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2020-21 Teacher Program

Teachers today increasingly need expertise and innovative ways to teach about world cultures and global issues.  This program builds a community of Grade 6-12 educators who will enrich and revitalize their teaching together, focusing on this year's topic, Religious and Cultural Diversity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and in Southeast Asia (SEA).

Throughout the school year, the cohort of teachers will participate in expert-led workshops, discuss assigned readings, attend world-class artistic performances and cultural events, visit houses of worship and museums, and meet with religious leaders and representatives from local MENA and SEA communities. Activities also include exploring classroom strategies for teaching about the topic and developing curricular components and units about MENA and SEA.

The cohort will assemble from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.—one Saturday every month between September 2020 and June 2021 (except December), usually on U-M’s Ann Arbor central campus.

Tentative schedule: September 12, 2020; October 31, 2020; November 14, 2020; January 9, 2021; February 13, 2021; March 13, 2021; April 10, 2021; May 8, 2021; June 25, 2021 (falls on a Friday)

The program will culminate in July 2021 in an optional GEEO (Global Exploration for Educators) trip to one or more countries in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, or North Africa. On this trip, the cohort will together expand the knowledge and skills acquired in the year-long program to bring their travel experiences directly into their classrooms. The two centers’ outreach coordinator(s) will accompany the participants to help contextualize and reflect upon what they are seeing and learning. Educators’ $1,000 honoraria may be used to offset fees from the GEEO trip.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 10, 2020, by which date complete applications must be submitted online, by e-mail, or by post.

If submitting online: Materials may be uploaded via the data-intake online form. If you prefer to not have your materials uploaded via the data-intake form, please email your files to: Rima Hassouneh,; subject heading: “Application to 2020-2021 MENA-SEA Teacher Program.”

If submitting by post: Please print your completed data-intake form and attach this to the rest of your application materials. Send your complete application to: Rima Hassouneh, International Institute, Weiser Hall, 500 Church Street, Suite 500, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1106

Please note: An application without ANY of the five requirements will be considered incomplete, and will NOT be reviewed.