is pleased to offer local study tours for K-12 teachers. Tours are designed as meaningful immersion experiences for teachers to deepen their understanding of Islam and Middle Eastern cultures. Teachers learn through discussions with community experts and UNC-system and Duke University faculty. Tours enable North Carolina educators to participate in a global learning experience in their local communities.Visit our Past Tour pages (2015, 2016, 2017) to learn more.

Learning through Languages High School Research Symposium | This program provides a unique opportunity for North Carolina world language students to showcase their language, research and presentation skills. Students from across North Carolina who study Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish at level III or higher are invited to participate. In teams of 2-3, students research current issues across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa. In December, the students come to UNC for the symposium and network with UNC and Duke faculty, staff, students, and other high school language learners from throughout the state. Click here to learn more about the symposium and find out how your students can participate.