Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Third Annual Isna West Coast Education Forum

Magazine article Islamic Horizons

Third Annual Isna West Coast Education Forum

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THE THIRD ANNUAL ISNA WEST COAST EDUCATION FORUM, "Empowering Educators to Prepare Students for the Future" was held Jan. 17 and 18 in Anaheim, Calif. More than 250 educators and board members attended.

The forum provided a platform for professional development and networking and covered topics such as: achieving excellence in schools, character education, conflict resolution, differentiated learning and teaching Arabic.

There was an array of inspiring speakers, including renowned educator Sheikh Abdalla Idris Ali, Habeeb Quadri, principal of Chicago's MCC school, Necva Ozgur, president of MERIT and chair of the ISNA West Coast Education Forum, Sufia Azmat, executive director of CISNA, Jihad Turk, president of Bayan College and ISNA west zone officer, and Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Shura Council of Southern California.

Among the sessions was a special track centered on board leadership, which discussed a board's role in fundraising, legal issues facing Islamic schools, and strategic board development. Attendees also enjoyed a networking luncheon and a wrap-up session to provide overall feedback about the forum.

A separate matrimonial banquet for single Muslims in the area also was organized during the event.

The forum concluded with a celebration banquet honoring one of the community's most endeared members, Dr. Maher Hathout, and recognizing the unsung heroes among our educators.

Hathout, a retired physician best known for his tireless commitment to public service and a prominent international figure, received the ISNA Community Hero Award. …

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