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Support for Educators

The Middle East Studies Center supports education about the Middle East at the K-12 level through a variety of services and activities.
  • Teaching Arab Culture Through Literature and Film: This five unit high school curriculum provides students with knowledge and tools to analyze and understand the Arab world. The materials utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship.

  • Middle East Teaching Tools: This website offers a collection of the best tools and resources to support education about the Middle East at the K-12 level. Materials are organized by country and theme and categorized into three sections, background information, news & media, and teaching materials.

  • Resource Library: This extensive lending library includes children’s and young adult literature, reference materials, maps, posters, current and back issues of Saudi Aramco World, and DVDs on many aspects of the Middle East. Materials may be borrowed at no cost.

  • Workshops: The Middle East Studies Center offers workshops and seminars for educators that increase participants’ knowledge of the region and support pedagogical approaches to global education that promote critical thinking, tolerance, and respect.

  • MESC Monthly: This monthly newsletter features resources, teaching materials and opportunities for educators.

  • Speaker Referrals: Request affiliated faculty, students, or community members to speak in your classroom about various topics pertaining to the Middle East.

  • Customized Programs or Resources: Contact the Center to request a customized program, lesson plan, or other resource for your classroom.

The Middle East Studies Center promotes a critical understanding of the region with programs that reflect its diversity and provide insight into the histories, cultures, languages, religions, politics, and contemporary issues of the Middle East. The Center offers a wide range of tools, resources, and programs to support educators in their teaching about the Middle East. The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University is committed to supporting teaching and learning about the Middle East and to providing educators with the best tools and resources to support their teaching.

For more information or support for your classroom, contact Elisheva Cohen, Outreach Coordinator, 503-725-5054.