The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University seeks a paid curriculum consultant to help develop Arab Culture through Literature and Film, a five-unit high school curriculum to increase knowledge about Arab culture.
For more information, see ToR below.
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Terms of Reference
Curriculum Consultant: Arab Culture through Literature and Film
1. The Organization
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes a critical understanding of the region with programs for K-12 educators that reflect its diversity and provide insight into the histories, cultures, languages, religions, politics, and contemporary issues of the Middle East. The Center offers a wide range of tools, resources, and programs to support educators in their teaching about the Middle East. The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University is committed to supporting teaching and learning about the Middle East and to providing educators with the best tools and resources to support their teaching.
2. The Project
The Middle East Studies Center, with funding from the Qatar Foundation International, is developing Arab Culture through Literature and Film, a five-unit high school curriculum to increase knowledge about Arab culture. The materials will utilize a student-centered pedagogical approach that promotes critical thinking and respect and encourages engaged global citizenship. Students will study life and culture in the Arab world, spanning from Morocco in the west to the Gulf countries in the east, by engaging with primary sources including films, short stories, and poems (with translation). Giving voice to the Arab people and putting human faces on the Arab world will increase understanding and tolerance in the American classroom.
The curriculum will be organized in the following five units:
- Introduction to Culture and the Arab World
- Expressions of Religion in the Arab World
- Language and Ethnicity
- Gender Roles
- Daily Life: Kinship, Marriage and Family
3. The Position
An experienced consultant is sought to help design and format the curriculum, create lesson plans, compile materials, and develop assessment tools.
The following are the specific activities to produce the expected deliverable by the consultant:
- Conduct a comprehensive review of existing curriculum and lesson plans at the MESC
- Develop format for compiling and creating the five teaching units
- Produce five teaching units including lesson plans, assessment tools, and accompanying materials
The possibility exists for consultant to present curriculum at one or more conferences; to be determined in consultation with the Middle East Studies Center.
4. Scope of Work and Deliverables
The Consultant is to deliver the output listed below working in close consultation with the Outreach Coordinator of the Middle East Studies Center.
- A standardized format for the curriculum
- Five teaching units developed as self-contained modules including:
- Stated goals and objectives
- Scope and sequence
- Interactive lesson plans with specific learning outcomes
- Detailed formative and summative assessment tools
- Relevant Common Core State Standards and National standards for Foreign Language Education
- Resources for further learning
5. Time Frame & Fees
Work to be carried out over the course of 15 weeks, starting ASAP (approx. 60 hours). Payment: $2400.00
6. Work location
The consultant will be home based with regular meetings with the Middle East Studies Center by phone, skype, or in-person.
7. Recruitment Qualifications
- Demonstrated experience designing and developing curriculum
- Familiarity with Common Core State Standards and National Standards for Foreign Language Education
- Degree in Intercultural Education, International Education or related field (MA or PhD preferred)
- Understanding of Arab culture and familiarity with Arabic literature and film
- Knowledge of Arabic language an asset
Please submit your resume and cover letter to Elisheva Cohen at email@example.com by May 20, 2013.