Abraham Education recently partnered with local Muslim community parents and leaders in the Seattle area to bring Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools to that area in person. The training was conducted at Chief Sealth High School and attended by over 150 local educators including district leaders and teachers from districts and charter schools around Washington. This program is very much one that has to be experienced to fully appreciate it, so the comments of attendees speak best to it. Below is a sampling of words from our respected attendees in Seattle of August 2023...
I've been serving Muslim students and families for 7 years now, and I fervently wish I could go back in time and get this training before I started. It was SO HELPFUL to understand places where our US schooling system may be at odds with Islamic beliefs, how to better accommodate prayer for students and families, and how to make classroom learning structures a better fit for education that many of our students are already receiving at weekend religious schools, to name a few. I feel much more culturally competent when it comes to providing support and education to my Muslim students and their families after taking this training. It was one of the best professional developments I have ever received in my 7 years as an educator.
- Joseph D., Biology Teacher - Cleveland STEM High School, Seattle Public Schools
I am so happy that I attended the training offered by Abraham Education. I was able to come away from the training with so many practical ideas to implement to more successfully welcome and engage our Muslim students. I was provided with an understandable overview of the history of Muslims in the US and the unique and specific challenges Muslim students face when they are exposed to the teaching methods in our public school system that are so different than the system of teaching used in religious instruction. This course is fantastic, and I highly recommend that all teachers and administrators take the course - it is hands down the best Professional Development class I've had in years.
- Mary E. C., Special Education Teacher - Seattle Public Schools
If you teach in public schools this training is a must. It is not only informative but gives each educator actionable steps to better support Muslim students in their school.
- M. F-M. - Teacher, Kindergarten Teacher - Westhill Elementary, Kent School District
Mr. Abraham presents important "how to" guidance to work more successfully with our Muslim students and families. The historical contexts he uses are just as important in learning and understand more about the why behind cultural and religious beliefs. This knowledge will help us do better.
- Jeff G., Principal - Auburn High School, Auburn School District
Michael Abraham's seminar was one of the best professional development classes I've taken in a while. His lecture was filled with valuable information that left me thinking about how I can better serve my students and get more family involvement. Additionally, he demonstrated strategies that I could take back to my classroom right away, and he provided a list of resources and books that can be used for teaching as well as titles that can be added to the classroom library."
- Shannon C., Teacher - San Islo Elementary School, Seattle Public Schools
Every part of this training was valuable. The topics were directly applicable and insightful.
- Deborah F., Elementary Teacher Librarian, Edmonds School District
I found this workshop very informative and helped me to think about how to create the conditions for Muslim students and families to be included in both the community of school, but also to thrive (rather than just survive) in their learning experiences.
- Teacher, Seattle Public Schools