As a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored National Resource Center on the Middle East and North Africa (NRC-MENA), the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown conducts workshops for educators throughout the year. The K-14 Education Outreach program focuses on the needs of K-14 educators in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and beyond. The program helps teachers convey a nuanced and realistic view of Arabs and Islam to overcome stereotypes and shallow media presentations, supplementing the often inadequate treatment in curriculum and textbooks.
In its fourth decade, CCAS has served thousands of educators through workshops and institutes, teaching units and background modules, resources from past workshops, a lending library, and curriculum development support. The program is supported by a Title VI grant from the Department of Education, the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, and private sector grants.