17 August - 18 August 2024

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A worldview is the set of beliefs about fundamental aspects of reality that ground and influence all one’s perceiving, thinking, knowing, and doing. It also refers to your set of answers to all the big questions of life. The Islamic worldview is God-centric and holistic and continues to influence Muslim institutions and communities. Dive deep into the heart of the Islamic Worldview at our conference: Islamic Worldview: Renewing Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment. This unique conference is designed to explore the profound influence of the Islamic worldview on education and explore how it can renew curriculum development, pedagogical praxis, and assessment practices in Islamic Schools.

The Inaugural stimulus paper, A Shared Vision for Islamic Schooling in Australia: Learners, Learning, and Leading Learning’, asserts:

Islamic schooling privileges an Islamic worldview as the foundation for a distinct form of education. Islamic worldview is both a foundation for knowing and doing, and it is the lens through which all within Islamic schooling mediate understandings and practices towards a distinct form of education. The concept of tawhid (oneness of God, wholeness) is the overarching principle of an Islamic worldview and of education, as envisioned by Islamic schooling as a collective. It serves as both a philosophical and methodological construct that centres purpose and enables coherence and alignment with our understandings of education and schooling.

At this conference, we will embark on an enlightening journey, delving into the core principles and values that underpin the Islamic worldview. Our aim is to renew education by infusing it with the wisdom, ethics, and perspective that have shaped Islamic civilization for centuries, showcasing those who are creatively adapting and enacting this in the present.

Key themes of the conference include:

    1. Islamic worldview in Education: Explore how the Islamic worldview has shaped entire educational systems and can continue to inform whole school renewal right down to the most practical aspects of learning and teaching.
    2. Innovative Pedagogical Approaches: Share innovative teaching approaches rooted in the Islamic worldview that are inspiring Islamic schools’ classrooms.
    3. Curriculum Development: Discuss the renewal of educational curricula and share emerging curriculum models that are God-centric and grounded in higher purpose.
    4. Assessment for Holistic Learning: Reflect on holistic forms of assessment that go beyond evaluating cognition and move toward assessing spiritual, moral, ethical, creative, and critical self-development.
    5. Teacher Training and Professional Development: Share insights into professional learning programs and initiatives that focus on holistic self-development of educators over technical teacher training or narrow performance and evaluation regimes.
    6. Global Perspectives on Islamic Education: Present research or case studies that highlight how the Islamic worldview influences education on a global scale, considering regional variations and adaptations.
    7. Social, Cultural and Political Context: Analyse the impact of social, cultural and political factors on the implementation of Islamic worldview in education, and strategies to navigate challenges and opportunities.
    8. Student Perspectives: Students sharing their experiences and insights on how the Islamic worldview has influenced their educational journey and personal growth.
    9. Islamic Education Policy and Advocacy: Explore the role of policymakers, advocates, and policy critics in privileging or promoting the Islamic worldview in resisting, challenging, or enhancing dominant education systems.
    10. Community Engagement: Share initiatives for centring families and communities in the educational journey of fostering faith.

These themes provide a broad spectrum of topics for abstract submissions that can contribute to the conference's vibrant and diverse discussions on renewing curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment within the context of Islamic schooling, and in light of an Islamic worldview.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr. Samir Mahmoud
"Towards an Educational Framework rooted in an Islamic Worldview."

Dr. Samir Mahmoud is currently Academic Director of Usul Academy (www.usul.academy).

He is also Lecturer on the Diploma in Islamic Psychology at the Cambridge Muslim College.Recently he was Assistant Professor at the Lebanese American University. He has a BA (Hons) in Anthropology & Politics with a focus on multicultural theory and comparative religion, and an MA in Architectural History, Theory & Urban Design with a focus on the traditional townscape from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Australia. He also holds an MPhil in Theology & Religious Studies with a focus on comparative philosophy and aesthetics. He completed a PhD in Islamic Studies from the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr. Timothy Winter (Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad).  Read More

Dr. Farah Ahmed

Farah Ahmed is Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. She co-convenes the ‘Cultural, religious and philosophical traditions in educational dialogue’ strand of the Cambridge Educational Dialogue Research group. Her current project is: Rethinking Islamic education for British Muslim children: a philosophical investigation of personhood and dialogue in Islamic educational theory and an empirical study trialling dialogic halaqah to develop shakhsiyah Islamiyah. The empirical study has led to the founding of the online Islamic Educator Learning Community, an international teacher professional development and research exchange platform. Farah has published widely on holistic Islamic educational approaches.

Farah is a qualified secondary English Language and Literature teacher. In 2002, she co-founded Islamic Shakhsiyah Foundation (ISF) which runs two full-time independent Islamic faith-schools. ISF grew out of homeschooling projects and has developed a unique holistic Islamic educational programme based on classical Islamic educational thought and contemporary research. Farah served as head teacher for twelve years and is now Director of Education and Research and the lead developer of Shakhsiyah Halaqah and Holistic Thematic Curricula. She is the author of Principles of Shakhsiyah Education and Dialogic Halaqah: A guide for the Muslim educator.

Dr Claire Alkouatli
"From Islamic Worldview across Pedagogy to Transformative Human Development."

Dr. Claire Alkouatli is an academic, educator, mother, and coach. Her PhD is in Human Development, Learning, and Culture from the University of British Columbia, in Canada, with a specialization in social and emotional development. She is currently a Lecturer with the Center for Islamic Thought and Education (UNISA), a Research Fellow at the Cambridge Muslim College, and a Learning Innovation Developer with the University of Toronto, designing and facilitating Saudi teacher education. Her qualitative research focuses on the roles of culture, relationships, and pedagogies in expanding human development across the lifespan, and holistic well-being in children, youth, educators, and families, with specific focus on imaginative play, dialogue, inquiry, and challenge. Read More

Assoc. Prof. Nadeem Memon
"How Islamic Worldview Challenges Everything We Mean by "Integration": Breaking Down Implications for Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Assessment."

Assoc. Prof. Nadeem Memon is a Senior Research Fellow and the Program Director for Islamic Education in the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) in the School of Education at UniSA. His research focuses on teacher education with particular emphasis on Islamic Pedagogy, comparative faith-based schooling, philosophy of religious education, and culturally relevant and responsive teaching. He is the co-editor of two books: Philosophies of Islamic Education: Historical Perspectives and Emerging Discourses (Routledge, 2016) and Discipline, Devotion, and Dissent: Jewish, Catholic, and Islamic Schooling in Canada (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2013).

Prior to joining UniSA, Nadeem was the Director of Education at Razi Education, a Canadian education-consulting firm that develops professional development for educators working in Western schooling contexts with significant Muslim student populations and for educators in Muslim-majority contexts. At Razi Education, Nadeem spearheaded the design and implementation of a ground breaking online teacher certificate program, the Islamic Teacher Education Program (ITEP), in collaboration with the University of Toronto.

In addition to the above, he has also held faculty teaching positions at Centennial College (Canada), Al Akhawayn University (Morocco), University of Toronto (Canada) and Wilfrid Laurier University (Canada). Nadeem holds a PhD in Theory and Policy Studies in Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. His doctoral dissertation focused on the history and philosophy of Islamic schooling in North America. He also holds a M.A. in Education with a research focus on experiential education and a B.Ed of Education with specializations in teaching high school English and History from York University, in Toronto, Canada.

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     Aniyatussaidah
    "Developing a School Counselor Training Program: Integrating Values from Quran Surah Al Imran Verse 200 to Enhance Psychological Capital and Reduce Burnout."

    Aniyatussaidah is currently a lecturer in the Islamic Studies Major, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Nida El-Adabi, Indonesia, with National Lecturer Registration Number is 2129019601. She received her M.Pd (Magister Pendidikan/Master of Education) in Guidance and Counselling major, Faculty of Education from Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia in 2023. Thesis focussed on Burnout and Psychological Capital. She has teaching experience of more than 3 years in the areas of guidance and counselling. Subject taught include group counselling, personal guidance, career guidance, social guidance and study guidance for junior high school, senior high school and university. She has presented many research papers at international and national levels. Several research papers that have been published, namely 1) The Relationship Between of Psychological Capital and School Counsellors Burnout: A Systematic Literature Review, 2) Development of Job Information Knowledge Assessment for Gamification-Based Accounting Vocational School Graduates, 3) Gratitude during the COVID-19 Pandemic in the Productive Age, 4) Managing Boundaries in Counselling: Standards for Receiving Gifts, and Her latest article which has published in Vol. 2 No.1 (2024): Proceedings International Conference of Bunga Bangsa Cirebon (ICOBBA) Indonesia is entitled The Application of the pomodoro technique to reduce academic procrastination levels among students in completing thesis.

    Siti hajar Abdullah
    "Progressive Islamic Studies Curriculum for Holistic Education: The Singapore Experience."

    Siti Hajar Abdullah is an experienced curriculum developer for Islamic studies, with over two decades of dedicated service in Islamic education. Beginning as a Textbook Writer at the Madrasah Curriculum Development Unit in the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, Muis, she swiftly rose to undertaking the role as Curriculum Development Manager over the span of seventeen years. She holds a Master of education in Educational Assessment from National Institute of Education (NIE-NTU) in Singapore and bachelor’s degrees in Islamic Jurisprudence from Al-Azhar University. Siti Hajar possesses a comprehensive understanding of Islamic educational framework and her expertise in curriculum development, assessment, and teacher training is strengthened by strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills, ensuring impactful contributions to the field.

    Rozanna Khalid

    Rozanna Khalid is a dedicated manager in the Madrasah Curriculum Development Unit in the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore, Muis, with a deep commitment to serving the community through meaningful contributions in Islamic education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Islamic Revealed Knowledge and Human Sciences from the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), and a Master of Arts in Educational Management from the National Institute of Education (NIE-NTU) in Singapore. With over a decade of experience in curriculum design and development, strategic planning, asatizah engagement, and professional development programs for educators, Rozanna is equipped to foster an enriching learning environment that nurtures students' holistic development and uplifts the standards of Islamic education. Throughout her career, Rozanna has also led curriculum review projects and supported innovative assessment practices at the Singapore madrasahs.

    Mahmoud Alazhari
    "Islamic Principles and Their Role in Shaping Holistic Educational Environments in Australian Islamic Schools."

    Drawing upon my background in religious leadership, community engagement, and youth development, my primary focus lies in enhancing Islamic educational systems. With experience as a former teacher of Islamic Studies and Arabic, and as the Founder & President of Rahilah Educational Organisation, I am deeply committed to infusing Islamic values into educational curricula and pedagogies. My hands-on experience in education informs the development of practices that foster holistic growth, preparing students to navigate both academic challenges and ethical dilemmas. Serving as an Executive Committee Member at The Australian National Imams Council (NSW), I collaborate closely with stakeholders to create nurturing environments that support spiritual, intellectual, and emotional development. This collaborative effort is driven by my overarching goal to contribute to the continuous renewal of Islamic educational practices, ensuring their relevance and effectiveness in promoting the wellbeing and comprehensive development of students and staff within Islamic educational settings. Through these endeavours, I aim to cultivate educational environments that empower individuals to thrive academically, morally, and spiritually, fostering a generation of informed and ethical leaders.

    Emneh Ali
    "Empowering Educators: Islamic Pedagogy and Holistic Assessment."

    Emneh has accrued over 13 years of extensive educational experience, undertaking diverse leadership roles including Head of Curriculum and Instructional Leader. Her academic achievements are underscored by a Masters in Instructional Leadership from the University of Newcastle, specialising in Pedagogy and Assessment. Additionally, she holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Sydney. Emneh’s experience and expertise has been demonstrated through presentations at events such as the Anita Chin Mathematics Conference (2017) and the AUF Empowering Learning Education Convention (2022). Currently, she serves as the Dean of Curriculum at Malek Fahd Islamic School.

    Dr. Jan Ali
    "A Sociological Analysis of Islamic Worldview in Education."

    Jan A. Ali is Senior Lecturer in Islam and Modernity in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University, Australia. He was the Convenor of Islamic Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts and Community and Research Analyst in the Religion and Society Research Centre at the Western Sydney University. Jan is the Founding Convenor of the WSU Postgraduate Islamic Studies Network. He is a religious sociologist who specialises in Islam. His main sociological focus is the study of existential Islam. His published books are Islamic Revivalism and Social Transformation in the Modern (2023);Organ Transplantation in Islam: Perspectives and Challenges (2022); A Sociological Study of Tabligh Jama’at: Working for Allah (2022); Islam and Muslims in Australia: Settlement, Integration, Shariah, Education and Terrorism (2020); Islam in the West: Perceptions and Reactions (2018, co-editor) and Islamic Revivalism Encounters the Modern World: A Study of the Tabligh Jama’at (2012).

    Dr Ozan Angin & Fatima Jalloul
    "Transformation and Redesign: Teaching Stage 6 English through an Islamic Worldview."

    Fatima Jalloul is a secondary English educator who has spent over a decade teaching English in Islamic Schools and is currently the Head of English at Malek Fahd Islamic School, Greenacre campus. In her role, she shares her experience and insight with a dynamic team of English educators who are passionate about teaching literature and committed to creating positive learning environments for students. Fatima holds a Bachelor of Education (Humanities and Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney and has recently completed the Graduate Certificate in Education (Islamic Education) at the University of South Australia.

    Dr Ozan Angin has a wide interest area of engaging young Muslims. He is a secondary English educator with 9 years of teaching experience. He is the founder and director of the Islamic Schools Debating Association. Having recently been conferred his PhD in Islamic Studies, he is currently pursuing research opportunities within Islamic Pedagogy as well as the religiosity of Muslim youth in Sydney.

    Abrahim Al-Zubeidi
    "Prophetic Paradigm: A renewed look at curriculum, pedagogy and assessment,"

    Abrahim Al-Zubeidi is the Head of Religious Studies and Faith at Playford College. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Business from Swinburne University, and a Master of Teaching majoring in Islamic Pedagogy and Science Education and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Education from the University of South Australia. Abrahim is a PhD Candidate in Islamic Education from the University of South Australia and is studying Islamic sciences, holding a diploma in Islamic theology and studying a Bachelor in Islamic sciences. He lectures and conducts workshops on contemporary faith issues and has published an anthology of poetry, “Tears from Heaven’s Flowers.” In his spare time, Abrahim enjoys camping, reading, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, board games and running a podcast "Educere" which explores renewal in education.

    Mohammed Azim
    "Share innovative teaching approaches rooted in the Islamic worldview that are inspiring Islamic schools’ classrooms."

    Mohammed Azim, an esteemed educator, holds the prestigious AITSL national certification as a lead teacher. Currently serving as the Head of English and Teacher Mentor and Coach at Al Siraat College, he brings a wealth of 36 years of teaching experience to his role. Mohammed Azim's expertise extends beyond the classroom as he has presented at various state, national, and international conferences. His dedication to education has garnered significant recognition over the years. In 2009, Azim was honoured with the Teacher Leadership Award by AITSL. Following this, in 2011, he emerged as the victor in the State and Territory Teacher Awards Competition, subsequently clinching the esteemed National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA), backed by the Australian Scholarships Group (ASG). Mohammed Azim's commitment to excellence transcends boundaries, as evidenced by his inclusion in the 'Top 50 Australian Educators' list in 2017, where he stood as the sole representative from an Islamic School across Australia.

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    Najma Reusch

    Najma Reusch exemplifies excellence as an experienced Foundation Years teacher at Al Siraat College. With a steadfast commitment to early childhood education, she stands as a dedicated and qualified practitioner, driven by a profound passion for nurturing the holistic wellbeing of young children. Reusch's teaching approach is enriched by her integration of renowned educational philosophies such as Montessori and Reggio, ensuring a comprehensive and impactful learning experience for her students.

    Najma Reusch embodies versatility as an educator, boasting a deep understanding of early years learning theories and practices. With nearly two decades of experience spanning across preschools and schools in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan, she brings a wealth of insight to her role. Previous positions have equipped her with a keen understanding of the pivotal process of 'transitioning to school,' empowering her to support children and their families in navigating this significant journey with ease. Driven by enthusiasm for early years education, Najma's aim is to contribute to Al Siraat College by fostering a nurturing Islamic learning environment. Her vision is to create a space that caters to the diverse needs of young learners through meaningful and captivating educational experiences.

    Ali Arabaci
    "Tazkiyah (Self-purification) as a Means for Cultivating Holistic Educator Development."

    Ali is a father to five children and resides in Sydney, New South Wales. He holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English Literature and Islamic Studies, and a Master of Teaching qualified in Secondary English and Society and Culture. Ali has had extensive senior leadership experience within the Islamic Education sector and is currently serving as the Head of Campus for Greenacre Primary at Malek Fahd Islamic School.

    Ali has a strong interest in Classical Arabic, Hanafi Fiqh and Tazkiyah. He is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Education program at the University of South Australia and is researching the topic, ‘Character Development in the Islamic Tradition and Its Implementation in Australian Islamic Schools’.  He is also serving as an Executive Council member for the Islamic Schools Association of Australia, a peak representative body for Islamic schools in Australia with over 20 schools in its membership, engaging in advocacy and networking for member schools.

     Tulin Bragg
    "The need for an indigenous Teaching and Learning Framework."

    Currently the DP Teaching and Learning, Tulin also worked as Head of Mathematics, Wellbeing Coordinator and Curriculum Coordinator. Her passion lies in curriculum and assessment, having decades of experience in HSC Marking, including Senior Marker for Advanced Mathematics. Development of a range of assessments also includes HSC Trial Papers for NEAP and ICAS Item Writer for UNSW.
    Tulin was also delegated the role of Teacher Accreditation Authority, supporting teachers to work through the mandatory Proficient Teacher Accreditation process as well as a panellist for the AISNSW Experienced Teacher Assessment, both requiring a mechanical focus on descriptors without consideration to societal transformation or context.

    Master’s in educational leadership (2019) inspired her to think more deeply about leading learning but it was the Graduate Certificate of Education – Islamic Education (2023) through UNISA that the critical importance of pedagogy was realised. The powerful shift in mindset and higher purpose has inspired her to transform curriculum at MFIS to revolutionise educational practice and outcomes. Requiring substantial time and buy-in, staff needed to be empowered to see themselves as architects of curriculum. A collaborative effort throughout 2023 led to the release of the indigenous Teaching and Learning Framework V1.0.

    Dylan Chown
    "How an Islamic worldview approach challenges standardised notions of “good teaching” in an Islamic school: Toward “teaching Islamically” by experimenting with Islamic pedagogical principles in redesign of Assessment, Curriculum and Pedagogy."

    Dylan Chown is a faculty member at the Centre for Islamic Thought and Education (CITE) at the University of South Australia (UniSA). Dylan serves as Curriculum Advisor (program lead) for the Graduate Certificate in Education (Islamic Education) at UniSA – Australia’s first recognised and accredited teacher education on-line program based on Islamic Pedagogy. His research focuses on teacher education with emphasis on Islamic Pedagogy and culturally and religiously responsive pedagogy. Dylan is actively engaged with Islamic schools nationally through his teaching as well as on several CITE research projects working with leaders and educator teams on local activations of pedagogy for school-wide renewal. Dylan’s PhD research focuses on the exploration of Islamic pedagogy in practice, based on a case study of an Australian K-12 Islamic school. He is a co-editor of Islamic schooling in the West: Pathways to renewal (Palgrave MacMillan); and co-author of the inaugural stimulus paper 1.0: A Shared Vision for Islamic Schooling in Australia: Learners, Learning & Leading Learning, a joint project between CITE and the Islamic Schools Association of Australia (ISAA). Dylan is also a member of several global Islamic schooling networks including, the Cambridge Dialogues, Rethinking Islamic education, and the Global Association of Islamic Schools.

    Merjem Colan
    "Restorative Quranic Pedagogies."

    Ustadha Merjem Colan is a 2023 graduate of the Graduate Certificate of Education (Islamic Education) program at UniSA. She also holds a Masters in Education (P-12) from Deakin University and Bachelor of Commerce (Economics) from Monash University. Merjem also completed the Ijazah Preparation course from Al Fajr Institute – Tarteel branch in Melbourne.

    She currently works are a year 7-10 Quran teacher and Stage 6 Studies of Religion Teacher at Irfan College. In her free time, she is often hiking or swimming in the Blue Mountains, contemplating on the miraculous nature of Allah’s creation which inspired much of her teaching practice.

    Vaseem Dilshad
    "Innovative Pedagogical Approaches: Share innovative teaching approaches rooted in the Islamic worldview that are inspiring Islamic schools’ classrooms."

    Vaseem Dilshad, an accomplished educator, pursued her academic journey in Hyderabad, India, at Osmania University, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Education degree. In 2012, Vaseem migrated to Adelaide, Australia, bringing with her a wealth of experience and a passion for teaching. Over the past 14 years, she has worked extensively with children in both the Indian and Australian educational sectors, consistently striving to make the learning process engaging and innovative.

    Vaseem's dedication to education is evident in her dynamic approach to teaching, where she integrates creative methods to foster a love for learning among her students. Her enthusiasm for the teaching-learning process is matched by her commitment to personal growth and continuous learning. She enjoys reading, cooking, and studying Quranic Arabic.
    In Adelaide, Vaseem has continued to make a significant impact in the classroom, inspiring students with her teaching of Islamic Studies integrated with science around them.

    Wadud Hasan
    "Reviving a Prophetic Model of Tarbiyah: A HEART-centered Framework to Empower Educators to Transform their Students."

    Wadud Hassan is a veteran Head of School in the Dallas area (Texas, USA) having co-founded three Islamic schools with his wife Leiya Hasan and serving as an Assistant Head and later Head of School with 20+yrs of teaching experience.

    Wadud & Leiya are the Co Founders of Define 360 www.define360.online, home of the Muslim Character Coach certification reviving a Prophetic HEART-centered model of Tarbiyah, and the first global Muslim Mindfulness Masterclass at Muraqaba.  Wadud completed his Masters of Education from Vanderbilt University Peabody College of Education in Leadership & Organizational Performance, his Principals Training from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a certified Mindful & Emotional Intelligence teacher through the Google-born Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

    Among his notable projects, Wadud led the re-accreditation of Good Tree Academy in Dallas as the Head of School, led Islamic Schools League of America’s Leadership retreat, as well as the national Principals’ bootcamp.  Certified in Mental Health First Aid, Wadud most recently presented a Prophetic framework of wellness based on the Prophet’s response post Taif and Mental Health Strategies for Educators based on the 9th Century Physician Balkhi’s pioneering work: Sustenance of the Soul at the 25th Annual Islamic Society of North America’s 25th Education Forum.

    Inas Hassan
    "Cosmic Education: A Foundation for Tawhid in an Integrated, Inquiry based curriculum."

    Inas spent a number of years home-schooling her eldest daughter before working on establishing Manarat el Mostaqbal International School in Cairo in 2002. In 2011 she was instrumental in founding the first Montessori program for both Early Years and Primary stages in an Egyptian school. It was there where she began developing a unique curriculum and delivered Montessori’s Cosmic education from an Islamic lens. Following her return to Australia in 2015 she contributed to Research and Development at Minaret College and directed the Minaret Early Learning Centres. Inas is a member of the Muslim Montessori Network created by Nusaibah Macadam of Rumi Montessori, Malaysia, which provides a forum for Muslim Montessori educators to share their knowledge and experience. She is currently working on creating Quran centred curriculum materials which would benefit schools and home-schooling parents Insha Allah.

    Asma Herzalla
    "Integrating Islamic Worldview into Primary Arabic Language Curriculum."

    Asma Herzalla is an accomplished Arabic educator with over two decades of experience in teaching Arabic, Quran, and Islamic studies. Currently serving as an Arabic Teacher and Coordinator at ICOM, Asma oversees curriculum development and provides invaluable support to staff since 2014. She has recently been appointed as a reviewer and co-writer for the 2024 Victorian Curriculum F-10 Reference Panel - Language: Arabic.

    With a diverse professional background, Asma's journey in education spans various roles and settings. She has served as an Arabic, Quran, and Islamic Teacher at Al-Taqwa School for a decade. Asma's dedication to Arabic education extends beyond her professional roles; she has volunteered as an Arabic coordinator in AIM schools in Victoria and co-founded Assalam Weekend School in Auckland, New Zealand.

    Equipped with a Bachelor of Computer Science from Jordan University and a Postgraduate Diploma of Education from Victoria University, Asma has contributed significantly to the development of Arabic language learning materials for second language learners and authored the Sanabil Series Arabic Books. Her innovative curriculum approaches have led to remarkable improvements in student engagement. Asma's commitment to excellence and her profound impact on Arabic language education make her a highly respected educator in her field.

     

    Kathryn Jone
    "Fitrah Focused: Unveiling the Hidden Curriculum of the Soul."

    Kathryn Jones transitioned into the realm of education in 2009 following a 13-year career in IT. As the CEO and Founder of the Back To The Fitrah Mentoring Academy, she is committed to empowering Muslim adults and children to unlock their full potential by delving into their innate resilience and mental well-being. Kathryn's approach is rooted in a framework based on Taqwa (consciousness of Allah), Tarbiyyah (nurturing souls towards Allah), and Tawakkul (trusting in Allah).

    Kathryn has developed an online certification program, now in its 6th year and with participants from 16 countries, which trains Muslims worldwide to educate, mentor, and coach the Muslim Ummah, enabling them to develop emotional and spiritual resilience. She  founded the annual We R all OK Conference, which effectively reaches over 70 countries. This influential conference addresses pressing issues faced by Muslims today, providing a platform for critical discussions and meaningful solutions.

    Her educational background includes a BSc in Information Science and Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from Charles Darwin University, and a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Pedagogy from the Centre of Islamic Thought and Education at the University of South Australia. She has completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education with ISRA, is a certified parent educator, certified business coach and certified Inside Out Psychological Paradigm coach.

    Seri Qadijah Kamir
    "Cultivating Future Generations - A Focus on Curriculum, Teachers, and Community in Singapore's aLIVE Programme."

    Seri's educational journey is marked by passion, dedication, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Beginning with her studies in Comparative Religion and Islamic Revealed Knowledge Studies, she found her calling in education through a year spent as an assistant teacher at a mosque-based kindergarten. This experience ignited her passion for crafting engaging lesson resources and fostering vibrant learning environments for children.

    Her expertise expanded over the years, with roles focusing on youth development and curriculum design. As head of education at a prominent centre, she gained insights into administration, parent engagement, and curriculum design. Further studies in educational management enhanced her leadership skills.

    Currently serving as a Superintendent with the Islamic Learning Hub and Management Office (ILHAM), Seri oversees the implementation of the aLIVE Curriculum, ensuring a holistic educational experience for each child. Her commitment to nurturing young minds and fostering a love for learning has left a lasting impact, inspiring countless individuals to reach their full potential. Seri's journey exemplifies the transformative power of education and the profound influence of passionate educators.

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    Salman Faruqi Mohammed Khalid

    Salman Faruqi is a Lead Centre Manager who combines his expertise in community engagement and data analytics to drive positive change. Throughout his career, Faruqi has navigated diverse social service organisations, tackling the specific needs of each community. He has a proven track record of successfully managing staff, volunteers, and programs, and demonstrating strong leadership and organisational skills.
    Faruqi excels at leading teams, a skill honed through experience planning and executing programs, workshops, and outreach events. He is adept at building relationships with stakeholders and fostering collaboration to ensure programs achieve their desired outcomes. This ability to unite diverse groups towards a common goal is central to Faruqi's success as a Lead Centre Manager.

     

    Thamina Kassar
    "Inspiring Science Education in the classroom through an Islamic Worldview."

    Thamina Kassar is a secondary Science educator and a Wellbeing coordinator who strives to ensure that her learners are supported in all domains. With ten years of teaching across all stages of the secondary Science, she is passionate about working collegially in teams with a focus on theory to practice. Thamina has previously served as a Year Advisor for 4 years before currently taking up the role of a Wellbeing Coordinator for the Malek Fahd Islamic Schools (MFIS), Greenacre Campus. Social-emotional wellbeing within an Islamic Worldview is something she is passionate about including the impact it has on learners’ education. Thamina is dedicated to promoting a holistic approach (mind-body-soul) to behaviour education with a strong belief in the long-lasting impact of nurturing wellbeing. Thamina strives to empower students, guide teachers, and foster positive connections, ultimately contributing to the overall wellbeing and success of the school community. Thamina holds a Master in Teaching and has completed a post-graduate course in Islamic Pedagogy at the University of South Australia. She always strives to help those who need it.

    Fawad Khan
    "Empowering Holistic Educators: Leveraging Ethical AI for Teacher Development in Islamic Schools."

    Fawad Khan has over 15 years' experience in education, specialising in using technology to empower educators and cultivate holistic development. He is dedicated to fostering innovative teaching practices and professional development opportunities for the teachers.

    Fawad is a strong advocate for the ethical integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Islamic education. For the past five years, he has spearheaded initiatives at Garden College to introduce advanced tools and explore their potential to revolutionise teaching and learning practices. He believes that Ethical AI can equip educators with the resources necessary to deliver high-quality, holistic education that remains firmly rooted in Islamic values saving them much needed time.

    A lifelong learner himself, Fawad is currently pursuing a Master of Teaching degree to further refine his understanding of pedagogy and educational principles. His passion for AI and continuous learning fuels his drive to explore new avenues for professional growth and innovation in Islamic education. Ultimately, Fawad strives to empower educators with ethical AI tools, fostering a holistic approach that benefits both teachers and students.

    Mozynah Nofal
    "Educational Leadership as practiced by Islamic school Principals in Ontario."

    Mozynah is currently completing a PhD in Education Leadership and Policy focusing on Islamic Leadership at the University of Toronto. She graduated in 2012 from Carleton University’s Public Affairs and Policy Management Program where she was part of her local MSA and served as the VP Canada on the MSA National Board of North America and was the Youth Representative for Islamic Society of North America - Canada. Mozynah studied at Alharam's Quran school in Madina, Islamic Studies at Ibn Khaldun University in Istanbul, and with local teachers in Cairo. She has worked as an Islamic School teacher at Abraar School in Ottawa and was the principal of SNMC Saturday Islamic school. She is currently a research assistant at the Center for Islamic Thought in Education CITE.

    Dr. Zachariah Matthews
    "Developing the MFIS Educational Philosophy Inspired by the Stimulus Paper."

    Dr Zachariah Matthews studied Quranic and Islamic sciences from a young age. He transitioned from an extensive career in hospital pharmacy which included lecturing at university, working in intensive care, and managing a hospital pharmacy department, to a career in Islamic schooling. A passion since university of working with young Muslims motivated this change. His service at three Islamic schools in Sydney included the roles of Head of Islamic Studies and Leadership, followed by Deputy Principal and currently as Principal.

     

    Mahmoud Sammak
    "Innovative Teaching Approaches Towards Teaching Mathematics Rooted in the Islamic Worldview."

    Mahmoud Sammak has devoted the last 16 years to nurturing the mathematical skills of secondary students from Year 7 to Year 12 at Islamic schools. He has effectively utilised his engineering background to enhance his teaching methods and curriculum development as a Maths Teacher. His educational career has been significantly shaped by his roles at the Australian International Academy (AIA) starting as a Maths Teacher and later advancing to the Head of the Maths Faculty and then to the IB Diploma Coordinator. In 2022, Mahmoud assumed the role of Deputy Head of the campus, significantly expanding his leadership within the educational community.
    Throughout his time at AIA, Mahmoud has also served in pivotal positions such as the Students Management Coordinator and Students Leadership Coordinator. In these roles, he has been instrumental in shaping the curriculum and overseeing its implementation to ensure educational excellence. Beyond his professional pursuits, Mahmoud is a dedicated Islamic Dawah and social justice activist, well-known in Melbourne. He actively advocates for equitable opportunities and works tirelessly to foster a spirit of community and understanding across diverse groups. His efforts are driven by a deep commitment to making a meaningful difference in society.

    Dr Nadia Selim
    "Adopting a whole-school approach to Arabic language education in Islamic schools."

    Dr Nadia Selim is an associate lecturer in the discipline of Arabic Language and Cultures at The University of Sydney. She has coordinated various units of study and supervised student research aligned with her research interests. Nadia's primary research revolves around Arabic language acquisition, exploring effective teaching methodologies, and investigating the factors that drive students' motivation in language learning. She also has a special interest in the context of Islamic schooling. Her academic contributions are reflected in multiple published papers and chapters, key issue papers, and presentations at local and international conferences. Nadia was awarded a commendation for teaching and excellence in 2023, and her most recent publication, "Reimagining Arabic in Islamic Schools", was published in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education.

    * The Qur'an. Translated by M. A. S. Abdel Haleem. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.

     

    Uzma Shakil
    "Strategies to Integrate Islamic Principles in Primary School Child Protection Curriculum."

    I'm Uzma Shakil, and I'm currently in my 7th year as a primary school teacher at Garden College, where I'm teaching Year 4. In the past, I've had the privilege of teaching students in years 2 and 3 within the same school. My teaching strengths lie in English writing, Mathematics, and the dynamic world of Digital Technology. Furthermore, I am passionate about fostering collaborative learning environments and embracing interdisciplinary studies.

    Before transitioning to education sector, I embarked on a rewarding career as a Software Test Analyst. I have completed a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in computer science, followed by Master in Teaching (Primary and Middle). This diverse background equips me with a unique perspective, allowing me to blend technology into my teaching practice while ensuring students grasp fundamental ideas.

    Dr. Ayda Succarie
    "Islamic worldview, teacher education and professional learning: towards the renewal of professional identity in Islamic schools."

    Dr. Ayda Succarie is a lecturer in Human Resources and Management (HRM), Academic Program Advisor for first year undergraduate and students at-risk and an International Academic Lead for the Middle East and Gulf. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Master of Business Administration, and a Graduate Certificate in Research Studies from Western Sydney University (WSU). Her expertise is in governance, management, leadership, social entrepreneurship, organisational behaviour, identity studies, Islamic studies, and education systems. Ayda’s doctoral research examined the connection between professional identity and governance in Australian Islamic schools and her research extends nationally and internationally on the effectiveness of faith-based governance frameworks, governance renewal, methodologies in governance research and board-member well-being and professional identity studies. Ayda is also conducting research on student retention and progression, and social entrepreneurship teaching and practice.

     Toltu Tufa
    "Navigating Tradition: Reimagining collaborative sexual education between
    Islamic schools and Muslim parents."

    Toltu Tufa, a Muslim psychologist based in Melbourne, Australia, specializes in culturally empowered sexual education for both parents and schools. Her expertise extends to providing psychological treatment for victims/survivors and perpetrators of sex crimes. Toltu has garnered recognition for her work, including the development of award-winning programs tailored for schools in the field of sexual education. She is widely acknowledged as a TED speaker and educator, known for her impactful contributions to the field.

    In her portfolio, Toltu has successfully designed and implemented effective sexual assault prevention programs for both state and private high schools across Victoria. Additionally, she addresses the complexities of cultural intersectionality through her globally
    recognized podcast, "Coded Switch," which she co-hosts. Toltu leverages her expertise in Islamic schools as an educational consultant and psychologist to provide culturally relevant advice. She offers guidance, strategies, and educational programs on sex education, as well as addressing sexualized behaviours, from a holistic, faith-based perspective.
    www.shurapsychology.com www.toltu.com

    Nazneen Wajid
    Fostering Islamic Worldview Through Hands-On Islamic Art Workshop

    Nazneen Wajid is an experienced educator with a career spanning over 15 years in diverse educational environments. She holds a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Visual Arts and Guidance Counselling from the University of Toronto, Canada. Nazneen has enriched her teaching practice through international experiences in Canada, Morocco, UAE, and Australia, where she has contributed significantly to student development and academic programs.

    Currently based at Playford College in Adelaide, South Australia, Nazneen serves as a Visual Arts Educator and Student Advisor. Her work at Playford College is marked by a commitment to leveraging Islamic arts to engage Muslim learners and foster a deeper connection with their religious and cultural identities.

    Complementing her role in education, Nazneen is the founder of 'Art for Afiya,' a platform that organizes art workshops tailored for both adults and children within the Muslim community through school, masjids, and community centres. The workshops are designed to provide participants with opportunities to explore, for well-being and strengthen their faith and identity through creative expression.

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    Our wonderful Exhibitors and Sponsors who make it possible for us to host a well rounded Islamic Education Conference - AAISC7 in

    Islamic College of Brisbane is our very generous partner in co-hosting the 7th Annual Australian Islamic Schooling Conference.

    Islamic College of Brisbane, Karawatha, QLD

     

    Platinum Exhibitor

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    Founded in California, ViewSonic is a global leading visual solutions provider with over 100 offices worldwide. We are committed to providing comprehensive hardware and software solutions that include interactive displays, projectors, monitors, large format displays, myViewBoard software, and its ecosystem. With over 35 years of expertise, ViewSonic has established a strong position for delivering innovative and reliable solutions for education and helping customers "See the Difference." To find out more about ViewSonic, please visit www.viewsonic.com/au

    Invictus Solutions is a community-led, purpose-driven business for good that delivers education to Australians of all ages.

    Founded by Dean Mousad, a trusted figure within the community, Invictus Solutions’ formidable team includes Muslim educators, workshop facilitators, mentors, consultants and counsellors.  Our educational workshops (in growing demand in schools throughout Australia) cover topics dealing with real-life issues affecting young people. We work with teachers and parents in addition to students, providing a holistic approach.
    Website: www.invictussolutions.com.au

     

    Gold Exhibitor

    An all-in-one platform for your school, Compass is designed to streamline your administrative workflow and boost parent engagement. We do this by unifying over forty school management tools and applications to connect the whole school community and enhance the education experience. With complete visibility into payments, assessments, events, wellbeing and more, change the way your school works for the better. Chat to the friendly Compass team today about your school’s needs. Website: www.compass.education

     

    The Islamic Schools Association of Australia (ISAA) is the peak body representing Islamic schools in Australia. ISAA advocates for and represents all member schools in particular and all Islamic schools in general on policy matters including representation at many forums at both State and Commonwealth levels.  ISAA currently has 36 member Islamic schools. In March 2023 ISAA held its inaugural Executive Leadership Retreat, open to school leadership teams from ISAA member and non-member schools with the objective to further enhance networking, collaboration and boost leadership capacity.

    Established in 1955, the Islamic Society of South Australia (ISSA) has strong and entrenched links to CALD Communities across South Australia. ISSA provides the community with social, educational, and spiritual services such as Kids Fest, Al Salam Academy of Adelaide, Al Salam Funeral Services amongst others. We partner with community leaders, service providers, community-at-large to establish and foster intercultural relationships.  With a diverse Muslim population living across SA, ISSA manages 5 mosques (metro and regional); providing a safe space for both social and spiritual congregation.

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    Quest Eight Mile Plains

    1. Select stay dates
    2. Click “Promo/Corporate Code Button”
    3. Enter the promo code AAISC7
    4. Complete the booking by choosing the room type/s
    Please note hotel does not offer hot breakfats, but does offer a breakfast pack for $12 each.
    Phone Bookings – 07 3736 2800, No Payment Required Until Arrival, 24 Hour Cancellation

    The Glen Hotel Suits

    Corner of Logan Road and Gaskell Street, Eight Mile Plains, Queensland www.glenhotel.com.au
    Does offer Hot Breakfast

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    Professor Mohamad Abdalla AM
    mohamad.abdalla@unisa.edu.au

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    Dr Nadeem Memon
    nadeem.memon@unisa.edu.au

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    Mr Dylan Chown
    dylan.chown@unisa.edu.au

    Advisory Committee: 

    Dr Jan Ali, Western Sydney University
    Dr Fida Sanjakdar, Monash University
    Dr Ibrahima Diallo, University of South Australia
    Mr. Abdullah Khan, President Islamic Schooling Association of Australia
    Dr Nada Ghamraoui, NNG Educational Consultancy
    Ms. Nuraan Samodien, Minarah College, NSW
    Dr. Nadia Selim, University of Sydney