"About 20 years ago, ISNA created the Education Forum as a tool for professional development for people focusing on education in the Muslim community. The forum presents high quality information and training from experts in the field of education as well as Islamic values which form our foundation." Interim Executive Director Habibe Ali began her opening remarks at the 19th Annual ISNA Education Forum in Chicago, IL.
This year's forum, co-hosted by the Council of Islamic Schools of North America (CISNA), featured pre-conference workshops and targeted sessions for teachers, principles and administrators around the forum's theme - "Faith Based Education: A Source of Hope and Healing." The forum also featured networking sessions for teachers and administrators to meet each other and exchange ideas.
"The Education Forum is so important for teachers and administrators. When we're working in our schools, we began to feel a certain kind of isolation. The Education Forum is a great way to remind us there are other Islamic schools and gives us an opportunity to exchange best practices, resolve challenges together and build relationships." one attendee explained.