K-12 Teacher Workshop: Teaching About the Middle East & Islam in Troubled Times
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 3:00pm
K-12 Teacher Workshop: Teaching About the Middle East & Islam in Troubled Times

Portland State University, Cramer Hall

1721 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 

May 21, 2016, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

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Although most of the world’s Muslims, including the growing US Muslim population, live outside the Middle East, the region remains the center of the Islamic world for Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Especially since the events of 9/11/2001, teaching about the region and about Islam has become a growing challenge for US educators at all levels. 


How can K-12 classroom teachers respond to this challenge? What sorts of problems do teachers currently encounter when teaching about the region or the faith? What sorts of resources and information would teachers like to have or find useful in dealing with these issues?  


In this workshop, we’ll seek to address these questions. There will be considerable time for small and large group discussion about common needs and challenges and teaching strategies that have worked and failed as well as information from area experts about the current situation in various parts of the Middle East, particularly since the US invitation of Iraq, the Arab spring, Turkey’s shifting role in regional politics, and related geopolitical issues, including the role of Russia and Europe and the EU’s efforts to deal with a burgeoning number of refugees.

We hope you’ll join us for this important workshop and be part of the conversation.