For Educators

The Arab American National Museum (AANM) sees itself as a resource for enhancing the understanding of Arab American history, arts, culture and contributions. AANM creates and promotes educational content for use by teachers both locally and nationally. For more information, please contact Dave Serio, Educator & Public Programming Specialist, at dserio “at”

  • In many instances, lesson plans often don’t share the experiences and educational component of different groups, including Arab Americans. AANM has a variety of educational lesson plans for educators to utilize in their classroom. Our lesson plans consist of content that educates classrooms about Arab Americans without excluding the story and history of other communities.  
  • All AANM lesson plans are linked with the Michigan Department of Education’s K-12 grade level content expectation standards in Social Studies, English & Language Arts and World Languages.

AANM Lesson Plans

Created in conjunction with Ann Arbor public school teachers and AANM, this Culture Box is available to educators for free. The box includes interactive and educational items including musical instruments, literature and more.

AANM invites educators from far and wide to attend one of our Educator Open House sessions. Here, educators in all fields will get a glimpse into the educational offerings of AANM and resources that can be used in their classroom.  

  • AANM offers professional development opportunities for educators of all backgrounds. Spanning the course of a day or two, educators will have the opportunity to learn about the Arab American community’s history and culture through a series of workshops, panel discussions, arts and cultural programming and much more.
  • Workshops allow educators to obtain unique AANM lesson plans along with cultural and educational knowledge on Arab Americans, have a safe space for questions and dialogue with experts in the field and discover useful resources to use in the classroom. 

These family stories are created in the Community History Studio at AANM. Participants can use the studio to scan copies of photos and documents, record audio and combine their words and images in a digital scrapbook.

Watch Digital Scrapbooks

Written by acclaimed author and researcher Randa Kayyali with AANM, this introductory-level, 52-page book offers an overview of Arab American immigration history, including the recent influx of immigrants, and touches on the themes of religion, cultural traditions and the impact of media stereotyping. It includes graphs, maps and historical images of the Arab American community, many never before published.

Made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

This traveling exhibition is comprised of eight retractable banners that highlight the exhibitions of the Arab American National Museum and is available for educators to use in their classrooms. Through this traveling exhibition, individuals will explore the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans. 

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