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.

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 discuss the film and its accompanying PBS Learning Media classroom activities, explore the Arab Indianapolis blog and virtual heritage trail, talk with local Arab American leaders, enjoy an Arab lunch, discover how the project’s materials align with Indiana state educational standards, and brainstorm with other teachers how to use Arab Indianapolis resources in your classroom. After the workshop, you will design a lesson plan, which may be added to the Arab Indianapolis website resource pages.

Parking and refreshments are provided gratis. Participants who successfully complete the program earn 10 or more PGPs from IUPUI.

The first Arabic-speaking neighborhood in Indianapolis is located on the same land where Lucas Oil Stadium sits today. Credit: Chitwood Media.

Applications for the program open on January 1, 2023. Applicants should include a one- to two-page resume and one-page cover letter describing (1) their current job responsibilities, (2) why they wish to attend, and (3) how they might use what they learn in the workshop at their school.

Questions? Email the director at

This workshop is sponsored by the William M. and Gail M. Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts at IU Indianapolis.

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