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Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools

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Hamline University

1536 Hewitt Avenue

East Hall Room 105

Saint Paul, MN 55104

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This is a one of kind training course! If you teach Muslim students do not miss it!

This seminar will increase teachers' background knowledge and cultural competency of Muslim students. Further, it will provide teachers with narratives and perspectives that are currently absent in the educational curricula and practice of teachers; but can be utilized to engage Muslim students in academics, honor their heritage and identity, and push them as students towards academic achievement and performance of exemplary indicators on Minnesota's Standards of Effective Instructional Practice. This wiil include providing concrete curricula material that has been specifically designed and researched to connect with and draw upon the background knowledge of Muslim students in Minnesota.

Goals of this training are:

- To make teachers better equipped to nurture positive relationships with Muslim students and honor their cultural identity in the classroom.

- For teachers to acquire pedagogical tools, literary resources, and narratives both historical and cultural that can be utilized in the classroom to increase academic engagement of Muslim students with culturally relevant pedagogy.

- For teachers to explore the intersections of race and religion as it pertains to personal identity of Muslim students and consider the latent implications of that intersection in 21st century classrooms.

- For teachers to design a specific lessons or unit plans with goal of practicing culturally relevant pedagogy with Muslim students and bringing absent narratives into the classroom and curriculum.

About the Presenter:

Michael Abraham is an ESL teacher, instructional coach, and curricula developer. He has a BA in Political Science with a concentration on the history of the Muslim world and is currently completing his masters degree in teaching English as a Second Language. He has been an active member of the Muslim community in Minnesota for over 10 years and has studied Islam in America and the Muslim world in both secular and religious settings. His focus is helping educators to better understand and cross cultural bridges to meet goals aligned with providing equity in education and culturally-relevant pedagogy. Michael has done consulting with several districts and charter schools in the Twin Cities, been a guest speaker at Hamline University's federally funded English Learners in the Mainstream (ELM) Project, and presented at the Minnesota English Learner Education Conference. Currently, he teaches a professional development course with Minneapolis Public Schools on Increasing Academic Engagement and Cultural Comptenecy with Muslim Students and is working with Children's Theatre of Minnesota's Building Bridges Project to create K-12 curricula centered on the Muslim-American experience.


What others have said about Michael:


"All teachers want to know about appropriate ways to make Muslim students feel welcome in schools. Michael Abraham's well researched workshops give teachers the information they need to interact with Muslim students and their families in a mutually respectful manner."

- Ann Mabbott, Ph.D. ESL Program Coordinator at Hamline University School of Education


"This year we invited Michael Abraham to speak at our school on how to build relationships with our Somali/Muslim students. He was well received by all staff and really helped us to bridge the gap between our students home life and school. After his presentation multiple teachers approached me about wanting to know more about his upcoming trainings, one hour was just not enough to fully grasp and understand the culture of the Islamic community. One teacher even complimented him by saying, "I have learned more in this one hour PD about our Somali/Muslim students than I have learned in my three years here as a teacher.". The insight Michael gave into our students culture was invaluable and I would definitely recommend his training!" -Mariah J., ESL Teacher at Minnesota Math and Science Academy


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www.abrahameducation.com

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