Location: 6100 N. River Road, Rosemont, Illinois, USA
||Title: 13th Annual ISNA-CISNA Education Forum April 6-8
13th Annual ISNA-CISNA Education Forum 2012
Theme: Islamic Schools-Engaging Learning Communities
April 6-8, 2012
Westin O’Hare Hotel
6100 N. River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018
Deadline for Proposals is November 15, 2011
Testimonials from Education Forum Attendees:
"The ISNA Education Forum provides us with the pulse of Islamic education in our country. This is drawn not just from all the networking, but also the quality and scope of the workshops and how they are received".
"2010 Conference was another success, we thank the organizers for their hard work in ensuring that this great group of Muslim Educators meets and exchanges experiences and concerns, in the best atmosphere".
“I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with so many wonderful brothers and sisters who are at the forefront of the Islamic education in North America”.
“The education forum offers great professional development and networking opportunities”.
“This forum is a wonderful platform with relevant and applicable topics and sessions”.
“I just wanted to congratulate the ISNA education forum planning committee for a wonderful job. MashaAllah!”
”With deepest appreciation to those who have made the education forum a great success”.
Nov. 15th 2011: Submit Abstracts/Proposals on-line
Nov. 25th 2011: Receive Notification via email
Jan 9th 2012: Submit Completed Papers
Jan. 24th, 2012 Receive Feedback on papers from the Education Forum Program Committee
The 13th ISNA Education Forum is scheduled for April 6-8 in Rosemont, IL.
Proposals are solicited for presentations that are grounded in practical experience and supported by research. Preference will be given to papers that address the recommended topics.
Topics of Interest:
Arabic Language and Integration
Best Practices in Islamic Studies
Character Education and Islamic Environment
Characteristics of High Impact Boards and Members
Data Driven School Improvement
Developing Student Leaders
Effective Teaching Practices/Classroom Management
Guidelines for Effective Board Meetings
Integrating Technology into Teaching
Learning Assessment Models
Response to Intervention
Staff Empowerment/Succession Planning
Systematizing the School Functions for Sustainability
Weekend School Challenges and Solutions
Working Successfully with Difficult Personalities/Conflict Management
Consideration will be given to papers that:
Address the topics listed above
Propose interesting and practical solutions
Provide solutions with hands-on application
Provide material that can be utilized
Benefit a wide range of audience for schools that are operating at various stages of growth/development.
Guidelines for Submission:
Proposals must be submitted electronically using the electronic Proposal Submission Form. Please do not e-mail or “snail-mail” your proposal to ISNA Education Forum. If you have difficulty with the Proposal Submission Form, please contact ISNA at email@example.com. The electronic submission form contains detailed instructions. The form must be completed in its entirety, to be considered.
Note: All fields in the electronic form must be completed. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*). The form will not be considered by the ISNA Education Forum unless these fields contain complete and valid information.
Title of Proposed Session: The Title of the proposal should not exceed ten (10) words and should capture the essence of the presentation.
Abstract: The Abstract may not exceed 50 words. The abstract is a brief summary of the full proposal (below). If the paper is selected for presentation at the forum, this abstract will appear in the conference program.
Proposal: This is the full description of the presentation. It should be much more detailed than the abstract. The Proposal may not exceed 500 words. Proposals that are too short and lack details may be denied. Description of the paper in outline format is an acceptable form for the proposal submission.
Targeted Audience: Who will benefit from this presentation?
Contact Information: Indicate a contact person regarding this proposal with whom ISNA can communicate. If the proposed session has only one speaker, then this person will also be the contact person. If there is more than one speaker, the contact person will serve as the liaison between ISNA and the rest of the speakers.
Brief Speakers Bio: Complete a brief bio for at least one of your proposed speakers. At a later date, you may be asked to submit bios for all speakers. If you are selected to speak at the conference, the speaker's bio will appear in the conference program and should not exceed 250 words.
It is advisable to print a copy of the proposal for your records. Upon its submission, your proposal will be reviewed for completeness, and the contact person will receive a confirmation e-mail. Incomplete proposals may be disqualified. If the proposal is accepted, the presenter will be asked to submit a paper for publication in the program booklet.
Accommodations for Presenters:
Each presenter will be provided with shared hotel accommodation, meals, and complimentary conference registration. Speakers must be present for the full duration of the conference, from noon on Friday, April 6, 2012 until noon on Sunday, April 8, 2011.
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The Islamic calendar or Muslim calendar or Hijri calendar (Arabic: التقويم الهجري; at-taqwīm al-hijrī) is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months
in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is used to date events in many Muslim countries (concurrently with the Gregorian calendar), and used by Muslims everywhere to determine
the proper day on which to celebrate Islamic holy days and festivals. The first year was the year during which the emigration of the Islamic prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina,
known as the Hijra, occurred. Each numbered year is designated either H for Hijra or AH for the Latin anno Hegirae (in the year of the Hijra).
A limited number of years before Hijra (BH) are used to date events related to Islam, such as the birth of Muhammad in 53 BH.
Being a purely lunar calendar, it is not synchronized with the seasons. With an annual drift of 11 or 12 days, the seasonal relation repeats about every 33 Islamic years.
Hijri Calendar / Gregorian Calendar
The Islamic months are named as follows...
Muharram (Arabic: المحرّم) is the first month of the Islamic calendar. It is one of the four sacred months of the year in which fighting is prohibited.
Since the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar, Muharram moves from year to year when compared with the Gregorian calendar.
Muharram is so called because it is unlawful to fight during this month; the word is derived from the word haram, meaning "forbidden".
It is held to be the most sacred of all the months, excluding Ramadan. Some Muslims fast during these days. The tenth day of Muharram is called Yaumu-l 'Ashurah
Many Sunni Muslims fast during this day, because Musa (Moses) and his people obtained a victory over the Egyptian Pharaoh on the 10th day of Muharram;
according to them Islamic prophet Muhammad asked Muslims to fast on this day, and also a day extra either before or after.
Safar (صفر) is the second month in the Islamic calendar.
The root of the name, صفر ṣafr, has three basic areas of meaning: 1) whistle, hiss, chirp; 2) be yellow, pale (for humans); 3) to be empty, devoid, vacant.
The name of the month likely derives from the color yellow or vacancy.
Rabi' al-awwal (ربيع الأوّل) is the third month in the Islamic calendar. During this month, Muslims around the world celebrate Mawlid - the birthday of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.
Sunni Muslims believe the exact date of birth of Muhammad to have been on the twelfth of this month, whereas Shi'a Muslims believe him to have been born on the dawn of the
seventeenth day. The name Rabī‘ al-awwal means the first [month] or beginning of spring, referring to its position in the pre-Islamic Arabian calendar before the practice of
intercalation was abolished.
The celebration of the Mawlid is done differently depending on the country. In some areas celebrations begin as early as the first of the month and can continue till the end of
the month. Muslims generally put coloured lights on roads streets and their homes and put green flags as well to celebrate. In many countries a procession is also conducted on
12th or 17th of Rabiul Awal night and day. On these occasions sweets and drinks are also distributed widely from home to home and to the general public.
In some areas Muslims also exchange gifts.
Rabī’ al-Thānī (ربيع الثاني) is the fourth month in the Islamic Calendar. It is also known as Rabī` al-Ākhir (ربيع الآخر).
Jumada al-awwal (جمادى الأول) is the fifth month in the Islamic calendar.
We can also find the alternative spelling Jumada al-Ula.
The origin of the word is as follows: the word Jumda, from which the name of the month is derived, is used to denote dry parched land: land devoid of rain, and hence denote the dry months
Jumada al-Thani (جمادى الآخر أو جمادى الثاني) is the sixth month in the Islamic Calendar.
It is also known as Jumaada al-Akhir and Jumada al-Akhira.
This is the sixth month of the Islamic calendar. The origin of the word is as follows: the word Jumda, from which the name of the month is derived, is used to denote dry parched land: land devoid of rain, and hence denote the dry months
Rajab (Arabic: رجب) is the seventh month of the Islamic calendar. The lexical definition of Rajaba is "to respect", of which Rajab is a derivative.
This month is regarded as one of the four sacred months in Islam in which battles are prohibited. The pre-Islamic Arabs also considered warfare blasphemous during the four months,
a view that has been confirmed in Islam. Dua of Rajab
The month is also a prelude to the month of Ramadan, which follows after the intervening month of Sha'ban. Therefore, when Prophet Muhammad sighted the moon of Rajab,
he used to pray to Allah in the following words: اللّهمّ بارك لنا في رجب و شعبان وبلّعنا رمضانAllahumma baa-rik-lanaa fee-rajaba wa sha'bana wa bal-lig-naa shah-ra ramadana
"O Allah, make the months of Rajab and Sha'ban blessed for us, and let us reach the month of Ramadan (i.e. prolong our life up to Ramadan, so that we may benefit from its merits and blessings)."
Sha'aban (Arabic: شعبان) is the eighth month of the Islamic calendar. This is the month of ‘separation’, so called because the pagan Arabs used to disperse in search of water.
On the fifteenth night of this month falls the Shab-i-Barat: ‘The Night of Records’; some people think that on this night the prophet Muhammad told his followers that Allah records
all the deeds that the humans have to perform for the next year.
Ramadan (Arabic: رمضان) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Qur'an was revealed.
Ramadan is the holiest of months in the Islamic calendar, and fasting in this month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.
The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset. The name came from the time before the Islamic calendar,
when the month of Ramadan fell in the summer. Fasting during this month is often thought figuratively to burn away all sins.
Muslims believe that the Qur'an was sent down to the lowest heaven during this month, thus being prepared for gradual revelation
by the angel Jibral (Gabriel) to the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Furthermore, Muhammad told his followers that the gates of Heaven would
be open all the month and the gates of Hell (Jahannam) would be closed. The first day of the next month, Shawwal,
is spent in celebrations and is observed as the "Festival of Breaking Fast" or `Eid ul-Fitr.
Shawwāl (شوّال) is the tenth month of the lunar Islamic calendar. Shawwāl means to ‘lift or carry’; so named because she-camels normally would be carrying a fetus at this time of
The first day of Shawwāl is Eid ul-Fitr. Some Muslims observe six days of fasting during Shawwāl beginning the day after Eid ul-Fitr since fasting is prohibited on this day.
These six days of fasting together with the Ramadan fasts, are equivalent to fasting "perpetually", according to Sahih Muslim.
The reasoning behind this tradition is that a good deed in Islam is rewarded 10 times, hence fasting 30 days during Ramadan and 6 days during Shawwāl is equivalent to fasting
the whole year in terms of reward. It is a common misconception that the six days of fasting must be undertaken on consecutive days, but there is no hadith that support or
Dhu al-Qa'dah, Dhu'l-Qadah, or Dhu al-Qi'dah (ذو القعدة) is the eleventh month in the Islamic calendar.
It is one of the four sacred months in Islam during which warfare is prohibited, hence the name ‘Master of Truce’.
Dhu al-Hijjah (ذو الحجة) is the twelfth and final month in the Islamic Calendar.
This is a very sacred month in the Islamic calendar, marking the end of the year. It is in this month in which the Hajj Pilgrimage takes place.
"Dhu al-Hijjah" literally means ‘Possessor of the Pilgrimage.’ It is during this month that pilgrims from all around the world congregate at Mecca to visit the Kaaba.
The Hajj is performed on the eighth, ninth and the tenth of this month. Day of Arafa takes place on the ninth of the month. Eid ul-Adha, the ‘Festival of the Sacrifice,’
begins on the tenth day and ends on the 13th.