The Unspoken Challenges Facing Students Today
Limited scholarships are available for the ISLA Leadership Retreat for those who meet the eligibility criteria.
- Identify and explore the challenges students face in the 21st century
- Develop strategies to respond to the needs of diverse learners
- Explore social and emotional aspects of students’ development; understand mental health needs and methods of support
- Implement mindfulness techniques for students and educators
Today’s students face a range of challenges, from struggles with mental health to Islamophobia. Are Islamic schools successfully meeting these challenges? The main objective of our schools twenty years ago was to create schools that prepared Muslim youth for the academic rigor of college. A good school was judged based on how many students got accepted into prestigious universities and colleges. While this is still important, we can no longer ignore the dire needs that Muslim American youth are facing daily.
In addition to internationalizing Islamophobia, Muslim American youth face the same social and emotional challenges that non-Muslim youth feel. There is a rise in Muslim youth suicides, addictions and other social ills. Muslim Americans are facing an identity crisis. What are Islamic schools doing to successfully meet these challenges? How are we preparing our teachers, administrators, parents, and students to face these growing problems?
This leadership retreat will focus on identifying the challenges students face in today’s world. We will work collaboratively on developing strategies to respond to these challenges to meet the social and emotional needs of students’ development and mental well-being while also implementing mindfulness techniques in our professional practices.
On the last day of the retreat, participants will create an action plan that they can take back to their schools to implement the new knowledge and insights they have gained from their weekend-long professional development. Bonfires, canoeing, and other planned activities will also help build necessary professional networks amongst the participants.
This year, ISLA has created multiple opportunities for discounted registration! Earliest registrants get the steepest discounts! Member schools also receive discounts, no matter when they register. And, multiple registrants from the same school receive 10% off during Early Bird and Regular registration.
Price includes Registration, Lodging (Friday-Sunday), and Meals for the duration of the conference. Lodging is based on double occupancy. Non-Lodging Rate is available for locals wishing to commute daily. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.