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

Call for Proposals

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.

The Program Committee is seeking proposals for sessions that incorporate as many of the following elements as appropriate:

  • Feature a presenter with expertise in the topic
  • Demonstrate research-based processes used in educational programs
  • Address and/or elaborate on a theory or practice in education
  • Are interactive and engaging for a wide range of schools
  • Incorporate strategies with case examples to provide solutions
  • Feature practical, relevant “take-aways”

Sessions are 90 minutes in length and are open to all conference participants, with audience sizes ranging from 20-60. An effective session covers one topic in depth, rather than giving an overview of many topics, and is interactive and engaging.


IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Submit Abstracts/Proposals Online:   Through November 26, 2018
  • Deadline to Submit Completed Presentation/Paper: January 7, 2019

SUGGESTED TOPICS in our 4 Main Tracks (Not an Inclusive List):

Administration/Leadership

  • 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/Qur’an

  • 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

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION:

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the Electronic Proposal Submission Form (below). Please do not e-mail or snail-mail your proposal to ISNA Education Forum.

If you have difficulty with the Electronic Proposal Submission Form, please contact ISNA at programs@isna.net. The form must be completed in its entirety to be considered. The proposal due by November 26, 2018 consists of:

  • Abstract
  • Presentation Outline
  • Target audience
  • Brief speaker bio
  • Contact information

TITLE OF PROPOSED SESSION:
The Title of the proposal should not exceed ten (10) words and should capture the essence of the presentation.

ABSTRACT:
The abstract is a brief summary of the full proposal. Describe what you will be doing in the session and what the participants can expect to take away. The abstract may not exceed 75 words. If the proposal is selected for presentation at the forum, this abstract will appear in the conference program.PROPOSAL

DESCRIPTION OR  OUTLINE:
This is a description of the presentation or an outline that adequately indicates the scope and rationale of your presentation. It should also cite some of the sources you intend to use as references for your formal paper, which will be published by ISNA for your peers. The proposal outline may not exceed 500 words and should include evidence that your presentation will be interactive and have functional and implementable take-away content. All presentation outlines must include a list of relevant and up to date sources.

TARGET AUDIENCE:
Who will benefit from this presentation? Teachers, Administrators, Board Members? Grade levels? Proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?

BRIEF SPEAKER BIO
Submit a brief bio for the proposed speaker(s). If selected, the speaker(s) bio will appear in the conference program and should not exceed 75 words. The bio should include educational background, professional experience, and current professional activities. ISNA reserves the right to edit bios that exceed the maximum word limit.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
Indicate a contact person with whom ISNA can communicate. If there is more than one speaker, the contact person will serve as the liaison between ISNA and the other speaker.

Upon its submission, your proposal will be reviewed for completeness, and the contact person will receive a confirmation e-mail. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified. If the proposal is accepted, the presenter will be asked to submit:

  • Complete paper/PowerPoint
  • Annotated bibliography


AUDIO VISUAL/INTERNET
Projectors and screens will be provided in every room. One microphone will be provided. Additional microphones may be available upon request. Presenters should bring their own laptops. Please note that internet access is not available in the session rooms.  Please make sure to download any necessary materials beforehand or bring your own hotspot.

HANDOUTS
Your presentation submissions will be made available on the ISNA website.  Handouts are the responsibility of presenters. Alternatively, web links for content may be shared with the audience in lieu of handouts, and ideally, they will be published in the formal paper provided to ISNA by the deadline of January 7, 2019

ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PRESENTERS
One presenter per session will be provided with a shared hotel accommodation, meals, and complimentary conference registration. Co-presenters are required to register and arrange for their hotel room.

PLEASE NOTE: Speakers MUST be present for the duration of the conference.


2018 Education Forum Call for Proposals
Indicate a contact person regarding this proposal with whom ISNA can communicate. If there is more than one speaker, the contact person will serve as the liaison between ISNA and the other speaker.
Who will benefit from this presentation? Teachers, Administrators, Board Members? Grade levels? Proficiency levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)?
The Title of the proposal should not exceed ten (10) words and should capture the essence of the presentation.
The abstract is a brief summary of the full proposal. Describe what you will be doing in the session and what the participants can expect to take away. The abstract may not exceed 75 words. If the proposal is selected for presentation at the forum, this abstract will appear in the conference program.
This is a description of the presentation. The proposal outline may not exceed 500 words. All presentation outlines must include a list of relevant and up to date sources.
Submit a brief bio for the proposed speaker(s). If selected, the speaker(s) bio will appear in the conference program and should not exceed 125 words. Bio should include educational background, professional experience and career highlights. ISNA reserves the right to edit bios that exceed the maximum word limit.Sample: _____(Name)_______________ holds a BA in __(subject)______ from __ (name of school) _ University, and a ____(degree)____ in __(subject)______ from __(name of school)_ University. She/He is a certified teacher and has ____ years of experience teaching _______ to students in grades ____ through __(grade)__. Ms./Mr. ____________ has been the ___(job title)____ for ___(name of organization)__ and has been affiliated with _________ since __(date)__. Currently, she/he works as the __(title)__ at the __(name of organization)___.
(Please Note: We do not provide registration or hotel for co-presenters)
Submit a brief bio for the proposed speaker(s). If selected, the speaker(s) bio will appear in the conference program and should not exceed 125 words. Bio should include educational background, professional experience and career highlights. ISNA reserves the right to edit bios that exceed the maximum word limit.Sample: _____(Name)_______________ holds a BA in __(subject)______ from __ (name of school) _ University, and a ____(degree)____ in __(subject)______ from __(name of school)_ University. She/He is a certified teacher and has ____ years of experience teaching _______ to students in grades ____ through __(grade)__. Ms./Mr. ____________ has been the ___(job title)____ for ___(name of organization)__ and has been affiliated with _________ since __(date)__. Currently, she/he works as the __(title)__ at the __(name of organization)___.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL OR E-MAIL
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