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Teacher Training Program & Workshops

Introduces Grade 6-12 teachers to Islam in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the U.S. Midwest. Experts in the field, as well as members of Michigan’s Muslim community, will lead the workshop and discussion. Learn more »

This program builds a community of Grade 6-12 educators who together will enrich and revitalize their teaching. Throughout the school year, the cohort of teachers will participate in expert-led activities. Learn more »

The Middle East North Africa Reading Cohort (MENA-RC) develops educators’ understanding and appreciation of the region’s history and culture, situating them in a broader, global context. In three once-a-month sessions, the MENA-RC engages in lively and robust two-hour discussions of scholarly book-length contributions to the field of Middle Eastern and/or North African history and culture. Learn more »

This workshop will introduce Grade 5-12 teachers to the complex issues of Middle Eastern migration to and religions in Latin America, helping participants to contextualize these issues within both regions’ history and current events. Learn more »

Thematic day-long workshops for local K-12 teachers to learn about important topics on the Middle East and North Africa and to integrate new content into their curriculum. SCECH credit available.

The World History Learning Community is open to all K-12 in-service teachers and community college faculty across the US. Come together with other educators in a virtual learning environment to read and discuss books in the field of world history. Participants will collaboratively determine the main topics and themes for the World History Learning Community, and the books will be selected by preeminent historians of the field. Learn more »

The International Institute and the School of Education collaborate to host annual curriculum development workshops featuring historians and literary experts offering case studies in world history and literature. For more information, visit the World History and Literature Initiative page »

CMENAS and other International Institute area studies centers at the University of Michigan are proud supporters of the MIIIE, a consortium of two-year colleges primarily located in the Midwest region. The MIIIE is dedicated to improving international studies and foreign language training at each member campus. CMENAS is a co-sponsor of the MIIIE’s annual August curriculum development workshops. For more information on MIIIE’s projects and upcoming curriculum development workshops, visit:

This collaborative project between the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, is funded by the US Department of Education’s Title VI. It is geared towards creating spaces for discussions of new research and curriculum development projects among professors, graduate and undergraduate students, and school teachers from Puerto Rico.

As part of the effort to create sustainable links with institutions serving underrepresented populations, the CMENAS and the other International Institute area studies centers at the University of Michigan built a partnership with the Colleges of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Puerto Rico. There are no Title VI National Resources Centers on the island of Puerto Rico; there are also no Hispanic serving institutions in the State of Michigan. Thanks to deep existing ties between our institutions we are able to expand access to the area studies and language resources at UM to the faculty and students at the UPR, to in-service teachers in the region around UPR, and to their K-12 students.