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8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration & Networking
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Caroline Robinson & Emma Harver, UNC-Chapel Hill
Ann Marie Gunter, NC Department of Public Instruction World Languages
9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote Session: “Technology to Make Learning Fun and Inspire Connections to the Arab World”
Fadi Abughoush
Lindblom Math & Science Academy
10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. K-12 Focus

“Creative Arts Techniques for the K-12 Classroom: Incorporating Song, Poetry, Play and Yoga!”
Caroline Robinson
UNC-Chapel Hill

Higher Education Focus

“New Perspectives in Teaching Al-Kitaab”
Amal Boumazza & Badr Badr
Duke University

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. K-12 Focus

“Best Practices in Teaching Arabic at the K-12 Level”
Farida Badr
Defense Critical Language and Culture Program, University of Montana, Fort Bragg, NC

Higher Education Focus

“Creatively Overcoming Challenges in the Arabic Classroom”
Tara Di Cassio
North Carolina State University

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Facilitated Discussion Groups
3:45 – 5:00 p.m. Performance by the North Carolina Middle Eastern Music Ensemble


9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session: “Arabic Language at NC Virtual”
Danielle Richardson and Ellen Hart
NC Virtual
9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Review ATC Models & Vote on Council Structure
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Vote on Members of NCATC board & Concluding Discussion
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Departures
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Meeting with Elected NCATC Board Members



KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Mr. Fadi Abughough

Mr. Fadi Abughoush has worked in the field of Public Education at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) for the past 14 years. He played a vital role in creating, managing and expanding the World Language curriculum at Lindblom Math & Science Academy. As the department chair, he oversees the Arabic and Chinese language program at Lindblom. Fadi Abughoush is a leader in World Language Education, spearheading Comprehensible Input in his field. Since 2008, Fadi Abughoush has been teaching Arabic as a foreign language to students from grades 8 through 12. In his role at Lindblom, he developed and implemented an Arabic language curriculum and also takes pride in incorporating aspects of Arab culture (including music, art, film, poetry, literature, and cuisine) throughout his teaching and work with students. At Lindblom, he helped establish Chicago’s first Arabic V course (during the 2014-15 school year). In addition to serving as the current Administrator in the World Language Department at Lindblom, Mr. Abughoush is heavily involved in several other programs. He is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board for Al- Masdar and is the Co-founder of #arabiclangchat on Twitter. He is a board member of the Chicago Arabic Teacher’s Council, and is the Chair for the Arabic Special Interest Group at ACTFL. Previously, he was part of a team who created the WL Guidance Document for all Chicago Public Schools. Mr. Abughoush, has travelled with students several times over the course of his career. In March 2014, and 2016 he led Lindblom’s Arabic debate team to the International schools Arabic Debate Championship Competition in Doha, Qatar. In 2017 and 2018, he travelled with students to Amman, Jordan for the annual Arab Youth Congress and last Spring Break he led a group of students to Morocco on a week long cultural excursion.

Ann Marie Gunter is the World Languages Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, where she focuses on initiatives involving the professional development, support, and implementation of the proficiency-based North Carolina World Language Essential Standards. In 2020, she was recognized as the NCSSFL State Supervisor of the Year for her servant leadership to the field at the state, regional, and national level. Ann Marie is also involved with projects that build the pipeline of language teachers, like the STARTALK Multi-State Pathways to Teaching Institute, so that more students can learn more languages.
Caroline Robinson is Assistant Teaching Professor of Arabic at UNC Chapel Hill. She also works as a high school virtual language teacher for the World of Learning Institute. Previously, she was a first and second grade Arabic immersion teacher in Houston, Texas, teaching math, science, and Arabic language arts. She has also served as the residential life coordinator, teacher and program director at the Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Arabic program. Caroline’s professional passions include studying and implementing creative arts techniques for language acquisition K-16 classrooms.  She hopes to offer ideas and methods that creatively push the boundaries of traditional Arabic language instruction. Caroline is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, with bachelor’s degrees in Arabic and French, as well as the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she earned her master’s in teaching Arabic as a second language. She aims to develop and expand Arabic language programs at the K-12 level in North Carolina.

Amal Boumazza
is an Arabic Language lecturing Fellow at the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department, Duke University. Her interest is second language acquisition and culture. She obtained an MA of Art from Duke University focusing on War in Iraqi Feminist Writing. She has also worked at the Middlebury Summer Arabic Language School.
Badr Badr is a visiting instructor of Arabic in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, and an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the Faculty of Education at Ain Shams University, Egypt. He is a specialist in education and language teaching. Badr obtained a M.A and Ph. D in Education focusing on language teaching and assessment. He has taught language programs in a variety of national and international contexts, including as a visiting scholar at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada, language program director at the Education Development Fund, teacher trainer at The American University in Cairo, and language instructor at the French University in Cairo, among others. Badr’s areas of research include language teaching, culture, the development of Arabic language teaching, and language teaching and assessment.
Farida Badr is an expert in teaching Arabic as a foreign language and Associate professor of Arabic. Dr. Badr is affiliated with the University of Montana, University of Johns Hopkins, University of South Carolina, UNC-CH, Campbell University, Middlebury College, and Monterey Institute. She is also affiliated with Aarhus University in Denmark and the AUC, Egypt. At the K-12 level, Dr. Badr is affiliated with NC Virtual, Concordia Language Villages, and the STARTALK programs at Queens University and Penn-State University. She is an ACTFL OPI certified tester of Arabic with full certification and placement coordinator. Dr. Badr is dedicated to the profession and her students; she was awarded the “Appreciation Certificate of Dedication” from students at UNC-CH, in addition to appreciation certificates from the American University in Indiana, Sabeel Institute, Jordan, and ACTFL CAEP accreditation for foreign languages programs.
Tara Di Cassio is a Lecturer of Arabic Language and Culture in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at North Carolina State University. Tara also serves as Co-Director and On-Site director for the NC State Jordan Study Abroad program at the Qasid Arabic Institute in Amman. In addition, she serves as a Program Instructor and Cultural Advisor for the Project GO Program at NC State and has taught introductory courses concerning the contemporary processes of Globalization in the Program of International Studies at NC State. Tara comes to the Arabic teaching field after earning her MA in Global Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and extensive in-country experience and language training supported by several prestigious fellowships including The David L. Boren Fellowship 2014-2015, Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA I) Fellowship 2016-2017, and The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship 2017-2018. In 2021, Tara became the Program Strategist for Yallah AlQuds, a virtual collaborative platform for bilingual exchange for Advanced Arabic students and young Palestinians which grew out of the need for language practice and cultural exchange after study abroad programs were cancelled amidst the pandemic.
Danielle Richardson has been teaching Spanish for 20 years in the state of North Carolina. She received her B.A. in Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her Master’s degree in teaching languages from the University of Southern Mississippi. She moved into teaching online 16 years ago and loves everything about online learning. She teaches Spanish face to face at Davidson Davie Community College as well as Spanish online with North Carolina Virtual. Danielle is also an Instructional Leader with NCVirtual and works with Arabic teachers and coaches. She has created study abroad programs in Costa Rica and Spain for community college students and thoroughly enjoys traveling.
Ellen Hart is the World Languages Instructional Director for the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). She is responsible for teacher retention and recruitment and for managing World Language, Career & Technical Education, and Computer Science courses.  The programs that have been or currency are under her direction include Career & Technical Education, Success 101, Arts Education, World Languages, Computer Science, Peer Tutoring Center, and Flex Learning. Throughout her professional journey, she has been able to travel to Germany, Colombia, Japan, and China to learn more about global education. One of these trips gave her the opportunity to deliver her first keynote speech at the 1st International Symposium on Bilingual Education in Bogota, Colombia, South America.