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
Mr. Abraham provided the participants with a broad but understandable look at the Islam faith and how the core values relate to students in public school settings. We heard practical solutions to working with Muslim students that are also just plain good strategies for all students. Thank you new insights and new ideas and for broadening my world view!"
- Jeff N. - Principal, Burnsville Public Schools
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 insightful as it was engaging. Despite working with a Muslim student population for several years, I was shocked at how much practical information I was able to take away from this training."
- Josh P. - Teacher, Banaadir Academy.
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 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
This training answered the question of why professional development intended to better engage our Somali students so often falls short. When Islamic tenets and beliefs are unknown to educators and left out of culturally responsive training and practice we will continue to misunderstand our Somali students."
- Stephanie W. - Teacher, Rochester 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 was the training I have been looking for for years! You don't know what you don't know until someone tells you, and I know that this training will enrich my teaching of, relationships with, and understanding of my Muslim and Somali students."
- Lisa K. - Teacher, Bloomington Public Schools
I appreciated hearing about the roadblocks, and the internal struggles our Muslim students go through on a daily basis in our education system. I walked away with great ideas on how minimize these battles and how to help better fit education into the lives of our Muslim families, which is a high priority for everyone involved."
- Candice L. - Teacher, Wayzata 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 training opened my eyes to things I knew very little about. I feel more equipped to ask culturally appropriate questions and approach families and students in new ways!"
- Caroline D. - Educator, Robbinsdale 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
The Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools training was extremely helpful in my understanding of the cultural background that students may have, and I feel like I can now communicate better with families and be conscious of how my demeanor can affect their learning. Thank you for the insight!"
- Teacher, Rochester 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.
I have had Muslim students in my class since I began teaching, about 10 years ago. I have always enjoyed meeting the parents and building relationships with them and their children. Hearing about Islam brought new understanding to ways to build even better relationships. I loved hearing about life in a Mosque and Dugsi. This information has helped me understand my Muslim students' lives away from school. This conference was well worth it!"
- 3rd Grade Teacher, Anoka Hennepin Public Schools
This workshop was amazingly informative! The 6 hours I spent here were valuable and worthy of my time. Michael is extremely eloquent and clear, uses precise language, and gives gentle suggestions that your school could use in preparing for Muslim students and their needs."
- Sandra H. - Teacher, High View Middle School
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
Engaging Muslim Students, gave me a better perspective on many Muslim family's evening schedules. I hope to use this new found insight to better meet the need of the families we serve."
- Early Childhood and Family Educator, Hopkins Public Schools
Fabulous training! I was filled with knowledge and information and the speakers didn't mind all of our crazy questions!"
- Stephanie L. - Teacher, Rochester Public Schools
I got a lot of information that will help me proactively support my Somali students."
- Erik G. - Teacher, Edina Public Schools
This was the most in-depth training I have received on Muslim students and families! I am excited to see the benefits of the different tools and understanding I have gained!"
- Teacher, Highview Middle School
This training was so clear and gave me a lot of new insights into what to consider when teaching my Muslim students.
- Paula K. - Teacher, Robbinsdale 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