Arabic Teachers Council of the South

The Arabic Teachers Council of the South is an umbrella organization for K16 Arabic teachers and stakeholders interested in Arabic language and culture. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of Arabic educators, build community, expand programming, and pave new paths for 21st century Arabic assessment, curriculum, experiential learning, and pedagogy.

Upcoming Events

Fostering K20 Pipelines &
Forging New Paths for 21st Century TAFL

March 26th & 27th, 2022

Hybrid conference:
Virtual & In-person at Amana Academy & Alif Institute
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

In partnership with Qatar Foundation International, Atlanta Global Studies Center, Amana Academy, and Alif Institute, the Arabic Teachers Council of the South cordially invites you to attend our hybrid workshop Fostering K20 Pipelines & Forging New Paths for 21st Century TAFL. The event hosts top scholars in the field of Arabic curriculum and assessment.

The two-day event, held at Amana Academy and Alif Institute, will culminate in a professional development certificate endorsed by QFI, Georgia Department of Education, Atlanta Global Studies Center, Arabic Teachers Councils, Georgia Arabic Teachers Association, North Carolina Teachers Association, and many more. We look forward to seeing you all. If you are interested in attending in-person and need financial assistance, K12 instructors may consider the QFI Maharaat Grant for potential funding. To apply for the Maharaat Grant program, register for an account on QFI’s Grants Management Portal at

This event is made possible through support and funding from Qatar Foundation International (QFI). QFI is an educational organization based in Washington, DC, committed to advancing Arabic language teaching and learning. QFI supports innovative, research-based Arabic language programs and works to increase access to Arabic instruction for educators and students around the world. To learn more about QFI visit:

For more information about the event, please email Awad Awad, Arabic Teachers Council of the South Community Liaison at

To attend this networking event:

Step 1: You must fill out this form.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

9:00am – 5:00pm

9:00am – 9:05am
Welcome by the ATCS: Awad Awad

9:05am – 9:10am
Welcome by Amana Academy: Ehab Jaleel

9:10am – 9:30am
ACTFL Arabic SIG: Fadi AbuGhoush

9:30am- 10:45am
Arabiyyat al-Naas Academy: Munther Younes, Jonathan Featherstone, Hanada Masri, Lizz Huntley, Makda Weatherspoon

10:45am – 11:00am

11:00am – 12:15pm
National Arab Orchestra & Natakallam: Michael Ibrahim, Madison Sindorf

12:15pm – 1:15pm
ACTFL Standards & Curriculum Design: Ghazi AbuHakema

1:15pm – 3:15pm
LUNCH on your own at the Avalon or Downtown (w/ bus pick-up and drop-off)

3:15pm – 3:30pm

3:30pm – 4:45pm
STAMP & AAPPL Assessments: Wafa Hassan & Lina Kholaki

4:45pm – 5:00pm

5:00pm – 6:00pm
Depart to Alif Institute

6:00pm – 6:15pm
Tour of Alif: Alta Schwartz

6:15pm – 7:45pm
Dinner at Alif Institute

7:45pm – 7:55pm
Welcome by Atlanta Global Studies Center: Tony Lemieux

7:45pm – 7:50pm
Welcome by 
Alif Institute: Mouna Abdelhamid

7:55pm – 8:00pm
Introduction to Mahmud Al-Batal: Ghada Muhanna

8:00pm – 9:00pm
Keynote: Mahmud Al-Batal

9:00pm – 10:00pm
Tarab Sing-a-Long

Depart to Amana


Sunday, March 27, 2022

9:00am – 4:00pm

9:00am – 9:05am
Welcome by Atlanta Global Studies Center: Diana Wrenn Rapp

9:05am – 9:15am
Poetry Recital: Awad Awad

9:15am – 10:30am
Jusuur Arabic Language Program: Sarah Standish, Richard Cozzens, & Rana Abdul-Aziz

10:30am – 10:45am

10:45am – 12:00pm
National Network of Arab American Communities & Arab American Museum: Rima Mereouh & Diana Abouali

12:00pm – 12:45
Multilingualism and Translanguaging: Emma Trentman

1:00pm – 1:15pm

1:15pm – 2:15pm
Rethinking Arabic Literary History: Michael Cooperson

2:15pm – 3:30pm
Introducing the Arab World & Critical Intercultural Communication: Hassan Hussain & Awad Awad

3:30pm – 3:45pm
Georgia Department of Education: Patrick Wallace

Farewell & Departure

This conference is funded by Qatar Foundation International. 

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