About the ACMCU Educational Outreach Program

1. What does the ACMCU Educational Outreach Program offer, when, and to whom?

  • Georgetown’s ACMCU offers half-day and full-day professional development workshops to public & private schools, outreach centers and other community organizations in the United States and Canada.
  • Workshop content is  based on customizable presentation modules linked to teaching resources.
  • The programs are offered year round by arrangement to suit organizations’ needs, in your state, city or district.
  • ACMCU acts as a co-sponsor of the workshop, but local organizations provide the venue, advertise the event and register attendees. One organization is sufficient to host the program, but many successful workshops have gathered together multiple sponsors, such as a school and a university center or education department, or a community organization. School systems and university centers often provide professional development clock hours or credits as an incentive for educators’ attendance.

2. What is the cost of the program to hosting institutions?

  • The ACMCU pays the presenter’s honorarium, travel and accommodations, and provides attendees with a Teacher Resource CD. A lunch allowance is provided by arrangement.

3. What are the responsibilities of the hosting institution?

  • The host organization takes care of advertising and registering a minimum of 25 confirmed attendees, provides the venue (a comfortable room for the program), A-V hookups by arrangement, limited photocopies for the immediate workshop activities, and light refreshments for program breaks.

4. How can the ACMCU Educational Outreach Program meet my school or institution’s professional development goals?

  • Academic standards across the country require teaching about the world’s religions and cultures, as well as those religions and cultures represented in the United States and Canada. Before embarking on content, it is important to build a “comfort zone” in teaching about religion by learning about the constitutional guidelines and their implications for classroom activities and instructional materials. In addition, teachers interact daily with students, parents and colleagues of diverse backgrounds. Acquiring both working knowledge and teachable content knowledge is the objective of the program. Instructional methodologies are illustrated in the variety of lessons featured in the modules.

5. What professional development areas are covered by the ACMCU Educational Outreach Program?

  • The program modules offered cover a wide range of curricular areas related to academic standards in social studies, history, geography, world religions that relate to Islam and Muslim history within a world history context (i.e. cross-cultural interactions among multiple societies and across disciplines). Two brief introductory modules on teaching about religion and frameworks for teaching about the world can be included. All of the modules can also be modified to suit specific program goals.

6. How can my organization schedule a workshop?

  • Visit the Georgetown ACMCU website at http://acmcu.georgetown.edu/workshops and read about the program details, content modules, and requirements. Download a Workshop Request Form and fill it out, attaching it to an e-mail to SusanD@cmcuworkshops.net . Organizers are also welcome to e-mail or call at 703-442-0638 to answer any questions. Initiating the process via e-mail, however, avoids “telephone tag.” E-mails are usually answered the next day. As planning proceeds, we will be in phone contact.

7. How do we develop the workshop program agenda?

  • Once the type of workshop and the date are set, organizers study the module descriptions and discuss them with colleagues. For this stage, a phone conversation to clarify and fine-tune the content is helpful. In filling out the workshop request form, make initial selections of the presentation modules. A checklist of modules and guide for choosing are provided. Don’t worry about program timing yet.

8. How do I advertise the event and register attendees?

  • Most organizations create a flier with their own logo and other features reflecting their mission. A brief bio of the presenter is available, and organizations may use both their own sponsoring organization and the Georgetown ACMCU as co-sponsorship. Workshop announcements/fliers are typically sent to e-mail lists or bulletin boards and posted in physical locations.

9. When should the host organization begin registering attendees, and what registration information should be gathered on attendees?

  • Registration should begin at least one month before the event to register the minimum number of 25 confirmed attendees. It is best to exceed the minimum to ensure good attendance. It is important to know a week ahead of time at least how many are registered, so as to prepare handouts and make sure seating and refreshments are adequate.
  • If the hosts are casting a wide net for teachers and other education professionals (counselors, administrators, etc.), it will help ensure a successful program if the registration process collects information on the grade level and subject taught, and a few words about the interests of the registrant in attending. Some organizations enter this information into a list or spreadsheet and provide it to the presenter. It is essential to know what the audience needs and expects to gain. If the group is a known faculty team, this is not necessary.

10. Can the ACMCU program provide lunch? For how many attendees, and at what cost?

  • An allowance of ca. $11/person is provided for lunch for full-day workshops only, and is aimed at a group size of between 25-35. If the group is larger, approval is necessary. The organization must provide receipts, and will be reimbursed by check after the event has been invoiced, or by prior arrangement.

11. What tasks does the host organization need to do to conduct a successful workshop? Use this checklist:

____ Availability of the presenter must be confirmed via e-mail or phone at least a month in advance. The venue must be booked and confirmed for the workshop date before registration can begin. It is best to have an alternate date in mind when planning starts.
____   Once date and venue are confirmed, it is important to begin planning and advertising the program in a timely manner. If an insufficient number of attendees has registered by two weeks before the program, it may be cancelled.
____   Indicate the nearest airport and suggest accommodations in a reasonably priced hotel near the venue, and confirm arrangements for the presenter’s transportation from hotel to venue on that day.
____  Lunch catering and break refreshments have been priced and ordered, pickup or delivery arranged to coincide with lunchtime, keeping food handling safety in mind.
____  Handouts have been received from presenter (mail or download) and copies made.
____  The program and timing have been set, the room arranged with seating/tables, board/paper + markers, and A-V equipment, or hookups arranged as discussed with presenter.
____  Encourage attendees to come on time, and begin promptly at start time. It is the host’s responsibility to assign someone to welcome the attendees and introduce the presenter (bio can be downloaded or requested from presenter in short form).
____  End on time and make arrangements to clear the venue as required by building management.