ISNA Announces Call for Papers for 12th Annual Education Forum 2011

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ISNA USA seeks qualified educators, researchers, and professionals to inspire and lead today’s educators and Islamic school professionals at the 12th Annual ISNA Education Forum.  The Forum will take place on April 22-24 in Rosemont, Illinois under the theme, “Understanding, Living, and Sharing Islam.”

ISNA is seeking presenters for the forum and is now accepting proposals for presentations through December 6, 2010.  All proposals must be grounded in practice, experience and supported by research.

“The Education Forum has enjoyed great feedback from past attendees and is one of the programs we look forward to developing the most each year.  It is a joy to work with today’s leading Islamic educators, scholars, and professionals as we all take part in developing our future leaders in their classrooms,” said ISNA Director of Programs Mukhtar Ahmad.

Theme: Understanding, Living, and Sharing Islam

April 22 – 24, 2011

Westin O’Hare Hotel
6100 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018, USA

Call for Proposal

Important dates:

  • Dec 10th 2010: Submit Abstracts/Proposals on-line
  • Dec 20th 2010: Receive Notification via email
  • Jan 31st 2011: Submit Completed Papers
  • Feb 21st 2011: Receive Feedback on papers from the Education Forum Program Committee

The 12th ISNA Education Forum is scheduled for April 22-24 in Rosemont, IL.

Proposals are solicited for presentations that are grounded in practical experience and supported by research. Preference will be given to papers that address the recommended topics.

Topics of Interest:

  • Islamic Integration and Environment
  • Using Thinking Strategies/Executive skills
  • Learning Assessment Models/Using Data to Drive Instruction
  • Effective Teaching Practices in Islamic Studies/Arabic
  • Group Dynamics: Working in Teams
  • Staff Evaluation/Supervision
  • Empower Stakeholders to Share Accountability for Student Success
  • Staff Professional Development (planning, conducting)
  • Arabic Language Instruction and Integration
  • Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Systematizing School Functions
  • Characteristics of High-Impact Boards and Board Members
  • Succession Planning
  • Best Financial Practices
  • Strategic Planning
  • School Development (includes fundraising and federal and state grants)
  • Student Support Services (tutoring, counseling, clubs…etc)
  • Nurturing Spirituality in our Schools

Consideration will be given to papers that:

  • Address the topics listed above
  • Propose interesting and practical solutions
  • Provide solutions with hands-on application
  • Provide material that can be utilized
  • Benefit a wide range of audience for schools that are operating at various stages of growth/development.

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Proposals must be submitted electronically using the electronic Proposal Submission Form. Please do not e-mail or “snail-mail” your proposal to ISNA Education Forum. If you have difficulty with the Proposal Submission Form, please contact ISNA at The electronic submission form contains detailed instructions. The form must be completed in its entirety, to be considered.

Note: All fields in the electronic form must be completed. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*). The form will not be considered by the ISNA Education Forum unless these fields contain complete and valid 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 may not exceed 50 words. The abstract is a brief summary of the full proposal (below). If the paper is selected for presentation at the forum, this abstract will appear in the conference program.
  • Proposal: This is the full description of the presentation. It should be much more detailed than the abstract. The Proposal may not exceed 500 words. Proposals that are too short and lack details may be denied. Description of the paper in outline format is an acceptable form for the proposal submission.
  • Targeted Audience: Who will benefit from this presentation?
  • Contact Information: Indicate a contact person regarding this proposal with whom ISNA can communicate. If the proposed session has only one speaker, then this person will also be the contact person. If there is more than one speaker, the contact person will serve as the liaison between ISNA and the rest of the speakers.
  • Speaker Information: Complete the information for at least one speaker. The speaker’s name and institution will appear in the conference program; the rest of the information will remain confidential.

It is advisable to print a copy of the proposal for your records. 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 a paper for publication in the program booklet.

Accommodations for Presenters:
Each presenter will be provided with shared hotel accommodation, meals, and complimentary conference registration. Speakers must be present for the full duration of the conference, from noon on Friday, April 22, 2011 until noon on Sunday, April 24th, 2011.

If you have any further questions, please call or e-mail

Department of Program Development and Educational Services

317-839-8157 Ext. 231 or 225

Testimonials from Education Forum Attendees:
“I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with so many wonderful brothers and sisters who are at the forefront of the Islamic education in North America”.

“The education forum offers great professional development and networking opportunities”.

“This forum is a wonderful platform with relevant and applicable topics and sessions”.

“I just wanted to congratulate the ISNA education forum planning committee for a wonderful job. MashaAllah!”

”With deepest appreciation to those who have made the education forum a great success”.

For More Information Contact:

Registration and Housing: (317)-839-8157 ext. 129 or
Bazaar and Sponsorship: (317)-839-8157 ext. 244 or
Program & Speakers : (317)-839-8157 ext. 231 or
Fax: (317)-839-1822

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