​18th Annual ISNA Education Forum

in collaboration with CISNA

This Event is Closed



Click here to view 2017 Education Forum Papers

April 14-16, 2017

Westin O’Hare
6100 N. River Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018

Preparing Islamic Schools for a Changing World

Knowledge, discoveries and innovations are expanding at an exponential rate. Studies show that 65% of today’s school children will be employed after they graduate college in jobs that don’t exist today. Our students will face challenges that we cannot foresee in both their faith and practice. Educators must be prepared to teach students to think critically, acquire knowledge independently and evaluate it from an Islamic prism. This year’s ISNA Education Forum program aims to provide educators with some tools and insights that will enable them to help their students develop into spiritual lifelong learners and problem solvers who are ready to contribute positively to the world that awaits them.

Meet the Inaugural Session Keynote Speaker:
Charles L. Glenn, EdD, PhD Professor emeritus of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 

Following two decades of state government responsibility for the educational rights of minority groups in Massachusetts, Glenn’s research has focused on the historical development of and comparative policies defining the role of government in relation to both justice and freedom in schooling. The title of his latest edited work with Jan De Groof, Balancing Freedom, Autonomy, and Accountability in Education (2012, four volumes and 100 authors covering 65 countries worldwide), captures well the primary focus of his policy work: finding the right balance among the freedom of parents to choose schools for their children, the professional autonomy of educators to create distinctive schools, and the role of government in ensuring that every child receives an effective education.

He is currently directing a study on citizenship education in Islamic secondary schools across the United States.

Conference Topics


  • Board Development
  • Conflict Resolution in School and Community
  • Data-Driven Academic Growth
  • Development/ Fundraising
  • Finance/Budget
  • Nurturing and Sustaining your Staff
  • School Climate
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transformational Leadership

Curriculum & Instruction:

  • Assessing and Addressing Special Needs Students
  • Best Practices in Differentiated Instruction
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Data Driven Academic Growth
  • Inquiry Based Instruction/Critical Thinking
  • Project Based Learning
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math)
  • Technology/Resources and Integration

Islamic Studies & Character Building:

  • An Effective Islamic Studies Curriculum
  • Confronting Today’s Challenges
  • Authentic Islamic Studies Instruction
  • Classroom Practices for Building the
  • Prophetic Character
  • Global Citizenship
  • Service Learning


  • Arabic for Non-Arabic Speakers
  • Teaching Arabic for Qur’anic Understanding


  • Sessions and Workshops
  • Pre-Conference Workshops (Friday 8.30 AM to 5 PM)
  • Evening Banquet with Award Presentation
  • Networking Session
  • Bazaar with variety of booths
  • Childcare Program


Safiyyah Mustafa (317) 838 8129 or convention@isna.net
(317) 839 1814 or programs@isna.net
Bazaar & Sponsorships
Anjum Khan (317) 838 8131 or akhan@isna.net
Matrimonial Banquet
Tabasum Ahmad (317) 838 8133 or matrimonial@isna.net