TeachMideast is an educational outreach initiative developed by the Middle East Policy Council. TeachMideast is a resource designed primarily to give high school and community college teachers the foundation they need to teach about critical, complex and intriguing subjects.
The demand for high-quality information and resources to enable educators to teach about the Middle East continues to grow. Since 1985, the Middle East Policy Council has offered free, non-partisan and highly-acclaimed presentations about the Middle East, Arab culture and Islam. The program has spanned 45 states and over 200 cities across the United States.
The Middle East Policy Council is a Washington, D.C.-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1981 whose mission is to contribute to American understanding of the political, economic and cultural issues that affect U.S. interests in the Middle East. This is accomplished through three programs:
- The quarterly journal Middle East Policy
- The Capitol Hill Conference Series for policymakers and their staff offering multiple points of view on current issues in the region.
- Our educational outreach program for K-14 teachers and the community at large.
You may learn about the other MEPC initiatives by visiting their website.
The TeachMideast Philosophy
The educational philosophy underlying the TeachMideast site’s materials is threefold:
- We believe that the best way to undermine dangerous stereotypes and misunderstandings is to give students access to a broad range of perspectives, particularly diverse points of view from within the region. This leads naturally to an emphasis on media literacy.
- We believe that using “cool tools” like film and project-based learning engages students and teachers and inspires them to cross strict disciplinary boundaries that may limit learning, create new connections and extend their learning on their own initiative.
- The activities and methodologies on the TeachMideast are designed for students who learn in all sorts of ways, from the avid reader to the student who learns best by listening, from visual learners to kinetic learners.
It is worth emphasizing that TeachMideast.org does not seek to inculcate any particular political point of view or any religion, but rather to open the minds of teachers and students alike to the diversity of the region in everything from geography to political opinion, from religious practice to cultural production.
If you are in need of an area specialist to speak to your students or other members of a group visiting Washington, D.C., you can contact Megan Geissler, Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org .