What educational professionals have said about our trainings...
I found this training to be a piece that I needed in looking at a missing link in the work that I have been doing with our school environment. This brought connection, a-ha, and validation to building a stronger relational approach with our students and families.I wish I would have had this training five years ago when our school community went through an influx of refugee students and trying to support and understand the needs and experiences bringing brought to the whole school experience."
- Bridget H., Principal, Robbinsdale Public Schools
At this training, I learned so much about Islam in general and Minnesota's Muslim and Somali populations. The training covered big-picture facts and background information but also pointed out nuances within Muslim culture and how those give rise to cultural clashes for my Muslim students and their parents. I have a better functional understanding of the foundation of Islam and its role in my students' lives and feel more confident in my ability to provide a responsive curriculum that will engage all students. Thank you for a great day of applicable learning!”
- Alyssa J. - English Teacher, Eden Prairie High School
This training was absolutely phenomenal! I feel like a veil has been lifted when it comes to my understanding of Muslim students (especially my Somali students). Everything makes sense now! I wish I would have attended this training in college before I ever began teaching. This should be a requirement for every single teacher who has Muslim students in their classroom!"
- Jeffery W., Burnsville High School ESL Teacher.
This training was very helpful in understanding the mindset of Muslim students with regard to their identity and offers ways to enrich our learning environment and build trust with our Muslim students. Abraham bridges two worlds with ease and objectivity while clearly keeping students at the center."
- Theresa B. - ESL Teacher St. Louis Park Public Schools
I attended the October presentation of Teaching Muslim Students lead by Michael Abraham. During this presentation I was impressed with Michael's passion, knowledge, and insight into teaching students who are Muslim. He provided useful tools and strategies to support culturally relevant texts and resources for Muslim students as well as tools to support cultural understanding and tolerance for all. I was provided new and insightful insights into the life and culture of many of my students, and this insight has expanded my understanding of my students and has positively impacted my instruction. I recommend this training to those who want to either understand their Muslim students better, or to those who want to increase engagement and understanding for their students. It is a great training that enriched my own understanding of my students as well as my instruction."
- Mary B. SPED Teacher Autism Specialist at Vista View Elementary School ISD 191
"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 training helped me understand the cultural push and pull that goes on internally inside of Muslim students, what their family experience is like as far as role models, and had an awesome book list that I immediately purchased for my classroom!"
- Emily N., 4th Grade Teacher Edina Public Schools
I felt that this training should be mandatory for all teachers servicing the immediate twin cities area."
- Patricia G., Equity Specialist - Robbinsdale Public Schools
I truly appreciated this training. It can be hard to know where to seek information about Islam and how the faith impacts our students in public schools, and I feel like Abraham did a thorough job of providing background knowledge, while also making educational connections. In the few weeks after the training, I have already been able to apply some of the things I learned, which has helped my relationships with my Muslim students. I would recommend this training to any educator who works with Muslim students.
- Moriah S., SPED Paraprofessional St. Louis Park Middle School
I really appreciated the training, it gave me insight into the history of the Muslim community in the US and particularly Minnesota. I also valued the pedagogical tools that I acquired from the seminar, I believe they will be helpful for me moving forward with both Muslim students, as well as non-Muslim students.”
- English Teacher, Eden Prairie High School
This is one of the most inspiring workshops I've attended in a long time. It was filled with open and honest advice on how to communicate with all students."
- Crystal S, ESL Teacher, Edina Public Schools
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 Charter School
I was very happy to have learned so much in such a short period of time. I appreciated the background information on Islam as well as the more specific information about Somali culture. The lecture was engaging and the class' questions were always answered thoroughly. There was a wide array of information spanning from elementary to post secondary, in every subject area, and a book list."
- Teacher at Harding High School with St. Paul Public Schols
I took away so much from this training. I learned more about the Muslim culture and I learned strategies on how to adapt my teaching to fit their learning style as well as strategies to connect with them. A wonderful course that every teacher should take!"
- Ashly M. - Teacher with Burnsville Public Schools
Honestly, it was the best training. It was great to understand the insights of the history of Muslim immigrants and culture."
- ESL Teacher, St. Cloud Public Schools
This seminar was really helpful for me. I haven't been well educated in the Islamic faith or some of the dominant ethnic cultures that follow Islam, and all of the information was well presented and will help me build relationships with my Muslim students in the future. I recommend this to all public school teachers. Michael and Qorina were wonderful about leaving room for questions and offering thoughtful responses.
- English Teacher, Eden Prairie Public Schools
I learned several insights into muslim culture and reasons behind the What? and the Why? I loved the book recommendations.”
- Nicola H., Elementary Teacher Eden Prairie Public Schools
After the training I had conversations with my students about what I learned. They LIT up with excitement that I was interested and learned about Islam.”
- Melinda B. - Teacher - Media Center Specialist, Minnetonka Public Schools
During the training I had many "aha!" moments relating to specific students. Certain interactions or sets of behaviors now made more sense to me. Understanding clears the way for true relationships and communication!”
- Chris W. - Art Teacher, St. Anthony Public Schools.
Great content & well organized. I appreciated having a female Muslim's perspective as well!!"
- ESL Teacher at Coon Rapids High School with Anoka Hennepin Public Schools
Thank you for this training! It was interesting, insightful, and inspiring.”
- Mary F. - Youth Serving Youth Supervisor, Edina Public Schools