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Third Space Thoughts to Policy is the official podcast for the Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) program at IIIT, the International Institute of Islamic Thought. The purpose of our podcast (Third Space Thoughts to Policy) is to hear from experts and stakeholders in the field of education policy reform including policy advisors, governmental officials, academics, teachers, and parents. For IIIT, education is not just about mastering arithmetic and literacy, but improving community mindedness, moral reasoning, forgiveness, and empathy so that learning is a transformative process improving society as a whole by advancing each individual spiritually, emotionally, and mentally.
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Listen in to Amina's conversation on well-being and philanthropy with Dr. Shariq Siddiqui from Indiana University. Dr. Siddiqui is also part of the AEMS team at IIIT.Dr. Shariq Siddiqui serves as the visiting director and assistant professor of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Shariq has a Ph.D. and M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. He also has a JD from the McKinney School of Law at Indiana University and holds a B.A. in History from the University of Indianapolis.Shariq authors research on Muslim philanthropy and the Muslim nonprofit sector. Most recently, he conducted a national survey of full-time Islamic schools in the United States. This project resulted in the book (that he co-authored) Islamic Education in the United States and the Evolution of Muslim Nonprofit Institutions that will be published in November 2017. Shariq also serves as the co-editor of the new Journal on Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society and as the Series Editor of the Muslim Philanthropy and Civil Society Book Series published by Indiana University Press. He has served as a nonprofit practitioner for over 20 years for international, national, regional, and local nonprofit organizations.Shariq is also the former Executive Director of Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). ARNOVA is a leading international association that connects scholars, teachers, and practice leaders in research on nonprofit organizations, voluntary action, philanthropy and civil society.
Join the second part of our discussion with Mara Kronenfeld from the International Youth Foundation (IYF) as she discusses well-being of youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with Amina. Mara Kronenfeld is an international development specialist with over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and leading youth development programming in the Middle East and North Africa, a region where she has lived and worked in for many years. Mara has extensive leadership experience in youth workforce development, with a strong focus on program design and development, organizational capacity strengthening, and multi-sectoral partnership cultivation and collaboration. Mara currently serves as Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programs at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) where she has worked for close to a decade. As Regional Director, Mara oversees a diverse portfolio of youth education, employability, and empowerment programs in collaboration with partners such as the World Bank, USAID, OCP Foundation (Morocco), Hilton, Samsung, JP Morgan, Saudi Aramco, the King Khalid Foundation, and hundreds of local NGOs and community based organization across the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining IYF, Mara served in the Business Development department at AMIDEAST where she managed corporate, foundation, and individual fund-raising efforts and also as manager of the Fulbright scholarship program for students from the MENA region. Mara was a U.S. Fulbright grantee to Syria herself between 2001 and 2003 and while in Syria, also managed a U.S. State Department funded teacher training project and UNRWA’s English Language Club for Palestinian vocational students. She has also worked for the American University in Cairo. Mara brings Arabic language skills and a deep knowledge of the MENA region to IYF. Mara holds a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.
Join the first part of our discussion with Mara Kronenfeld from the International Youth Foundation (IYF) as she discusses well-being of youth in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with Amina. Mara Kronenfeld is an international development specialist with over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and leading youth development programming in the Middle East and North Africa, a region where she has lived and worked in for many years. Mara has extensive leadership experience in youth workforce development, with a strong focus on program design and development, organizational capacity strengthening, and multi-sectoral partnership cultivation and collaboration. Mara currently serves as Regional Director of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) programs at the International Youth Foundation (IYF) where she has worked for close to a decade. As Regional Director, Mara oversees a diverse portfolio of youth education, employability, and empowerment programs in collaboration with partners such as the World Bank, USAID, OCP Foundation (Morocco), Hilton, Samsung, JP Morgan, Saudi Aramco, the King Khalid Foundation, and hundreds of local NGOs and community based organization across the Middle East and North Africa. Before joining IYF, Mara served in the Business Development department at AMIDEAST where she managed corporate, foundation, and individual fund-raising efforts and also as manager of the Fulbright scholarship program for students from the MENA region. Mara was a U.S. Fulbright grantee to Syria herself between 2001 and 2003 and while in Syria, also managed a U.S. State Department funded teacher training project and UNRWA’s English Language Club for Palestinian vocational students. She has also worked for the American University in Cairo. Mara brings Arabic language skills and a deep knowledge of the MENA region to IYF. Mara holds a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies from New York University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Stanford University.
Listen into Amina's conversation with Walid Darab, the host and creator of the very popular Greed for Ilm podcast. They discuss the role of podcasts in human development, education, empathy, and well-being. With over 300,000 followers on Facebook who were attracted to his message of raising personal awareness to become better individuals, whether through religious knowledge or non-religious knowledge, Walid started a podcast to promote this cause which now has over 210 episodes and continues to grow with top-ratings.
Join Amina as she interviews Dr. Maryam Sharifian who visited and presented at IIIT during for the Summer Institute of Scholars in 2019. Dr. Sharifian talks about her study, "Trauma, Burnout, and Resilience of Syrian Primary Teachers Working Inside the War Zone". They discuss the findings from the study, the phenomenal resilience of teachers in the war zone in Syria, as well as the importance of teachers' well-being and how that plays a role in students' lives. Dr. Maryam Sharifian is an Assistant Professor at James Madison University, College of Education. Dr. Sharifian received her undergraduate and graduate degree in School Counseling from Tehran University in Iran. After completing her PhD in Early Childhood Education from SUNY at Buffalo, she started her position at JMU to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Sharifian serves as country liaison at Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) as a National Representative (representing Iran/Middle East). She also served as Board of Directors of ACEI for three years. She is an active member in several international Early Childhood Organizations such as the World Organization for Early Childhood Education, Cooperative and International Education Society and American Education Research Association to advocate for children and teachers' right. Dr. Sharifian addresses educational issues relating to children and teachers in the area of armed conflict (their well-being and resilience strategies). In addition, she has worked with children of undocumented Afghan immigrants, school girls in rural Tanzania and street children in Iran. She has several book chapters and article publications related to teacher training and children education.
Join Amina as she sits down to talk with Dr. Ilham Nasser from the IIIT (International Institute of Islamic Thought) about AEMS, the Advancing Education in Muslim Societies program. Dr. Nasser particularly focuses on the Mapping the Terrain study, a research project which investigates the conditions and status of education in Muslim societies while focusing on the person as a whole and more specifically at the socio-emotional and spiritual aspects of his/her being. It is about “learning to be” where education is not only about knowledge and skills but also about being a human being. Dr. Nasser talks about the different "constructs" or concepts chosen for the survey in the 2019 annual study which all relate to well-being either directly or indirectly.Dr. Nasser is the Director of Pedagogy and a Senior Researcher for the AEMS research team at IIIT. She is also a former Chair of the Peace Education Special Interest Group at the American Education Research Association (AERA) and has spent over twenty five years in teacher training and research in different educational settings in the United States, Africa, and the Middle East. Dr. Nasser was an associate professor in Early Childhood Education at George Mason University for 12 years. Her research interest includes studies and publications on the topic of global teachers’ professional development and more specifically, teacher preparation and professional development in social and political contexts and ways these influence children’s outcomes. Previously, she led the modernization of the curriculum for kindergarten in Iraq and the design and development of the first national curriculum for kindergarten in Palestine. Dr. Nasser has researched and published on education for forgiveness in the Arab World. Currently she is the Dean for the School of Education at Virginia International University.
Join Amina and Dr. Debbie Almontaser as they discuss her new book, Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals After 9/11, as well as inclusion, empathy, and culturally responsive education. Dr. Debbie Almontaser is an internationally recognized, award-winning educator, speaker and authority on cross cultural understanding. She is an influential community leader and the Founder and CEO of Bridging Cultures Group, Inc. Dr. Almontaser was the founder and former principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, NY. A twenty-five year veteran of the NYC Public School System, she taught special education, inclusion, trained teachers in literacy, and served as a multicultural specialist and diversity advisor. Currently, she is the Board President of the Muslim Community Network (www.mcnny.org). In 2005, Dr. Almontaser spearheaded the inauguration of Arab Heritage Week in New York City. She also sits on the Public Advocate Tish James’ Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh Task Force to Combat Hate. Dr. Almontaser is a founding board member of The Dialogue Project, Brooklyn Borough President’s New Diversity Task Force and board advisor for the Same Difference Interfaith Alliance. Dr. Almontaser served on the boards of Youth Bridge NY, Women In Islam, Inc., and Saba: The Association of Yemeni Americans. She is a co-founder of Brooklyn Bridges, the September 11th Curriculum Project, We Are All Brooklyn, and Women Against Islamophobia and Racism (WAIR).
Join Amina as she interviews Dr. Tavis Jules. They discuss geopolitics and education, whether globalization is on "pause", and how the absence of softer skills being taught by education systems either formally or informally can lead to disastrous outcomes.Dr. Tavis D. Jules is an Associate Professor of Cultural and Educational Policy at Loyola University Chicago, specifically focusing on Comparative and International Education and International Higher Education. Recently, he co-authored the book, Educational Transitions in Post-Revolutionary Spaces: Islam, Security, and Social Movements in Tunisia, with Teresa Barton, which explores the transformation of the education system in Tunisia following the Jasmine Revolution, the first of a wave of revolutions known as the Arab Spring. Dr. Tavis Jules also wrote the book Neither World Polity nor Local or National Societies: Regionalization in the Global South – the Caribbean Community (Peter Lang, 2012).He has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate courses at Loyola. He received his MA (2004) in International Educational Development, specializing in Peace Education, at Teachers College, Columbia University. He then went on to receive both an Ed. M. (2005) and Ed.D. (2008) in International Educational Development—International Educational Policy Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to arriving at Loyola, Dr. Jules held a variety of positions internationally. From 2009-2011 he worked as the Head of Knowledge and Communication for the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI), where he was responsible for developing fundraising, communication, marketing, and education programs. He also worked as a curriculum specialist (2008-2009) for Freedom House in New York, New York, where he wrote, coordinated, and edited an online curriculum manual and learning portal for educators teaching about democracy and freedom in Iran. His vast professional and academic experiences have led to research interests in regionalism and governance, transitory spaces, and policy challenges in small island developing states (SIDS). He also has written a plethora of book chapters ranging on topics from post-revolutionary higher education reforms in Tunisia to post-socialist conversions in the global South.
Join Amina as she interviews Fairfax County School Board candidate, Abrar Omeish. Abrar Omeish is a Yale graduate who is passionate about public service and community work and has served as a student, advocate, student government official, teacher, and community member. She currently works at a human rights and immigration law firm and substitute teaches in the school system. Omeish was also raised in Girl Scouting and earned the Gold Award. Just a summer ago, she ran for Fairfax County School Board, and she is running again this year. Omeish currently co-chairs the Human Resources Advisory Committee and has been incredibly passionate about equity and, driven by this interest served as the President of the Superintendent’s Advisory Council where the team carefully studied skills for "21st Century Learning" and proposed implementation thatcontributed to the current FCPS "Portrait of a Graduate." She also served on three School Board committees: advanced academics, where she consistently advocated for additional resources for students who aredisadvantaged and whose chances at success are undermined; one on student discipline following the tragic suicide of a fellow classmate and friend, led by his father and sparking necessary conversations; and the Superintendent selection committee, which contributes to the primary official role of the School Board. Omeish was also an intern for the FCPS Superintendent’s Office and, separately, led an anti-bullying campaign that amended FCPS policies. She also co-founded a completely youth-led, youth-run non-profit organization which has been running for ten years that serves lower-income youth in twenty centers across the county (www.giveyouth.org). Since then, she’s worked in several levels of government and policy-making and has been a part of community projects that have been generating real solutions tested on the ground.
Listen into Amina's conversation on education policy with Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, IIIT's current Chairman. Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the leader of Malaysia’s ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, President of the People’s Justice Party, and is expected to lead the country as its eighth Prime Minister. He served as Deputy Prime Minister from 1993-1998 and Finance Minister from 1991-1998. He was also the Minister of Education from 1986–1991. Since 1998, he has led the reform movement to strengthen democracy and the rule of law in the country. For his principled stance on issues of justice and the rule of law, he has spent over ten of the past 20 years in solitary confinement as a prisoner of conscience. He received a full pardon for all of the crimes alleged against him just days after his party won the Malaysian General Election on May 9, 2018.
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