Today is the last day of pre-departure training at Bowling Green State University. Here is the schedule of we did to prepare for our study in Jordan. I thought it might be interesting to see the work that was done before the trip started.

Thursday, June 17

9:00am            Introductions, GPA Orientation Overview—Dr. Patricia Kubow, Project Director, School of Leadership and Policy Studies, Director, The Center for International Comparative Education, Bowling Green State University

10:00am          Workshop: What Do We Know about Jordan and the Middle East?—Dr. Patricia Kubow (Assessing prior knowledge and addressing stereotypes shaping perceptions)

11:30am          Lunch

12:30pm          Travel Logistics—Dr. Patricia Kubow

1:00pm            Workshop: History of Jordan—Dr. Marc Simon, Political Science Department,

Bowling Green State University

3:00pm            Workshop: Arabic Language, Culture, and Society—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

(Bilingual Scholar), School of Teaching and Learning, Bowling Green State University

5:00pm            End of first day of pre-departure orientation

Friday, June 18

9:00am                        Arabic Language, Culture, and Society—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

11:30am          Lunch

12:30pm          Workshop: Jordan CultureGram 2010—Dr. Patricia Kubow

1:30pm            Workshop: Gender, Culture, and Islam—Dr. Khani Begum, English Department, Bowling Green State University

3:00pm            Workshop: Teaching a Lesson that Infuses Near East Learning—Mr. Zebulun Kellough, Teacher, Toledo School for the Arts (TSA)

4:00pm            Workshop: Sharing About Jordan from Personal Experience—Ms. Nadya Petra’s brother (Mr. Ghanim Basha)

5:00pm            End of second day of pre-departure orientation

Monday, June 21

9:00am            Workshop: Citizenship and National Identity in Jordan—Dr. Patricia Kubow

11:30am          Lunch

12:30pm          Workshop: Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities and Gender, Culture, and

Islam in Jordan—Dr. Patricia Kubow

1:30pm            Workshop: Gender, Culture, and Islam in Iran—Dr. Khani Begum, English Department, Bowling Green State University

3:30pm            Workshop: Integrating Near East Learning Into Lessons for the University and School Classroom (lesson template and guidelines)—Dr. Patricia Kubow

5:00pm            End of third day of pre-departure orientation

Tuesday, June 22

9:00am                        Travel to the mosque in Perrysburg, Ohio

10:00am          Visit at The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (mosque in Perrysburg), including guided tour and informational sessions—The Islamic Center Staff (Dr. Abdel-Wahab Soliman, Imam Farooq, Ms. Aneesa Shaheen, Dr. Iman Mohamed, and Dr. Mohammed Al-Nsour)

11:30am          Lunch

12:30am          Informational sessions at the mosque in Perrysburg—Dr. Abdel-Wahab Soliman, Public Relations Chair and Dr. Fatima Al-Hayani, Professor and Arabic Instructor at University of Toledo

5:00pm            End of fourth day of pre-departure orientation

Wednesday, June 23

9:00am                        Arabic Language, Culture, and Society—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

10:45am          Travel Logistics—Dr. Patricia Kubow

11:30am          Lunch

12:30pm          Workshop: Forced Migrations and Their Impact in Jordan—Dr. Bruce Collet

3:00pm            Workshop: Politics in Jordan and the Middle East—Dr. Marc Simon

5:00pm            End of fifth day of pre-departure orientation

Thursday, June 24

9:00am                        Workshop: Religious Diversity in Jordan—Dr. Bruce Collet

10:00am          Workshop: Islam, the People, and the State in Jordan—Dr. Bruce Collet

11:30am          Lunch with Fulbright scholar from Jordan, Ms. Taghreed Mahmoud Abu Sarhan (doctoral student, American Cultural Studies, Bowling Green State University)

12:30pm          Arabic Language, Culture, and Society—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

3:30pm            Workshop: Art Museums and Poets in Jordan—Dr. Patricia Kubow

4:00pm            Reflecting on Content Learned in Pre-departure Orientation and Explanation of Participant “Screen Shots” for the IRIS System—Dr. Patricia Kubow

5:00pm            End of sixth day of pre-departure orientation

Friday, June 25

9:00am                        Arabic Language, Culture, and Society—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

10:50am          Travel Logistics—Dr. Patricia Kubow

11:30am          Lunch

12:30pm          Arabic Language, Culture, and Society—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

2:00pm            Workshop: Personal Sharing of Learning Gained from Pre-departure Orientation—Dr. Patricia Kubow

3:30pm            Participant Sharing of Current Events in Jordan—Dr. Patricia Kubow

5:00pm            End of seventh day of pre-departure orientation

Monday, June 28

9:00am                        Participants Review Their Arabic Language Learning—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

11:30am          Lunch with Pastor Jerry Hunt (presentation of Christian worldview), Word of Truth Christian Center, Bowling Green

12:30pm          Arabic Language, Culture, and Society—Dr. Mohammed Darabie

2:30pm            Logistics Coordination for Overseas Seminar and Follow-On/Outreach Activities—Dr. Patricia Kubow

3:30pm            Participants assess their Arabic language learning skills

5:00pm            End of eighth day of pre-departure orientation

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