CHICAGO — The ISNA Education Forum 2011 took place at the Westin O’Hare Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, USA on April 22–24, 2011. The 3-day forum was hosted by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) in collaboration with the Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA).
The conference gathered over 500 full-time Islamic school teachers from across North America. The Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP), an online teacher training program for Islamic schools, made its second appearance at the forum by launching its a new offering of the program.
“There is a lot of buzz about this program right now” said Hamzah Moin (Brand Manager, ITEP). “A lot of teachers heard great things about the program last year and were excited that we’re opening up another cohort.”
Razi’s Director of Education, Dr. Nadeem Memon, and Director of Curriculum Development, Shaykh Ramzy Ajem presented a workshop titled Prophetic Pedagogy: Teaching “Islamically” in our Classrooms. The workshop explored key aspects of the teaching practice of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him).
The sessions throughout the weekend had a common theme: “Understanding, Living, and Sharing Islam”. The forum helped attendees reflect on the purpose of our schools and the importance of educators having self-awareness in order to face the challenges in their daily life. Participants shared their experiences, learned new approaches and practices, and came away with renewed inspiration and enthusiasm to carry on their important assignments of educating students.
About ITEP – The Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP) is an online professional development program designed specifically for full-time teachers in Islamic schools. The program was developed by Razi in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).