Teacher Training

“Right now, professional development is my passion. I think the key word here is ‘profession.’ Too often society does not see teaching as a profession. There is much more to being a teacher than being in one classroom. Once teachers get out to share and learn from one another, a whole new dimension to teaching is set in motion.”

Joan’s unique, engaging teacher training approach has taken her from Georgetown University to the campus of Yale and other sites across the country. For the Continuing Professional Studies division of Bank Street College of Education, Joan teaches a course in Morocco on comparative models of multi-cultural education. As a teacher and author committed to the professional development of new and veteran teachers, she has presented in partnership with the NYC Department of Education and the Scarsdale Teachers Institute.  She also presents regularly at the conferences of professional organizations.

Here is a sampling of her most recent appearances and topics:

Instructor for Bank Street College of Education, Cultural Explorations in Morocco: Implications for Educators in Multicultural Settings held annually each spring in Morocco.

Presenter at the Sackler Gallery for the Georgetown Center of Contemporary Arab Studies in conjunction with the exhibit Roads of Arabia, 2013.

Full-day workshop presenter for the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding of Georgetown University, with Susan Douglass, presented for the Salk Lake City school system (2012) and the Northern Illinois University for the Rockford Public Schools, Illinois in 2010.

Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. “Using Sindbad the Sailor to teach about the Eastward Journey of Islam.” November, 2008

Yale University, Programs in International Educational Resources (PIER).
“Travel and Trade on the Indian Ocean: Teaching Strategies.” July, 2008

Yale University, PIER. “Teaching about Muslim Cities: Classroom Strategies.”  July, 2007.

National Archives, Northeast Region, NYC. “Re-enacting Past Elections Using Primary Sources” in partnership with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and the NYC Department Of Education. June, 2008

Bank Street College of  Education, NYC. ”Incorporating Teaching about Islam into the Curriculum” a one-day workshop presented for New Perspectives, Bank Street College of Education, NYC. February, 2008.

Scarsdale Teacher Institute, Scarsdale, NY. ”Incorporating Teaching about Islam into the Curriculum” a twelve-hour workshop. February, 2007

American Forum for Global Education, NYC. “Islam and the World.”  April, 2003

Asia Society, NYC.  “Trade, Travel and Scholarship in Dar al Islam.” March  2002