Nader Twal serves as program administrator for professional learning and curriculum services in the Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development of Long Beach Unified School District. In this role, he supports and coordinates interdepartmental efforts to vision, configure, evaluate and scale a coherent and comprehensive district-wide professional development (PD) and talent management system. He also plays a vital role in supporting a comprehensive equity curriculum audit alongside the district Excellence and Equity Coordinator, in addition to coordinating districtwide, equity-centered learning.
During a recent car ride, my youngest son, who is African American, casually said, “Mommy, white people are better than Black people.” My wife’s heart dropped as she mustered a response. “Why would you say that, honey?” she asked him. Without missing a beat, our son said, “Because there are more of them than Black […]
I never wanted to be a teacher when I was growing up, let alone a district-level professional learning administrator. I certainly never expected to be writing a column for this magazine about how to support the professional growth of equity-centered school leaders. But I always knew education was central to my path. As Jordanian immigrants […]