Leading experts, academics, and practitioners
- Nadeem Memon
Lecturer, University of Toronto and Wilfrid Laurier University
- Sharifa Abukar
Principal, Islamic School of San Diego
- Shaykh Ramzy Ajem
Founder, Risala Foundation
- Omaira Alam
Educational Consultant and Teacher Trainer
- Nazim Baksh
Television and Radio Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- Greg Beiles
Director of Curriculum and Training, Toronto Heschel School
- Dr. Barrie Bennett
Professor, University of Toronto
- Christine Castaldo
Director of Religious Education, University of Toronto
- Amaarah DeCuir
Principal, Al Fatih Academy
- Susan Douglass
Program Facilitator, Center for Muslim Christian Understanding, Georgetown University
- Dr. Seymour Epstein
Former Director, Jewish Board of Education in Toronto
- Sommieh Flower
Former Principal, Crescent Academy International
- Elma Harder
Curriculum Writer and Program Facilitator, Sakinah Circle in Edmonton
- Shaykh Abdalla Idris Ali
- Dr. Muzaffar Iqbal
President, Center for Islam and Science in Canada
- Dr. Graham McDonough
Assistant Professor, University of Victoria
- Dr. Seyyed Hossein Nasr
Professor of Islamic Studies, George Washington University
- Leila Osman
Curriculum Coordinator, Islamic Foundation School in Chicago
- Habeeb Quadri
Principal, Muslim Community Center School in Chicago
- Shaykh Omar Qureshi
Dean of Academics, Islamic Foundation School in Chicago
- Dr. Freda Shamma
Founder, Foundation for Advancement and Development of Education and Learning
Dr. Nadeem Memon is the Course Facilitator for the Islamic Teacher Education Program. He holds a Ph.D in History and the Philosophy of Education from OISE with a research focus on the vision of Islamic schooling in North America. He is also an Adjunct Professor at OISE and the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Shaykh Ramzy Ajem is the Founder and Director of Dar al-Marifa and the Risala Foundation. He began studying the Islamic sciences abroad in 1995 in Syria and Morocco where he completed several texts and received ijazas in fiqh, aqida, Arabic grammar and morphology.
Omaira Alam holds a Masters in Transition Special Education specializing in at-risk secondary students with emotional and learning disabilities. She has written papers on the concept of discipline and special education within Muslim schools, and is currently researching in the field of urban education.
Nazim Baksh has had a distinguished 20 year career as a television and radio producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He has won numerous awards for his documentaries and in the years since 9/11 he has worked extensively on issues of national security and violent religious extremism.
Greg Beiles is the Director of Curriculum at The Toronto Heschel School and is pursuing his doctoral studies at the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. His research interests focus on the purpose and practice of Jewish education.
Barrie Bennett is one of the foremost teacher trainers globally. He teaches foundations of curriculum and instructional intelligence at OISE/UT and is the author of Beyond Monet: The Artful Science of Instructional Integration, which is widely used across faculties of education.
Christine Castaldo is the Director of Religious Education and an instructor in Catholic Teacher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Amaarah DeCuir is the Principal of Al Fatih Academy and an elementary school educator by profession. She earned her Masters of Education degree, with honors, from Howard University and is currently working on her doctorate in education.
Susan Douglass is the Workshop Facilitator for the Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim Christian Understanding and Georgetown University. She is also currently enrolled in the doctoral program in history at George Mason University.
Seymour Epstein was the Founder and Director of the Jewish Teacher Training Program at McGill University, the Director of the Toronto Jewish Board of Education, and has taught at the Jewish Teacher Education Program at York University.
Sommieh Flower is the co-founder and director of Sitara School, a free school for impoverished children in a village near Islamabad, Pakistan. She was the principal of Crescent Academy International in Canton, MI from 2000 to 2010. She has 25 years of experience in Islamic Education as a Teacher and Administrator.
Elma Harder is the Director/Curriculum Writer for Sakinah Circle, the first publicly funded alternative Islamic education program in Canada (Edmonton, Alberta). She is also the author of Concentric Circles: Nurturing Awe and Wonder in Early Childhood.
Abdalla Idris Ali is currently the Secretary General of ISNA Canada and the founder of the first Islamic school in Canada. He is also the founder of CIENA (Council of Islamic Education in North America, Deputy Secretary General of ISNA (Canada).
Muzaffar Iqbal is the Founder-President of the Center for Islam and Science in Canada. He has worked in Pakistan with the Pakistan Academy of Sciences helping to develop scientific institutions in the Muslim world. He has written and edited several books on the Islamic Philosophy of Science.
Graham McDonough is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. He teaches courses in the History and Philosophy of Education, Social Studies Curriculum, and Teaching Methods; his research focus is on Catholic Education.
Seyyed Hossein Nasr is arguably the foremost scholar of our age in Islamic Studies and is currently a University Professor at George Washington University. He has published over twenty books and hundreds of articles on Islamic Philosophy, which have been translated in numerous languages.
Leila Osman was previously an Islamic Studies teacher at Crescent Academy International and was among the team of educators who worked with Br. Dawud Tauhidi to develop the Tarbiyah Framework. She currently resides in Chicago and serves as the Islamic Studies Curriculum Coordinator at Islamic Foundation School.
Habeeb Quadri is Principal of the MCC Full Time School in Morton Grove, Illinois. He has co-authored a book entitled the War Within Our Heart: The Struggles of the Muslim Youth. He has a Bachelor in Teaching of History and a Masters in School Administration.
Omar Qureshi is an Academic Director at Islamic Foundation School in Chicago and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education at Loyola University Chicago. He has studied the Islamic Sciences in Saudi Arabia and in Syria.
Freda Shamma is a retired Teacher Educator, Curriculum Writer, and Founder of Foundation for Advancement and Development of Education and Learning (FADEL) that supports curriculum development in Islamic schools. Currently, Dr. Shamma is working on the completion of an Anthology of Muslim Literature.