The Spring 2020 Arabic Pedagogy Conference will convene on May 30th, 2020

Professional Development

The most recent professional development event of the 2019-2020 academic year took place at Beacon Academy on Saturday, March 7th. Laura Sexton (@sraspanglish), a Project-Based Learning expert who teaches Spanish, will lead a workshop on integrating Project-Based Learning into the foreign language classroom. 

Cultural Events

Renowned Iraqi oud player and composer Rahim AlHaj visited Chicago from May 5-7, 2019. Stay tuned for more cultural events brought to you by the CATC!

CATC Fall Professional Development Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Mohamed Esa

December 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Universal School, 7350 W. 93rd St., Bridgeview, IL 60455

Project-Based Learning in the Foreign Language Classroom: CATC Winter Professional Development Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Laura Sexton (@sraspanglish)

March 7th, 2020
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Beacon Academy, 1574 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201


CPS Arab Culture Day

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, CPS Arab Culture Day will be postponed to Fall 2020 (date TBD).

Spring Arabic Pedagogy Conference

NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the CATC Spring Arabic Pedagogy Conference will be held virtually via Zoom.

Keynote Speakers: Emma Trentman (University of New Mexico), Mohammad Alhawary (University of Michigan), Nada Shaath (Los Angeles Unified School District), and Nabila Hammami (Fordson High School),

Saturday, May 30th, 2020
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Past Events

For the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, the Chicago Arabic Teachers Council was hosted by Northwestern University’s Middle East and North Africa Studies Program


Fall Professional Development Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Muhammad Eissa

December 1, 2018
10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Universal School

Winter Professional Development Workshop

Keynote Speaker: Christina Hargaden

March 2, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Lindblom Math & Science Academy

Arabic Pedagogy Conference

Speakers: Fadi Abughoush, John Eisele, Mouna Mana, Alice Saba, Nader Uthman

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Swift Hall (Main Quad, University of Chicago)

Rahim AlHaj in Chicago

May 5-7, 2019
University of Chicago & Visits to Chicago schools


Fall 2016 Symposium: Classroom Practices and Teaching Strategies

December 16, 2016
Keynote Workshop: Blaine Ray, developer of Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS)

Spring 2017 Symposium: The Role of Assessment in Foreign Language Teaching

April 22, 2017
Northwestern University
The Chicago Language Symposium 2017 was hosted partnership with Northwestern’s Council on Language Instruction. This annual event is a joint venture of language centers at the University of Chicago, UIC, DePaul and Northwestern. CATC@MENA had its own Arabic session geared toward Arabic teachers.

Spring 2017 Concluding Event: Language and Culture

May 20, 2017
Keynote speaker: Pablo Muirhead, prominent educator specializing in building bridges between cultures through language education
Performances: Ronnie Malley and Omar Offendum



Fall 2017 Symposium: Teaching Arabic in a Changing America

Saturday, October 28th
Northwestern University, McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208
Keynote: “Politics and the Arabic Language”
Keynote Speaker: Moustafa Bayoumi
Moustafa Bayoumi is the author of This Muslim American Life (winner of the Arab American Book Award) and How Does It Feel To Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (winner of the American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award). A professor of English at Brooklyn College (CUNY), he has written for a wide variety of publications and is a columnist for The Guardian.

Spring 2018 Symposium: Social Justice in the Language Classroom

Saturday, April 7
Northwestern University, McCormick Foundation Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston
Keynote Workshop: Intercultural and Social Justice Standards in the Language Classroom
Presenter: Cassandra Glynn, Director, M.Ed. Program in World Language Instruction, Concordia College
Musical Performance by Iraqi-Canadian Hip-Hop Artist Yassin ‘Narcy’ Alsalman