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:

  • Enhancing Arabic Reading Skill Through Using an E-cloud Program
  • Presenters: Lina Kholaki, Hala Alfi, and Nacheda Baroud Tazani
  • Nurturing Faith and Dismantling Doubt-The Role of the Muslim Educator
  • Presenter: Hatem Al-Haj, Ph.D.
  • The Power of Positive Relationships in School Environment
  • Presenters: Necva Ozgur, Leila Shatara, and Safaa Zarzour
  • Helping Principals Rise to the Next Level
  • Presenters: Patricia Salahuddin, Sufia Azmat, and William White
  • A Democratic Education Curriculum for Islamic Schools
  • Presenters: Jessica Heybach, Ph.D., Wafa Mohamad
  • Bring Your Students Closer to the Holy Qur’an

4 Main Tracks (Not an Inclusive List):


  • Higher Education for a Higher Purpose – Omar Qureshi
  • Best Practices for Effective School Board Development- Mussarut Jabeen
  • Creating A Positive School Climate Through Remembrance  Leila H. Shatara
  • Teaching about Religion in a Polarized Age –  Benjamin Marcus and Usra Ghazi
  • Islamic Schools: Are They Preparing Children for Life Ahead? Faiqa Mahmood
  • Screen Addictions and a Model for Islamic Institutions to Lead the Path Building a Screen-Smart Community – Murat Ozturk

Islamic Studies & Character Building

  • Islamic Schools as Change-ABLE Organizations: Research-Based Strategies – Sadeq Al-Hasan and Susan Labadi
  • Classroom Practices for Building the Prophetic Character-  Hafiz Ikhlas Ansari and Jahangir Mahmud
  • Religious and Civic Identity Development through Purposeful Projects: The case of Project Wayfinder-  Murat Ozturk
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom: Teaching Children Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation – Wadud Hassan and Leiya Hasan
  • AADAPT: An Islamic Based Behavior and Character Education Program – Sabura Rashad


  • Are You Ready with A Plan B -Fatima Raafat
  • Applying Methods of Bilingual Education to Improve Mastery of Arabic Language Instruction – Rehenuma Asmi
  • Challenges and Strategies to Improve Classical Arabic Language Instruction – Walid Hawana
  • Innovative Strategies in Teaching Arabic Through Social Justice Concepts – Sanaa Jouejati
  • Articulation Points of Arabic Letters – Norma Abu-Tarboush

Curriculum & Instruction

  • How To Shape A Kind Human (because it’s possible) – Kaitlin Montgomery and Amina Zouhri
  • National Center for Education Statistics: Your Data Partner in Improving Educational Outcomes – Dr. James “Lynn” Woodworth
  • You Are the Curriculum: The Art of Influence – Arshad Anwar
  • Islamic Myths Exposed: Advocating for Inclusive spaces for Exceptional Learners – Sabria Mills
  • Using Performance Tasks to Address Social Justice – Tahsina Siddiqui and Aisha Ashraf
  • Strategies for Struggling Readers – Reshelle Abdul-Malik
  • Islamic Reproductive and Sexual Health Education – Amber Khan, MD
  • Deen for ALL: an Introduction to Inclusive Islamic Learning – Nadiya Shafi, MD
  • Science Done Right! Hands On, Minds On! – Qamar Madani
  • Developing Critical Thinking Skills to Foster Autonomy and Authentic Learning – Sufia Azmat
  • Teaching Social Justice and Islamic Values in the Social Studies Classroom – Kalthoom Bouderdaben
  • Using Technology in Mathematics Classrooms to Promote Equity – Reema Alnizami and Nikki Rana
  • Transforming into Inquiry-Based Classrooms –  Rasha El-Haggan
  • Social Justice Warriors –  Rania Lawendy and Asma Ahmadi
  • Language, Literacy & Culture of Minority Students in the Classroom – Aamena Saleh
  • Teaching Them Where They Are:  Differentiation Tools & Techniques – Linda Qatanani and Narjis Nichole Abdul-Majid
  • Fostering Meaningful Academic Classroom Conversations – Patricia Hanson

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