We have partnered with the Global Language Project (GLP), which has introduced Arabic language classes taught by certified teachers as a regular part of the curriculum in two NYC elementary schools so far (reaching 480 students in 2014). We have provided outreach sessions to the schools on Arab culture (including calligraphy and dabka dance performance). We plan to expand our activities to school-wide outreach workshops to introduce the non-Arabic speaking teachers to the history, culture and language of the Arab world so that they can better integrate the language learning with the wider curriculum (budget G2.b ). For more far-reaching impact, we have joined GLP to work with the recently formed Arabic Teachers Council that brings together interested K-14 Arabic teachers from a variety of area public and private schools.
A team of scholars based at six US research universities created this extensive and fully developed curriculum on teaching the Middle East from a multidisciplinary perspective that is aligned with the Common Core objectives. Through the analysis of the most widely used World History textbooks in the United States, the innovative curriculum addresses the common conflation of the history of the Middle East and Islam. It also addresses the general reductive approach to teaching about the region with regards to its peoples, histories, and women. This is an amazing resource we highly recommend teachers to utilize. It is fully developed curriculum for 9-12. Access the Full curriculum.