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Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH)

Inspiring Purpose. Igniting Possibilities

We Cannot Change the World Alone, but If We Each Cast a Pebble Across the Water, We can Create Many Ripples

The Bilateral US-Arab Chamber’s Teachers Educating Across Cultures in Harmony (TEACH) Fellowship  was conceived to actively engage U.S. and MENA educators in capacity building initiatives to produce a new generation of leaders equipped to provide solutions to the world’s most pressing social and economic issues.

TEACH was launched in 2009 as a vehicle to provide U.S. educators an opportunity to visit the Middle East and gain insight into the culture, the challenges and the opportunities experienced by their peers. The educators that participated were able to return to their classrooms, communities, and social settings and share first-hand experiences that reflected more similarities than differences. Through personal communications and professional exchanges, they began to replace misconceptions with awareness and inspire a new sense of purpose that ignited new possibilities for their students and their communities, the range of which is immeasurable.

Since 2009 through 2017:

  • 108 Fellows from 60 cities, representing 31 U.S. States have traveled to the Middle East as TEACH Fellows.
  •  Over 30,000 U.S. students have been provided with first hand insights on perceptions versus facts and similarities versus differences in education, culture, society and private sector needs.

Through their work in classrooms, community programs, national education conferences, and personal exchanges, these Fellows have indirectly touched millions of lives. They have eliminated millions of misconceptions about the Middle East and energized a new generation with innovating approaches to STEM education.

Our past TEACH Fellows say it best:

Sara Elizabeth Damon, TEACH Fellow 2017- Social Studies Teacher, Stillwater Area High School

  • A huge thank you to the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce for making the TEACH Fellowship possible. Our trip was packed with memorable teaching experiences.”

Diego Duran-Medina, TEACH Fellow 2016- Director of Service-Learning and Social Studies Teacher, Shorecrest Preparatory School

  • “After visiting the Community College of Qatar (CCQ) through the TEACH Fellowship program, I was deeply impressed by CCQ’s groundbreaking regional commitment to service learning and civic engagement.”

Dr. Donna Leake- TEACH Fellow 2015- Trainer of pre-service and practicing teachers, University of New Haven

  • “My experience in November renewed my hope that communities of business professionals, educators and political leaders, working together with a common mission can build bridges of understanding for future generations.” 

Tiffany Benson- TEACH Fellow 2014- Social Studies Department Chair, Salesian College Preparatory High School 

  • “I cannot say enough positive things  about the trip. Being immersed in the culture and examining the region from both macro and micro levels has added richness to my classroom materials that I could not get any other way.” 

Linda A Cook, M.A. – TEACH Fellow 2009- Dean, Social Sciences & Professor of Sociology, Houston Community College Southwest

  • “The best thing about TEACH for me as a Sociologist, was learning how many females are able to take advantage of a university education.  Research indicates the education of women is one of the most powerful development tools available.”

Christina Ann Murphy, M.Ed – TEACH Fellow 2010- Teacher, Science, Math & Literacy, Abu Dhabi Education Council, Relocated to Abu Dhabi after TEACH

  • “Because of my awesome experience in the Middle East provided by the Bilateral Chamber and TEACH, I accepted a teaching position in Abu Dhabi in 2011 and l have been living and teaching in the Emirate for three years.  I credit (the TEACH Fellowship) for opening my eyes to the Middle East and the current changes taking place in GCC Education. Truly my life was changed.”

 Chad Coffey- TEACH Fellow 2011- Teacher, Social Studies, Highland Park High School

  • “This trip has changed my entire perspective of the Gulf region. I (refer to) GPIC and RasGas as examples of multinational businesses that have a strong presence in helping educate groups on their diversity and willingness to be a part of a greater community.”

Anna Marie Sifford – TEACH Fellow 2011- Teacher, World History, North Hills Preparatory High School

  • “I am forever changed…and I have used it to educate hundreds, if not thousands (vis-à-vis other teachers), of students and adults since we returned to the United States.  TEACH gave my classroom a reputation as the most diverse place on campus. My students are culturally sensitive and they are truly global citizens.”

Cheryl Denise Wegscheid – TEACH Fellow 2012- Teacher, Technology, Westchester Academy for International Studies

  • I have given a number of presentations to my colleagues at school and other educators around the state of Texas. Every one of them is fascinated to hear about the technology on hand at the Bahraini & Qatari schools we visited, and how teachers are able to integrate these resources into their classrooms.”

Evan Dvorak – TEACH Fellow 2012- Teacher- AP Physics, David Starr Jordan High School

  • “A colleague once remarked to me that teaching is about enabling connections. One way of enabling this is by traveling abroad and fostering relationships with educators of different nationalities. TEACH provided this and more.”

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