Professional Development Workshop Archive

2016-17

January 28, 2017 - Methods and Benefits of Proficiency-Based Assessment: A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers of Arabic

For the past decade, Chicago Public Schools' Lindblom Math & Science Academy has been a pioneer and leader in Arabic language education, and its Arabic world language program is one of the country's largest programs for non-heritage speakers of Arabic. In 2015, Lindblom adopted a proficiency-based, as opposed to performance-based, approach for assessing the progress and achievement of students enrolled in its foreign language courses. At this workshop, Fadi Abughoush, the head of Lindblom's World Language Department, will introduce local Arabic language educators to the methods and benefits of the proficiency-based approach and how he and his colleagues have integrated it into their classrooms. Mr. Abughoush will also explain the Avant STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) test, which is the beginning- and end-of-the-year exam approved by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and an important assessment tool in proficiency-based contexts. Teachers who attend will receive customizable resources to adapt for their classrooms.

This workshop was co-sponsored by the Center for Arabic Language and Culture, the Chicago Public Schools Office of Language and Cultural Education, and the University of Chicago's Center for Middle Eastern Studies

February 11, 2017 - Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart


Photo: Civilians fleeing ​Basra, Iraq. March 2003. Photograph by Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting  co-presented this professional development workshop that provided K-12 and post-secondary educators with new ideas, strategies, and content for teaching about contemporary Arab societies across North Africa and West Asia. Based on the groundbreaking New York Times Magazine feature article “Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart” by award-winning journalist Scott Anderson and photographer Paolo Pellegrin, this workshop was led by the Pulitzer Center’s education team and by local educators who have incorporated “Fractured Lands” into their teaching.

2015-16

February 27, 2016 - Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean

The Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean (OSPM) workshop showcased customizable teaching modules and lessons from the Our Shared Past in the Mediterranean world history curriculum project. The OSPM project was part of the collaborative grants program offered by the British Council and the Social Science Research Council. All of the OSPM modules and resources are available at http://mediterraneansharedpast.org/home

2014-15

October 18, 2014 - The Middle East and IB History

This workshop explored the Middle East region as a component of global history in the context of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Route 2 History curriculum. Special emphasis was placed on the IB Theory of Knowledge program, its relevance to the study of history, and the difficulties high school educators face in educating their students about controversial Middle East-related topics.


February 21, 2015 - Rethinking the Region: New Approaches to the 9-12 U.S. Curriculum on North Africa and the Middle East

This workshop presented customizable teaching modules and lessons from "Rethinking the Region: New Approaches the 9-12 U.S. Curriculum on North Africa and the Middle East," a world history curriculum project funded through the collaborative grants program offered by the British Council and the Social Science Research Council. All of the Rethinking the Region modules and resources are available at http://www.teach-mena.org/