Participants attend a series of workshops held in different U.S. cities to explore themes related to the Middle East including sessions with experts in the field. They work closely with education specialists to develop effective pedagogical approaches to the content.
In addition to the workshops, participants take part in monthly webinars and activities as a group to reinforce content knowledge and skills. They also develop a toolkit of teaching strategies and resources to share with other educators to help them become more effective and confident when teaching about the region.
Upon completion of the first year of the program, participants are provided with funding and resources to present their portfolios at a professional development workshop. Participants also serve as mentors for the following year’s incoming cohort of participants.
All expenses for participants are covered.
The program lasts approximately two years, and applications are accepted on an annual basis for each new cohort. The program begins in the late spring and completes within two years of the first event.