Professional Learning Community

Muslim Educators

Educators Professional Learning Community

A specialized full day professional development program designed for Muslim educators, teachers, and administrators.
Participate in a day of networking, learning, and deep discussion designed to support the development of an education paradigm that stems from an Islamic worldview.

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Full Day Program (Saturday, Sept. 2)

Decolonizing and Desecularizing Curriculum & Pedagogy

Prophetic Teaching Methodology & Values-Centered Classrooms

The Thinking Classroom: Mathematics, Differentiation & Tarbiyah.

Best Practice in Effective and Engaging Arabic & Quran Learning

Muslim Administrators: Leading with Intention

Maintaining your Islamic Values as a Muslim Educator

Educators Program Schedule

Time Saturday Sept 2 (Rooms 801 A&B)
9:30 AM Registration
10:00 AM- 10:30 AM Opening Session
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

Prophetic Teaching Methodology & Values-Centered Classrooms

Sh. Mohammad Zahid Abu Ghudda & Dr. Aisha Sherazi

Room 801A

Upholding Your Islamic Values as a Muslim Educator

Nimao Ali & Sumble Kaukab

Room 801B

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM

Best Practice in Effective & Engaging Quranic Learning

Dr. Hamed Ghazali

Room 801A

Muslim Administrators: Leading with Intention

Dr. Mohammed Saleem & Sumble Kaukab

Room 801 B

1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Lunch Break @ Expo – Hall E  &
Duhr Prayer (Iqamah 1:45pm) – Hall D
2:45 PM- 4:00 PM

Decolonizing & Descularizing Curriculum & Pedagogy

Dr. Sharif El-Tobgui, Dr. Ahmed Abdel Meguid, & Memona Hossain

Room 801A

The Thinking Classroom: Mathematics, Differentiation & Tarbiyah
A Practical Hands-On Workshop for Teachers by Teachers

Heba Attia & Soha Azab

Room 801B


Nimao Ali

Nimao Ali is the principal of MAC Abraar Secondary School as well as a social justice activist and inspirational leader working as an educator for both adults and children for almost 20 years. Ms. Ali completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Mathematics at Carleton University and later received an Adult Education Teaching Certificate from Algonquin College and her Principal Qualifications from York University.

Dr. Carl Sharif El-Tobgui

Dr. Carl Sharif El-Tobgui holds a B.S. in Arabic Language from Georgetown University and a Master's and Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from McGill University and currently serves as Associate Professor Arabic & Islamic Studies and Director of the Arabic Language Program at Brandeis. He previously taught for five years at Harvard University as Preceptor of Arabic, and has also taught at the Middlebury College Summer Arabic Language School. Prof. El-Tobgui's scholarly expertise lies in the field of Islamic thought, with a concentration on theology, law, and jurisprudence. He is particularly interested in questions concerning the relationship between reason and revelation in the Islamic tradition and has published on the manifestations of this tension in the fields of classical Islamic jurisprudence and Qur'anic exegesis

Memona Hossain

Memona Hossain is a mother, community-based collaborator, and holds a Master's in Education from the University of Toronto. She is currently an Instructor Lecturer through the School of Environment at The University of Toronto. Memona has been working in the field of Mental Health, Addictions, and Developmental Disabilities for over 15 years. She publicly speaks and offers media comment on topics related to Islamophobia, Ecopsychology and the environment. Memona also serves on the Board of Directors for Faith & the Common Good and the Guelph Film Festival and serves as a Content Contributor for Faithfully Sustainable. Memona is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Muslim Association of Canada, and actively engages in dialogue on topics related to Islam & community development. She grew up and currently lives in the land that is part of the Treaty Lands & Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Sh. Mohammad Zahid Abu Ghudda

Shaykh Mohammad Zahid Abū Ghudda is the eldest son of the late Shaykh ‘Abd al-Fattāḥ Abū Ghudda, who is widely recognized as one of the leading Muslim scholars of the 20th century. Shaykh Zahid has studied the Islamic sciences extensively under the guidance of his late father and has been blessed to meet and learn from many Muslim scholars from around the world. Shaykh Mohammad Zahid’s lectures cover various Islamic sciences, including Fiqh, Ḥadīth, Akhlaq, Ulum al-Qur’ān and History. He is a frequent Khateeb and speaker at numerous Masajid in the Greater Toronto Area. He has authored and translated several books in both Arabic and English. He also holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and has been residing in Canada since 1991.

Dr. Hamed Ghazali

Dr. Hamed Ghazali has extensive experience in the field of Tarbiyah and issues related to work in classroom management. He holds a PhD. from the department of Curriculum and Instruction, Kansas State University. Dr. Ghazali worked as a Principal and Superintendent of several Islamic Schools, including ISNA Canada.

Dr. Aisha Sherazi

Dr. Aisha Sherazi was born in the UK, and migrated to Canada in 2000. She is the principal of MAC AlFurqan School in Ottawa that helps students memorize the Holy Quran by the end of Grade 8. Dr. Aisha Sherazi is also a spiritual care worker at Merivale High School and sits on the Steering Committee for the OCDSB Spiritual Care for Secondary Schools program. She formerly represented the Muslim community on COMPAC, a diversity committee containing community and members of the Ottawa Police Service, and continues to help train new recruits on Islam and engaging with the community. She is happily married with two busy children. She writes poetry and fiction, and paints in her spare time.

Sumble Kaukab

Sumble Kaukab is currently the Coordinating Principal for Secondary Education in the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment department at the Peel District School Board. She has been a secondary administrator for over 10 years in public schools located in Mississauga, Ontario.  She is now working centrally to support various initiatives within the Peel DSB but has over 20 years experience supporting Muslim students, staff and community. 

Dr. Mohammed Saleem

Dr. Mohammed Saleem's bio is coming soon

Heba Attia

Heba Attia holds a Masters in Education Psychology from the Institute of Education, University of London, UK.Human Biology, Mathematics and Arabic and Islamic History. She has been an educator for over 20 years, working in various school settings. She is currently a mathematics and science teacher with the Peel District School Board. On the school and board level, she supports Muslim students and educators, often serving as school sponsor for the MSA. Heba volunteers extensively at the community level, organizing tarbiyah based children and youth programs. She grew up and lives in Mississauga, and is married with two daughters.

Soha Azab

Soha Azab With a humble dedication to mathematics education, Ms. Azab holds both a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Education across all divisions. Across a span of 16 years, Ms. Azab has found purpose as an educator, particularly focusing on guiding and inspiring students through 12 years of IB Mathematics. This journey also led to the role of an IB examiner. Presently, as the School Development Lead at Olive Grove High School, Ms. Azab is privileged to support fellow educators, striving to foster an environment of growth and learning. Through these experiences, Ms. Azab remains committed to the nurturing of students and the continuous advancement of mathematics education with a Tarbiyah mindset.