There is this literary project I recently became aware of called "Great World Texts in Wisconsin" and next (academic - 2010-11) year's work is our own Arabian Nights.
It sounds like a really promising literary project which is based out of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Each year they pick a text and offer stipends to Wisconsin high school teachers who all agree to teach and focus on that text statewide in their classes at the same time during the school year.
Here is their website: http://www.humanities.wisc.edu/programs/great-texts/about.html
From the website: "The mission of the Great World Texts in Wisconsin program is to encourage more high school and university students to read the classic world texts of the humanities and to connect and engage UW faculty and high-school teachers across the state in this project. High school and college classes will participate in these projects throughout the year. Each program culminates in a student conference in the spring."
and also: "The Arabian Nights in Wisconsin: The Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison invites interested schools and teachers from across Wisconsin to join us in our year-long partnership program, The Arabian Nights in Wisconsin. Teachers and teams will be selected to participate in the sixth of our series of successful state-wide projects. The project aims to bring this classic text into high school classrooms throughout Wisconsin. Each team will receive a financial award, teaching support and materials, access to university resources, and opportunities to participate in two teacher colloquia, and a student conference. Program details are listed below, and information is available at www.humanities.wisc.edu."
Sounds like a very interesting project and I'll be eager to know how it turns out and how the final student conference/presentations go.