Tools for Teaching about the Middle East and Islam TeachMideast invites you to attend one of our “Tools for Teaching the Middle East and Islam” two-day workshops to introduce K-12 educators to innovative teaching strategies and classroom-ready resources about the Middle East and Islam. TeachMideast will be holding these workshops across Iowa throughout June and July. The workshops, funded in part by Humanities Iowa, are designed to introduce educators to innovative teaching strategies and classroom-ready resources. Participants will gain a new depth of knowledge about the region, while focusing on: critical thinking, collaboration, cultural competence, information skills, and more. We will analyze stereotypes and realities, foster media literacy, introduce the diversity of Middle Eastern and Muslim cultures and religious experiences, and weigh multiple points of view. We will cover critical topics such as:
- What is Islam and Who is a Muslim?
- What are the differences among Sunnis, Shi’is, and Sufis?
- What are the best “teachable moments” in Islamic history?
- What do people in the Middle East really think about extremism?
- How do Muslims define gender roles and aspirations?
- Teaching about the current wave of protests in the Middle East?
- Why is Elkader named after a Muslim military hero and humanitarian?
Barbara Petzen, Education Director for Middle East Policy Council (MEPC) Teach Mideast Program in Washington DC, has presented the workshops in over 40 states. The MEPC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that has been working with the federal government since 1981.Dates and Locations
- June 22-23rd Iowa Western Community College – Council Bluffs
- June 29-30th Elkader, IA
- July 13-14th Western Iowa Tech Community College, Sioux City
- July 20-21st Fort Dodge/Prairie Lakes AEA
- July 27-28th Grantwoods AEA facility in Coralville
- TBD Mississippi Bend AEA facility in Bettendorf