2019 Spring and Summer Educator Travel, Study and Funding Opportunities

I. 10-Day Trip through Bosnia-Herzegovina (with an optional 1-day extension) 
April 7-17, 2019
The University of Arizona Center for Middle Eastern Studies is organizing a public trip, open to any adult interested in an educational travel experience. You will be led by a Balkan historian and local guides, and visit museums, historical sites, and places of local interest. Participants have the option of an additional day-trip to the Srebrenica genocide site/museum. Participants stay in 4-star hotels, feast on the excellent local cuisine, have the opportunity to attend performances or participate in a cooking demonstration. For more information, visit here.

II. Fully-Funded Study Tour of Jordan
June 28–July 6, 2019

Qatar Foundation International and GEEO’s Summer Educator Tour to Jordan: Qatar Foundation International (QFI), in partnership with GEEO, is pleased to announce a funded cultural immersion trip for up to fourteen K-12 educators to Jordan. Please visit here for full details and application instructions: https://www.qfi.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/QFI-GEEO-Summer-2019-Program-Announcement.pdf. Applicants must:

  • Be a current K-12 teacher in a public or public charter school in the United States
  • Demonstrate that he/she provides, or intends to provide, classroom instruction on topics related to the Middle East or Arab world

How to Apply: To apply, you must register in QFI’s Grants Management Portal, FluidReview, at qfi.fluidreview.comQatar Foundation International will close the application process upon the submission of 100 applications or on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 5 pm EST. 

III. Funded Summer Teaching Opportunity in the West Bank
June 29-August 3, 2019
Since 2011, the Ramallah Friends School (an IB school on the West Bank) has been offering English and College Prep summer programs to Palestinian students and bringing teachers from the U.S. (elementary to high school) to teach them. Airfare, housing and expenses covered. For information, go to: http://www.iknowican.net/ and explore all the tabs. Application deadline is March 1.

IV. Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (Fulbright TGC)
The Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (Fulbright TGC) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. It is governed by policies established by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Fulbright TGC is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop skills for preparing students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and apply now. The deadline is Thursday, March 7, 2019.

V. Georgetown University CCAS Summer Teacher Institute 2019: The Enlightenment as Global Phenomenon
August 5-9, 2019
The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Summer Teacher Institute 2019 will explore the Enlightenment as a global phenomenon, both in its origins and impact. As many historians have noted, the view of the Enlightenment as a European thought movement is inadequate and ignores both the effects of intellectual exchanges within and beyond Europe, including and after the Renaissance and Scientific Revolution. STI 2019 will explore both the global origins and the enduring global effects of enlightenment ideas and exchanges. The scholars who will share their knowledge during the summer institute have explored connected histories across Afro-Eurasian spaces, through their knowledge of multiple languages and creative work in archives across the world.

Among the themes we will pursue during the week-long institute are:

  • Europeans’ absorption of global knowledge
  • Scientific knowledge and travel
  • Human nature and ideas of race
  • A cosmopolitan republic of letters
  • Literary, artistic, and philosophical cross-pollination
  • Religious exploration
  • Consumption of things and ideas

A limited number of travel grants are available. Learn more here

VI. The 2019 Abdelkader Prize for Educators for Middle School, High School Teachers, College and University Faculty
The Abdedlkader Education Project, in partnership with the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College invites middle and high school teachers, and college and university faculty to use AEP’s educational resources in their classrooms. For samples of curricula in varying stages of development, please see: AEP Curricula. The Abdelkader Prize for Educators encourages teachers and faculty to use AEP curricula in ways that suit learning objectives in history, social studies, geography, military, religion, biography or leadership classrooms.

Criteria for Entry
Educators will create 3 lessons about the life story and legacy of Emir Abdelkader, including contemporary connections that:
– Explore and adapt AEP curricula
– Implement lesson plans
– Offer student and educator feedback on the experience.

The Abdelkader Prize for Educators runs from January 15 – June 15, 2019. Learn more here.

VII. The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes
Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress this summer. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation’s capital.

In 2019, the Library will offer three Institute weeks:

  • Open Sessions (any subject area): July 8-12; July 29-Aug 2
  • Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 15-19

Each Institute week, Library of Congress education specialists facilitate sessions modeling strategies for using primary sources to engage students, build critical thinking skills, and construct knowledge. Participants reflect on and discuss how the strategies apply to their students, subject areas, and classrooms or school libraries.

In the school year following the Institute, educators are expected to implement a primary source based activity and share outcomes with Institute staff and their session cohort. Library staff will provide resources for participants to facilitate sharing what they have learned with colleagues in their professional networks. Finally, participants also have an option of completing additional work to pursue graduate credit in history from George Mason University.

The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute is appropriate for K-12 educators across many disciplines, including: Social Studies/History, English Language Arts, Science, Art, Music; and for any other educator who feels primary sources could be used with their curriculum. Librarians and Curriculum/Professional Development specialists are also encouraged to apply. Application Deadline: March 10, 2019. Learn more here.

VIII. National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar: Muslim American History and Life
For K-12 teachers, July 8-26, 2019, held at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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