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Bringing Anti-Bias Multicultural Education to your Islamic School Classroom

Originally held on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Presented by Margari Aziza Hill

Islamic schools are in a unique position to foster positive self-identities for students who value diversity, justice, and meaningful engagement by incorporating anti-racism education within the curriculum.

Building upon the goals of anti-bias education (positive self-identity, appreciation of diversity, awareness of injustice, and empowerment to respond to prejudice/injustice), Islamic schools can create learning communities that authentically reflect Islam’s egalitarian ethos.

20160730-unlearnracism-cf94e931-9e53-42cb-bf02-74a94c3b649dThis webinar offers new directions in the implementation of anti-bias education in diverse Islamic school communities. It outlines anti-bias learner-centered practices, which include storytelling, dialogue, art-based learning, and project based learning, as well as other tools that educators can use for incorporating anti-bias, multicultural education in their classroom.

Learning outcomes:

  • Drawing from teacher, parent, and student interviews, this webinar highlights the need for anti-bias, multicultural training in Islamic education settings
  • By outlining MuslimARC’s education values and competencies, participants are able to connect the Islamic scripture and traditions to anti-bias multicultural education
  • Participants will gain an understanding of the tools MuslimARC offers such as “All from Adam and Hawa K-12 Teacher Training”

 

Margari Aziza Hill

About the Presenter

Margari Aziza Hill is co-founder and Programming Director of Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC), assistant editor at AltM, columnist at MuslimMatters, and co-founder of Muslims Make it Plain. She is also an adjunct professor, blogger, and freelance writer with articles published in Time, SISTERS, Islamic Monthly, Al Jazeera English, Muslimmatters, Virtual Mosque (formerly Suhaibwebb.com), and Spice Digest. She is on the advisory councils of MPower Change, the Los Angeles Chapter of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA), and Islam and Social Justice and Inter-Religious Exchange (ISJIE) at the Theological Seminary. After converting to Islam in 1993, her life experiences as a Black American woman have informed her research and writing on Islam, education, race, and gender. She is a regular volunteer at Middle Ground Muslim Center, (where her husband Marc Manley is Religious Director), organizing charitable events and children’s programming. She has nearly a decade of teaching experiences at all levels from elementary, secondary, to college and adult education. She has worked in education in various capacities including as substitute teacher, instructor, curriculum design, school policy, teacher training, as well as teaching assistant and teaching fellow. She taught Writing and Literature at Al-Aqsa Islamic Academy, developed and instructed an Art and Literacy class for Clara Muhammad Summer Camp, worked as a Lead Teacher and Curriculum Developer at United Muslim Masjid Summer Madrasa, and taught traditional and online college level Introduction to World Religions. She earned her bachelor’s degree in History from Santa Clara University in 2003 and master’s in History of the Middle East and Islamic Africa from Stanford University in 2006. Her research includes colonial surveillance in Northern Nigeria, anti-colonial resistance among West Africans in Sudan during the early 20th century, transformations in Islamic learning in Northern Nigeria, and race in North American Muslim communities. She has given talks and lectures in various universities and community centers throughout the country.