Hassan Elannani, Ph.D.

Education

D., Educational Administration, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2007

S., Educational Administration & Supervision, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, 1993

A., English Language and Literature, Universite Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco, 1988

Professional Experience

  • Lecturer, Nathan Weiss Graduate College, Kean University, May 2018 – present; teaching educational leadership courses (in-person and online) and supervising internship students.
  • Associate Inspector and Educational Consultant, 2015 – 2017; inspecting the quality of education in international schools and providing educational services to schools in the United States.
  • Principal, An-Noor Academy, Piscataway, NJ, 2015 – 2017; led instructional staff and programs, and managed daily operations in a comprehensive Pre-K to grade 12 school.
  • Senior Bilingual Inspector, Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai, UAE, 2012 – 2015; inspecting the quality of education in Dubai international schools and writing inspection reports.
  • Assistant Professor, College of Education, Zayed University – Dubai and Abu Dhabi Campuses, 2008 – 2012. Taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses and supervised student teachers.
  • Principal, Charlotte Islamic Academy, Charlotte, NC, 2004 – 2008; led instructional staff and programs, and managed daily operations in a comprehensive Pre-K to grade 12 school.
  • ESL Teacher, Burbank School District 111, Burbank, IL, 2002 – 2003; taught English as a Second Language in two public schools.
  • Lecturer, Department of Educational Administration & Foundations, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2000 – 2001; taught undergraduate-level courses.
  • Instructor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, 2000 – 2001; taught undergraduate-level courses.
  • Teacher and Director of Arabic Program, MCC Full-Time School, Morton Grove, IL, 1996 – 1998; led the Arabic Department and taught Arabic language.

Certifications

  • Current and valid North Carolina Principal License
  • Current and valid New Jersey Principal certificate of eligibility

Languages and Technology Skills

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluency in English, Arabic, and French
  • Strong technology skills

Academic Writings

  • Elannani, H. (2015). Dual enrollment and college success: Lessons from a Muslim school, International Research in Education, 3(1), pp. 74-81. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/ire.v3i1.6885
  • Elannani, H. (2014). Educational choices of Muslim students in the United States, Asian Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(2), pp. 153-161.
  • Elannani, H. (2013). Evaluation of Teachers for the 21st Century Project, International Education Studies, 6(3), pp. 48-54. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ies.v6n3p48
  • Elannani, H. (2013). Muslim schools in the United States and the question of citizenship, International Journal of Social Sciences and Education, 3(3), pp. 605-611
  • Muslim Schools and the Common Good, unpublished doctoral dissertation, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, July 2007
  • A Study of the Educational System and Culture of Morocco, unpublished master’s thesis, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS, July 1993

Academic Presentations

  • “Inspection Models in Europe and Asia,” Knowledge and Human Development Authority, Dubai, UAE, September 16, 2014
  • “Professional Development for Teachers in the 21ST Century Project, United Arab Emirates: Problems and Solutions,” 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Madrid, Spain, November 15-17, 2010. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.5155.8481
  • “Muslim Schools and the Common Good in America,” Comparative and International Education Society, New York, March 17 – 21, 2008
  • “Mission of Islamic Schools in US,” Comparative and International Education Society, Hawaii, March 14 – 18, 2006
  • “Educating Immigrant Minority Muslim Students in Public Schools: What Leaders Need to Know,” Leadership and Diversity Conference, Illinois State University, Normal, IL, Winter 2004
  • “Educational Reform in Morocco,” The American Institute for Maghreb Studies, Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Cambridge, MA, Spring 2000

Workshops and Presentations

  • “Leadership Qualities of Imam Yassine,” NAFIS Boston Center, Stoneham, MA, February 10, 2018
  • “Preparing Youth for the Future,” Chicago Mosque, Chicago, IL, March 30-31, 2018
  • “Inspection of Apex Educational Programs,” Al-Manara Pre-School and Al-Ihsan Weekend School, Apex, NC, April 27-29, 2018
  • “Communication in Family,” Islamic Society of Joplin, Joplin, MO, May 25-26, 2018
  • “Parenting Techniques,” NAFIS Philadelphia Summer Camp, Camp Hope, NJ, June 21-24, 2018
  • “Prophetic Method,” Seerah Conference, Apex, NC, October 19-21, 2018
  • “NAFIS Report,” NAFIS Council, Chicago, IL, September 1-2, 2018
  • “Open House,” NAFIS 9 th Winter Retreat, Myrtle Beach, SC, December 25-31, 2018
  • “Daily Schedule of the Believer,” NAFIS Boston Center, Stoneham, MA, January 12, 2019
  • “Daily Schedule of the Believer,” NAFIS Philadelphia, January 26, 2019
  • Justice & Spirituality Conference, Casablanca, Morocco, February 23, 2019

Examples of Other Qualifications

  • Member of the President’s Taskforce on Program Innovation and Curriculum.
  • Led and submitted Kean’s School Leadership Approval application to New Jersey Department of Education, Summer 2018.
  • Developed open source course syllabi for the Department of Educational Leadership.
  • International educational experience that includes more than three years as a Senior Bilingual Inspector and Associate Inspector with Dubai Schools Inspection Bureau; four years of teaching at Zayed University; and working with the UAE Ministry of Education in program development and training.
  • Demonstrated active service as a member of departmental, college, and university committees. Examples include Kean University committees, Zayed University’s Middle States Accreditation Committee, NCATE Accreditation Committee, Graduate Committee, Faculty Recruitment Committee, and Leadership Program Committee.
  • Provided training to hundreds of government schools’ teachers in the Northern Emirates as part of the 21st Century Teacher Project, spring 2009.
  • Provided training to government schools’ principals in the Northern Emirates on inclusion of students with special needs, summer 2011.
  • Presented workshops to teachers and administrators on “Classroom Observation Skills and Instruments” and “Strategic Planning for School Administrators” at Dubai National Schools.
  • Principal of An-Noor Academy, a K–12 private school recognized by New Jersey Department of Education. Served as chief administrator and instructional leader: planning, managing, and leading academic and daily school operations.
  • Initiated accreditation process with Middle States Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools; implemented Measures of Academic Progress assessments; aligned curriculum with New Jersey Student Learning Standards; developed new Arabic and Islamic Studies curricula; created opportunities for students to participate and excel at Debate League, Model United Nations, Scripps Spelling Bee, and math competitions; introduced middle and high school electives; and provided college-preparatory courses and workshops.
  • Principal of Charlotte Islamic Academy, a K–12 private school recognized by the North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education. Served as chief administrator and instructional leader: planning, managing, and leading academic and daily school operations.
  • Introduced North Carolina Standard Course of Study to Charlotte Islamic Academy. Student results on the Terra Nova Test were above average for three years in a row.
  • Conducted over 50 inspections of private and international schools in Dubai and made hundreds of lesson observations.
  • Contributed to the writing of school inspection reports. Developed methods of inspecting schools.
  • Conducted hundreds of teacher interviews for KHDA’s Teacher Assessment program.
  • Analyzed data from US curriculum schools in Dubai and contributed to KHDA annual reports.
  • Reviewed the UAE Ministry of Education English Curriculum Framework.
  • Reviewed the Ministry of Social Affairs Standards for nurseries, family counseling centers, and special needs centers.
  • Used Title I and Title V funds to provide academic support and resources to eligible students.
  • Developed a K–12 Arabic curriculum that gives students an opportunity to study Standard Arabic at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels.
  • Created a dual-enrollment program, in collaboration with Charlotte’s Central Piedmont Community College, to enable junior and senior students to earn college credits.
  • Planned and organized professional development workshops; counseled student teachers in education fundamentals and best practice, as well as the needs of immigrant students in public schools.
  • Tutored Limited English Learners and taught ESL to immigrant elementary-age students.
  • Developed an Arabic curriculum for grades pre-K to eight and helped establish the Arabic Department at MCC Full-Time School.
  • Served as Jury Member for Princess Haya Award for Special Education and attended many conferences and workshops such as “Why Gender Matters”, “School Security for Teachers and Administrators”, “Down Syndrome”, “3rd International Arabic Language Conference”, “ISNA Education Forum”, “The Education Project”, “Valuing the Whole Child”, and “Emergency Response and Crisis Management”.
  • President of North American Foundation of Islamic Services, 2015 – Present.
  • Volunteer Imam for Kean’s Muslim Student Association.