Educator Workshop

Lesson Plans for Central Indiana Classrooms

Front, kneeling, L to R: Alex Schwartz, Rebecca Schroeder, James Ziegler, Heidi Hoopingarner. Back, standing, L to R: Renee Vanlandhingham, Tabby McClain, Taylor Marshall, Melissa Thompson, Anne Kaplan, Chassity Mahaska, Taylor Meador, Dominique Camara, Joshua Pierson, Josh Peterman.

On June 6, 2023, local educators attended a workshop on how to incorporate the history and cultures of Arab Hoosiers into their K-12 classrooms. They met at the IUPUI University Library with project director Edward Curtis and Indy Reads CEO Ruba Marshood. Educators gave one another feedback on their teaching ideas and then wrote the final drafts available below. They also enjoyed a lunch of chicken chermoula and falafel, and took home a a copy of the Arab Indianapolis book. Each teacher who completed the project earned 10 PGPs (professional growth points) from IUPUI plus a $350 stipend.

Lesson Plans

Dominque Camara, Carmel High School, Arab Indianapolis for U.S. Government Class

Heidi Hoopingarner, Oaks Academy, Food across Cultures for Beginning and Intermediate ENL

Anne Kaplan, North Central High School, Immigration Restrictions for U.S. History and Lost Neighborhoods of Indianapolis for Geography and World History

Chassity Mahaska, Franklin Central High School, Using the Arab Indianapolis Heritage Trail in AP Human Geography

Taylor Marshall, Carmel High School, Arab Indianapolis for World History

Tabby McClain, Eman Schools, Engineering Design in the Syrian Quarter for Middle School Science

Taylor Meador, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Personal History Project for English 9-10

Josh Peterman, Carmel High School, Arab Indianapolis for U.S. History

Joshua Pierson, Franklin Central High School, Arab Indianapolis for 9th-Grade Geography and World History

Alex Schwartz, Eastwood Middle School, Studying Palestinian Protest in World History

Rebecca Schroeder, Hamilton Southeastern High School, The Arab Indianapolis Project for ENL 1-2

Melissa Thompson, North Central High School, Exodus Refugee Immigration, Inc. v. Mike Pence et al for U.S. Government Class

Renee Vanlandhingham, Hamilton Southeastern, Writing a Family Foods Cookbook in Literature Classes

James Ziegler, Carmel High School, Arab Indianapolis and U.S. Immigration for U.S. History, U.S. Geography, and Sociology

This workshop was funded by the William M. and Gail M. Plater Chair of the Liberal Arts at Indiana University, Indianapolis.

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