K-12 Outreach

CMES engages K-12 administrators, teachers and students in awareness and discourse on the Middle East. Our seven interrelated programs foster mindful, age-appropriate, awareness and contextual understanding of Middle Eastern history, politics and culture. With our partners, the California Global Education Project and other culture-focused centers and programs at UCSB, we nurture culture-focused knowledge and experiences.

If you are interested in bringing our K-12 programming to your school or K-12 focused program, please contact Lisa McAllister (lisamcallister@ucsb.edu). 

Our K-12 Outreach Programs at a Glance

CULTURAL
AMBASSADORS

CMES, and other global-focused partners, link international students to K-12 educators. Together we create richer cultural experiences for K-12 students, enabling learning of the lived-experience of a Middle Eastern culture.

RESEARCH
AMBASSADORS

Through short, age-appropriate, in-class lectures and activities, UC Santa Barbara faculty and students share their work and experiences in the Middle East with K-12 students.

VISITING
AMBASSADORS

Established and early-career scholars visiting UC Santa Barbara collaborate with CMES to develop hands-on learning activities for K-12 students. The scholars and CMES staff lead these activities at local schools.

SUMMER INSTITUTES

CMES, and partners, host 4-day workshops for K-12 educators that equip them with fresh tools and resources for leading Middle-East centered discussion and teaching plans. Workshops are led by Teacher Leaders and UC Santa Barbara faculty. Long-term mentoring is provided.

GLOBAL BOOK BAGS

CMES, and partners, collaborate with K-12 educators to develop book bags that provide home and classroom learning activities to K-12 students. Each book bag contains an age-appropriate book with a global theme, and materials & instructions for activities that develop global literacy, and encourage civic discourse and intercultural understanding.

REFUGEE VOICES IN SCHOOL

In partnership with NaTakallam, CMES hosts video conferences with local K-12 classrooms and refugees. This Program brings the voice of refugees to students, locally.

PUBLIC TALKS

CMES hosts numerous public talks. K-12 teachers are especially encouraged to attend to deepen their knowledge about current Middle East topics and culture.