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Sawsan Jaber, Ph.D.

Dr. Sawsan Jaber is a global educator, presenter, equity strategist, curriculum designer, and keynote speaker of 20+ years. She is currently a high school English teacher and a District Equity Leader at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL. Dr. Jaber founded Education Unfiltered Consulting and works with schools nationally and internationally. She completed her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on inclusion and belonging of students from marginalized communities. Sawsan was awarded the Cook County Teacher of the year in 2023, IDEA Teacher of the Year in 2022 and has been nominated as the Illinois Teacher of the Year for 2023.

Abeer Ramadan-Shinnawi, Med

Abeer Ramadan-Shinnawi is a Palestinian American educator of 20+ years. She has held leadership positions in the U.S. in various school and district settings.  Abeer is a veteran middle school social studies teacher who has used her own upbringing as a child of immigrants to help connect students, schools, and communities. She has worked with schools, cultural institutions, and publishers throughout her career to provide curriculum, content, and activities that reflect BIPOC students and teachers. Ramadan-Shinnawi started her own education consulting business in 2019 called Altair Education Consulting out of a need to create learning pathways about Muslim and Arab youth for all educators but also provide educational materials, professional development, and speaking sessions about amplifying the voice and history of the Arab/Muslim American communities.  She was a resource teacher in the Baltimore County Public Schools Office of Social Studies, leading curriculum development and supporting teachers. In addition, she served as an equity liaison and the co-facilitator of an affinity group for teachers of color. She also created and facilitated a student support group that provided safe spaces for Arab/Muslim immigrant female students. Ramadan-Shinnawi is a member of many Teacher Advisory groups: the Smithsonian National Museum of Native Americans in Washington DC, EdLoc Culturally Responsive Social Studies Accelerator, and the National Arab American Women’s Association. Ramadan-Shinnawi has written many education guides for ABRAMS Books. Abeer has been featured in several conferences and podcasts and has written several blogs, journals, and newsletter publications, hoping to continue working with educators to empower students to share their narratives to work towards global equity and justice. 

Show Highlights

  • Intentional erasure of the Arab narrative
  • Why should we have more conversations about Arab communities
  • School strategies
  • Co-teaching strategies
  • Student affinity spaces

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Additional Resources

LE 233: How to Welcome and Support New American Students with Abeer Shinnawi

LE 193: Are We Complicit? The Palestinian Narrative and Untold Story with Dr. Sawsan Jaber

LE 149: Strength in Numbers: When BIPOC Support Each Other’s Initiatives with Dr. Sawsan Jaber

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