20th Annual ISNA Education Forum

in collaboration with CISNA

April 19 – April 21, 2019
Westin O’Hare Hotel
6100 N. River Road Rosemont, IL 60018


Integrating Social Justice in Islamic Education

“…make us righteous leaders”– al-Furqan (25:74)

“O My servants, I have forbidden oppression for Myself and have made it forbidden amongst you, so do not oppress one another.”  Hadith Kudsi

Allah will not wrong His servants and will not accept His servants to be wronged. Justice is the foundation of Islam; it encompasses all that we are and all that we do. How do we implement justice? How do we teach justice to our students?

The ISNA Education Forum Programming Committee invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 20th Annual ISNA Education Forum to be held in Rosemont, Illinois on the topic of “Integrating Social Justice in Islamic Education; Ensuring equal access to success for all students, parents, and teachers.”

Be a part of the most widely attended conference that promotes excellence in Pre-K-12th-grade education and provides an exceptional experience in professional development, networking, and effective leadership, especially designed for Islamic full-time and weekend schools.

Banquet Keynote Speaker: Mehdi Hasan

Mehdi Hasan is the award-winning presenter of ‘UpFront’ and ‘Head to Head’ on Al Jazeera English, born and brought up in the UK but now based in Washington D.C. He is the former political director of The Huffington Post UK, a regular contributor to the New York Times and the Guardian and the author of two books. Mehdi has been included in the annual list of the 500 ‘most influential’ Muslims in the world and his Oxford Union speech on Islam and peace went viral in 2013, amassing several million views online. He has interviewed, among others, Edward Snowden, Ehud Olmert, Imran Khan, and General  Michael Flynn.

Preconference Workshop:

  • Arabic Preconference Workshop: The Wonderful World of Reading: Enhance Communication, Writing, and Speaking Skills – Lina Kholaki, Hala Alfi, Nacheda Baroud Tizani, Lina Aljijakli, & Youcef Mansouri
  • Curriculum and Instruction Preconference Workshop: The State of Civics, Social Justice, and Democratic Education –  Jessica A. Heybach
  • Principal Bootcamp Preconference Workshop
  • Leadership Preconference Workshop
  • Islamic Studies Preconference Workshop
  • Qur’an Teachers Preconference Workshop: Nuraniya Methods with Dalia El-Deeb

4 Main Tracks (Not an Inclusive List):


  • Best Practices for Effective School Board Development
  • Communication Strategies for School and Community
  • Understanding Data-Driven Academic Growth
  • Development/ Fundraising Planning
  • Finance/Budget Projections
  • Nurturing and Sustaining with Staff Development
  • School Climate Analysis and Remediation
  • Strategic Planning Initiatives
  • Transformational Leadership and Planning for Change

Islamic Studies & Character Building

  • An Effective Islamic Studies Curriculum Working with Today’s Challenges
  • Islamic Studies Instruction Using Authentic Resources and Methods
  • Classroom Practices for Building the Prophetic Character 
  • Global Citizenship and Stewardship of Our Planet
  • Service Learning for All
  • Promoting Mental Wellness and Resilience Through Our Faith


  • Arabic Language Differentiation for Diverse Levels of Learners
  • Teaching Arabic for Qur’anic Understanding and Hadith History
  • Teaching Arabic in a Student-Centered Classroom
  • Supplemental Sources for Arabic Integration at School and Home
  • Expanding Arabic Applications in Students’ Lives

Curriculum & Instruction

  • Assessing and Addressing Special Needs Students
  • Best Practices in Differentiated Instruction
  • Data-Driven Academic Growth
  • Inquiry-Based Instruction/Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning and Authentic Assessments
  • Social/Emotional Learning Standards in Practice
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) in Your School
  • Technology: Resources, Integration, and Effectiveness


Registration and Housing: (317) 839-8157 ext. 129 or convention@isna.net 
Bazaar and Sponsorship: (317) 839.8157 ext. 244 or akhan@isna.net 
Program & Presenters: (317) 839.8157 ext. 814 or programs@isna.net