Ode to Arab Voices: An Exploration and Celebration - National Council of Teachers of English

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

7:30 p.m. ET

As we honor National Arab American Heritage Month, join NCTE for an Ode to Arab Voices: An Exploration and Celebration. Member-leader Sawsan Jaber, joined by students, artists, and educators, will elevate stories and lived experiences of the Arab community through artistic expression.

This event is open to NCTE members.


Dr. Sawsan Jaber is a global educator, presenter, equity strategist, curriculum designer, and keynote speaker of more than twenty years. She has held a variety of leadership positions in the US and abroad. Dr. Jaber is currently a high school English teacher and a District Equity Leader at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Illinois. Dr. Jaber founded Education Unfiltered Consulting and works with schools nationally and internationally. She completed her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on the inclusion and belonging of students from marginalized communities, with a focus on Arab American students in historically homogenous communities. Dr. Jaber was awarded 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 and for the 2023 ISTE 20 to Watch Award as well. Dr. Jaber is a Board Director of Our Voice Alliance (OVA), charged with amplifying the voices of teachers of color to create more equity for students of color. Additionally, Dr. Jaber is one of the founders of the Arab American Education Network (AAEN). She is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Community Leader Network. Dr. Jaber is a National Board Certified teacher and focuses most of her research on engaging all students in equity work and advocating for Arab and Muslim students. Among other projects, she is currently working on national and international equity-centered projects with Google and the National Board Association. Dr. Jaber is a Pulitzer Teacher Fellow. She has been featured at several conferences, on podcasts, and has written blogs, journals, and newsletter publications with the hopes to continue working with educators to empower students to work towards global equity and justice. She has published several scholarly works and a chapter in the book Navigating Precarity in Educational Contexts: Reflection, Pedagogy, and Activism for Change. Dr. Jaber has several other publications being released in the next few months. However, her favorite work is being an Activist Scholar and co-conspirator for justice alongside her students. Dr. Jaber brings the perspective of being the daughter of refugees from Deir Yasin, Palestine.

Twitter: @SJEducate






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