Introductory Workshop

Teaching about the Middle East Region

8:30 am — 3:00 pm
Brown University
Providence, RI

Teaching about the Middle East, but need more resources and information?

Hoping to learn more about the Syrian Civil War, so that you can answer students’ questions?

Looking for strategies and materials for teaching about Arab cultures and history?

Join the Choices Program and Qatar Foundation International for two days of content presentations, hands-on activities and resource reviews.

Our workshops are completely interactive, so be ready to be engaged and inspired!

Participants will explore the Choices unit The Middle East: Questions for U.S. Policy and parts of the forthcoming unit The Syrian Civil War. Both units are provided. QFI will present its materials for teaching about Arab World history and culture. Participants will discuss ways to adapt all of these materials to meet specific classroom goals.

Co-Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation International (QFI)
Register $20Per Person

Workshop includes the two Choices curriculum units and additional teaching materials, all curricular materials from QFI, lunches, and a certificate of completion.

Massachusetts teachers who attend may earn 12 PDPs.

Thanks to the generosity of QFI, the Choices Program is able to offer this program at a reduced cost.

A limited number of travel reimbursement grants of up to $500 are available. Please contact for more information.

Pre-registration is required.


Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12 History and Social Studies educators. Humanities teachers often use our materials and are encouraged to attend.

“I really appreciate it when you leave professional development and can immediately put the training to practical use. We did a Middle East role play, and it was one of the most engaging activities I have done at a training. I cannot imagine a teacher not being sold on Choices.”
– Erin, U.S. History and Global Issues Teacher


Mimi Stephens

Choices Professional Development Director
Mimi is Professional Development Director for the Choices Program and a Research Associate at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs. Prior to joining the Choices Program in 2011, Mimi worked at Clark University where she served as the Director of the Teacher Center for Global Studies supporting K12 social studies teachers throughout Massachusetts for more than 20 years. Mimi holds a Masters in International Development and Social Change from Clark University.
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