ISLA Leadership Retreat 2023

Breaking the Silence:

Addressing the Realities of

Health & Sex Education in Islamic Schools

December 1-3, 2023
Diyanet Center of America, Lanham, Maryland

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Breaking the Silence:

Addressing the Realities of Health and Sex Education in Islamic Schools

Islamic schools can no longer avoid addressing health and sex education for Muslim children. If Islamic schools will not educate on this topic, they will be “educated” through a myriad of other sources. Join ISLA to understand the complex realities surrounding these subjects while working on a plan to address the topics more comprehensively in your own schools.

Whether your Islamic school is only an elementary school, or if it goes up to middle and high school, discover core principles and learning objectives that are developmentally appropriate across the grade-span. Discuss contemporary issues that make the teaching of these subjects even more important, and learn how to do so in a way that is grounded within an Islamic worldview.

The ISLA Leadership Retreat provides Islamic school administrators, department leaders, counselors, coaches and teacher-leaders the ability to explore this theme in a professional and supportive environment. Through interactive workshops and opportunities to learn from other experts in the field, ISLA Retreat participants walk away with a better understanding of the issues and possible solutions to this complex topic.

Intended Audience:

Islamic School Administrators
Department Leaders
Teachers of K-12th grade
Curriculum Developers
Youth Workers
Imams working in Islamic schools or with youth
Social/Emotional Learning Coordinators/Coaches

Retreat Goals

Join us at the ISLA Retreat 2023 in order to achieve the following goals:

  1. Discuss contemporary issues that make the teaching of these subjects practical and realistic
  2. Learn principles and objectives that are developmentally appropriate for you to teach about health and sexual education across the grade-span
  3. Access resources that you can use for training teachers and teaching students
  4. Synthesize your new learnings to create a customized approach that is best suited for your school community

Highlights include:

  • Off campus visit to Islamic school/historical Islamic sites (Friday morning)
  • Understand the realities around health & sex education curriculum
  • Learn about other Islamic schools’ approaches to these subjects
  • Tahajjud, Jama’a, Khatera


Diyanet Center of America 

9610 Good Luck Road
Lanham, MD 20706
The Diyanet Center of America is a beautiful Ottoman-style campus with a mosque, restaurant, lodging, cultural center, pool, and more. The ISLA Retreat 2023 will have its workshops and activities occur at this center, including lodging from Friday night- Sunday morning (2 nights). Food will be catered from the delicious halal restaurant on site, which specializes in authentic Turkish cuisine.

Retreat Registration Tickets 

Early Bird (ENDS September 30, 2023)

Member School: $475 / person
Non-Member School: $550 / person

Regular Tickets (Oct 1- Oct 31, 2023)

Member School: $575 / person
Non-Member School: $650 / person

Registration Closes on November 1

Your ISLA Retreat ’23 Registration Ticket includes the following: 

Retreat Registration from Friday-Sunday

Retreat starts with Jummah at DCA (1 pm) and runs until Sunday at 12 pm EST

5 Halal Meals

Friday Dinner, Saturday Breakfast, Saturday Lunch, Saturday Dinner, and Sunday Breakfast served from the Diyanet Center of America’s authentic Turkish restaurant

Shared Lodging on the Diyanet Center of America campus

Check in on Friday Dec 1 – Check out on Sunday Dec 3

ISLA will assign lodging in same-gender rooms at its discretion, with up to 4 individuals in a shared room and shared bathroom. 

Lodging in the Residential Houses



Lodging in the Semi-Private Hotel-Style Rooms 


Add-On Options

Very limited private and dual occupancy lodging is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for an additional cost. Additional nights can also be added for an additional cost. Additional meals for early / late arrivals may be purchased at Diyanet’s highly acclaimed restaurant (on site) for an additional charge, during normal restaurant business hours.

Travel Information

If flying into Maryland or the surrounding area, the closest airport is Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI).
BWI is about a 30 minute drive (without traffic) to Diyanet Center of America. We suggest planning to take an Uber/Lyft or other ride share from the airport to Diyanet. ISLA will not be able to arrange for transport from the airport to the retreat location.
Other airports that may be considered include: 
  • Reagan National Airport (DCA)
    • About 30 minutes (without traffic) to the Diyanet Center of America (link to directions)
    • As this airport is located in Washington, DC, traffic can get congested coming into/out of here if driving during rush hour.
  • Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD)

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