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Curriculum Based on the Sandstone Podcast

With a 2020 CLS Alum­ni Devel­op­ment Fund grant, Clara Hai­zlett (Ara­bic 2017) con­tin­ued the work she began on Sand­stone, a pod­cast project that explores the rela­tion­ship between the Arab World and Appalachia, which was orig­i­nal­ly sup­port­ed by a 2019 ADF grant. When the pan­dem­ic changed Clara’s orig­i­nal plans for her project, she was able to pro­duce sev­er­al extra episodes of the pod­cast and cre­ate a com­pre­hen­sive cur­ricu­lum inspired by the podcast. 

Based on inter­est from edu­ca­tors in using the pod­cast for edu­ca­tion­al pur­pos­es, Clara worked with var­i­ous edu­ca­tors on the design of the Sand­stone Cur­ricu­lum, a holis­tic, user-friend­ly, no-cost resource. The cur­ricu­lum empha­sizes crit­i­cal think­ing, active learn­ing, and cross-cul­tur­al dia­logue. Clara has dis­trib­uted the cur­ricu­lum wide­ly and is work­ing with PBS Learn­ing to guar­an­tee acces­si­bil­i­ty for edu­ca­tors with­in the region and beyond. 

I am so grate­ful to the CLS Alum­ni Devel­op­ment Fund for giv­ing me this oppor­tu­ni­ty. The Sand­stone project has changed my life and that is not an exag­ger­a­tion! Since grad­u­at­ing, I embarked on a career in jour­nal­ism — a career that I nev­er even con­sid­ered before pro­duc­ing Sand­stone. I have put my all into this project and I sin­cere­ly hope that both the pod­cast and cur­ricu­lum will pos­i­tive­ly impact stu­dents and edu­ca­tors with­in West Vir­ginia and beyond.”

Clara Haizlett
Arabic 2017

Posted Date

April 12, 2021