Educator Workshop

K-12 educators earn $350 for participating in a day-long workshop and designing a lesson plan about Arab Indianapolis for their classrooms

June 6, 2023, 9 AM – 4PM, in the Ashby Browsing Room, Level 2, IUPUI Library

The Arab Indianapolis project has produced a book, a blog, a heritage trail, K-12 lesson plans, and a film that premiered on WFYI-TV, Indianapolis.

Educators join Arab Indianapolis creator Professor Edward Curtis for a workshop on how to incorporate the history and cultures of Arab Hoosiers into your K-12 classroom. You will watch Arab Indianapolis: A Hidden History ahead of time. During the workshop, you will also learn about the film’s PBS Learning Media, explore the Arab Indianapolis blog and virtual heritage trail, enjoy an Arab lunch, talk with local Arab American leaders, and brainstorm with other teachers how to use Arab Indianapolis resources in your classroom. After the workshop, you will design a lesson plan, due on June 9, which may be added to the Arab Indianapolis website resource pages.

Parking, refreshments, and a copy of the Arab Indianapolis book will be provided gratis. Participants who successfully complete the program earn 10 or more PGPs from IUPUI plus $350.

Confirmed participants in the workshop include:

  • Dominique Camara, Carmel High School Social Studies
  • Janet Eichenberger, North Central High School ENL
  • Heidi Hoopingarner, Oaks Academy ENL
  • Anne Kaplan, North Central High School Social Studies
  • Chassity Mahaska, Franklin Central Human Geography and Sociology
  • Taylor Marshall, Carmel High School Social Studies
  • Tabby McClain, Eman Schools Secondary School Science
  • Taylor Meador, Hamilton Southeastern High School ESL
  • Mickey O’Toole, Carmel High School Social Studies and Arab Club Adviser
  • Josh Peterman, Carmel High School, History
  • Joshua Pierson, Franklin Central High School Social Studies
  • Alex Schwartz, Eastwood Middle School Social Studies
  • Rebecca Shroeder, Hamilton Southeastern High School ENL
  • Melissa Thompson, North Central Social Studies
  • Renee Vanlandhingham, Hamilton Southeastern Literature and Composition
  • James Ziegler, Carmel High School Social Studies

Questions? Email the director at

This workshop is funded by the Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts at Indiana University Indianapolis.

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