Nader Twal

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.

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‘Where are the Black scientists?’ my son asked

By | October 1, 2022

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 […]

What I wish I had known as a new teacher

By | August 1, 2022

I remember my first year of teaching high school English language arts in northern California in fall 1997. I was hired three months before I finished my teaching credential program and only two months into student teaching. The school where I was hired had suddenly found itself with a large increase in enrollment and a […]

Standards help educators reach each and every child

By | June 1, 2022

As a reflective practitioner, I have often found it helpful to consider the history of the traditions and practices that we hold dear in education — including those that might be rooted in troubling histories. As calls for social justice grow louder and the imperative of equity grows more urgent, the traditions that may have […]

How Learning Forward’s new Standards for Professional Learning intersect with Federal education policy

By | April 27, 2022

This special briefing will focus on how the revised standards can and should strengthen federal education policy and investment around professional learning.

The right questions can sharpen our focus on equity

By | April 1, 2022

Stories have the power to humanize those around us. They provide insight and data that numbers alone can’t communicate. I have often spoken of this power in the professional learning I lead, and I did so in the last issue of this journal. But what I never realized until recently was how deeply my own […]

Leading and learning for equity is a collective journey

By | February 1, 2022

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 […]

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