Ihsan Education (™) inspires academic and moral excellence to empower students to empower Muslim communities to thrive in diverse contexts and contribute to the betterment of all humanity.
"Ihsan" comes from the Arabic root word "husn" which means beauty, and its literal meaning is “to do what is beautiful toward others”. It is usually translated into "Excellence" and entails demonstrating one's inner faith outwardly through a sense of social responsibility.
As such, Ihsan Education employs a moral or values based framework that cultivates the growth of beautiful morals which enable students to understand the essence of their faith and how to embody it in a diverse, pluralistic, and complex society. The outcome is students who are well rooted in the *correct* understanding of their faith and spiritual traditions and are therefore open-minded, compassionate, generous, and collaborative with people of all faiths and backgrounds, in order to be a catalyst for positive change and peace in our world.
Ihsan Education (™) provides the following services:
- Classes for adults and children on faith and education
- Online training for educators, parents and administrators in order to achieve excellence in education. You can view more information at Online Training tab.
- Children's English/Arabic Books where we have released three children's book in the "Hadi's Adventures" series, which promote creativity, positive values and an appreciation for diversity and are an excellent tool/resource to use to complement objectives of the online training for educators. Visit the books tab above for more information.
- Free Resources including articles, videos and webinars to inspire excellence in education. Visit the Free Resources tab above to view.
Founder and Director
Raghad Hamdi is committed to inspiring individuals, schools, communities, and organizations to transform into more compassionate and contributing agents of our diverse society. She has completed a Bachelors Degree with a major in psychology, a Bachelor of Education from Canadian universities and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the United Kingdom with a dissertation on case studies and best practices for effective teacher development programs. She has acquired training in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Model, which is based on inquiry based teaching, while she was teaching at an IB school in the Middle East. She is currently completing her PhD in education at a Canadian University as an Ontario Graduate Scholar.
She has also acquired training in compassion cultivation and spiritual care at Stanford University in the U.S. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching, school administration, coaching, training, consulting, and program development in educational excellence and well-being, leadership development, and diversity management in both public and private schools, universities, government, and non-profit organizations in Canada, the U.S., and the Middle East. Her experience included developing and delivering training and coaching to teachers in the UAE on 21st-century teaching and learning including inquiry based teaching and learning. The inquiry based training model which she contributed to substantially has been implemented with over 200 teachers in the UAE therefore potentially impacting over 10 000 students.
She has also presented her research at prestigious education conferences such the Consortium for the Study of Ethics and Leadership in Education Values and Leadership Conference at Western University and the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference in Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also a member of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), Canadian Association for Action Research in Education (CAARE), Canadian Educational Researcher’s Assocation (CERA), and The Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC).
Expert Guest Speakers and Trainers:
Dr. Dilara Alim Sayeed has a doctorate from Harvard University and masters degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Dilara currently served as former Chief Education Officer at the Golden Apple Foundation, where she and her team develop effective new teachers who commit to teaching students at schools-of-need across Illinois- truly meaningful work! The Golden Apple also awards exemplar educators through the annual Golden Apple Awards. Dilara’s family immigrated to the United States when she was three years old and her very first memory is of her HeadStart graduation from the Jane Adams Preschool in Chicago. As an educator, Dilara has spent the last 20 years striving to ensure that all students, every year, are learning with effective educators and adults. Dilara has served as a teacher in 5th and 8th grades, a university instructor, a consultant and an entrepreneur. She strives for excellence in every way and brings to the work of education leadership a unique combination of instructional expertise, strong strategy and management skills, and valuable operations experience.
One of her most impactful professional experiences began in 2010 when, on a visit to several schools in India, she co-founded The Global Teacher. This Ed-Tech initiative facilitates ongoing educator collaboration utilizing virtual face-to-face technology and curated online resources. As a result of the Global Teacher, students benefit from educators who exchange peer coaching with colleagues around the world. She and her husband, Dr. Yousuf Sayeed, live in Chicago. When they are not working or serving in the community, they love to hang out with their adult children, listen to Saavn, kayak along the lake, and ski.
Mr. Asad Chowdhury is a doctoral student at the University of Calgary with the Werklund School of Education, specializing in senior educational leadership in the K-12 context. He graduated from Carleton University with a Major in Psychology and minor in Mathematics, and completed his BEd at the University of Ottawa. Asad also pursued his Masters of Education with the key focus on the Psychology of learning and using innovative technological means inside classrooms and online environments. He has been an educator for over 13 years in Canada and around the world; with 6 years of school leadership and administrative experience in both private and public school divisions.
Asad is currently the the Principal at the London Islamic School and previously served as a Principal with the Palliser Regional School Division in Calgary, AB. He was also the founding Principal of Tarbiyah Learning Academy, a full-time Ontario private school located in Ottawa. Asad was also a co-founder of the Higher Learning Institute in 2010; a learning center which fosters a positive learning environment for students of all ages by providing the individualized attention each student needs.
Asad has been invited by a number of universities, schools, and educational conferences across Canada to conduct professional development workshops for teachers and teacher candidates on classroom inclusivity and student engagement. He is also involved with many Muslim youth programs and is frequently invited by various organizations to conduct workshops and lectures across Canada.
Dina Shalabi is currently the Islamic Studies Coordinator and Character Education Lead at the Elementary campus of Abraar School, Ottawa, Ontario. Dina holds a Master of Arts in Education concentrating on society, culture, & literacy from the University of Ottawa. Her thesis involved the concept of culturally relevant pedagogies and how to make learning more effective to Muslim students in public schools. It is one of Dina's most important commitments to help the Muslim community reach its potential and develop a healthy and constructive cultural presence in Canada. She serves the community in various capacities such as Chairing the Management Board of a weekend Arabic School, providing teacher training, and sitting on the judging panel of community scholarships offered to Muslim youth in Ottawa. Dina's professional experience includes working in the field educational counselling and government-funded research projects on gender based violence and social intervention programming.
To Join Our Team
Please send us a CV and cover letter with your interest in which department you can contribute to (Ie/training, curriculum, coaching and consulting) to email@example.com.