Education Forum Call for Proposals

19th Annual ISNA Education Forum

In Collaboration with CISNA

March 30 – April 1, 2018 Westin O’Hare Hotel 6100 N. River Road Rosemont, IL 60018

Submission Period for Abstracts/Proposals Online is Now Closed

Faith Based Education: A Source for Hope and Healing 

Islamophobia, gun violence, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, refugee displacement, and dysfunctional families impact the lives of children entering schools and classrooms every day. Whether the students are directly or indirectly impacted, educators face the challenge of providing them with a safe, supportive learning environment; a learning environment that maintains hope and promotes healing. This year’s Education Forum intends to guide educators in addressing the spiritual as well as the academic needs of students. The Prophet (SAW) stated in his Farewell Sermon, “I leave with you two sources, the Qur’an and my Sunnah…” Hope and healing comes from these two sources. With the Qur’an and Sunnah as the influencing factors in each presentation, educators will learn to cultivate simultaneously the spirit and the mind for student success.

 Request for Proposals

The ISNA Education Forum Programming Committee invites you to submit a presentation proposal for the 19th Annual ISNA Education Forum to be held in Rosemont, Illinois. Be a part of a conference that promotes excellence in Islamic education and provides an exceptional experience in professional development, networking, and effective leadership. The Program Committee is seeking proposals for workshops that incorporate as many of the following elements as appropriate:
  • Feature a presenter with expertise in the topic area
  • Demonstrate processes used in educational programs
  • Address and/or elaborate on a theory or practice in education
  • Cultivate professional leadership skills
  • Incorporate case examples
  • Provide practical, relevant “take-aways”
Sessions are 90 minutes in length and are open to all conference participants, with audience sizes ranging from 15-40. An effective session covers one topic in depth, rather than giving an overview of many topics, and is interactive and engaging.


  • Submit Abstracts/Proposals Online: November 7, 2017
  • Approval and Feedback from the Committee November 20, 2017
  • Deadline to Submit Completed Presentation: January 2, 2018

SUGGESTED TOPICS (Not an Inclusive List):

  • 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
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
  • Teaching Arabic to Diverse Learners
  • Teaching Arabic for Proficiency
  • Teaching Arabic for Special Purposes (religious, academic purposes, etc)
  • Teaching Arabic with Effective Strategies
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


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 The form must be completed in its entirety to be considered. The proposal due by November 7, 2017, 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. PRESENTATION OUTLINE: 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. 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 of the proposed speaker(s). If selected, the speaker(s) bio will appear in the conference program and should not exceed 125 words. The bio should include educational background, professional experience, and career highlights. 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. ACCOMMODATIONS FOR PRESENTERS One presenter per session will be provided with shared hotel accommodations, 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. ISNA reserves the right to make any necessary changes.
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