Governance and Leadership

CISNA provides customized professional development. If you would like CISNA to come out to your school please contact us. Our experts can train, coach and guide Islamic schools based on the school’s individual needs.

On December 11, 2019 CISNA invited Necva Ozgur as the guest speaker to discuss Board/Principal responsibilities and relationships. Sr. Necva Ozgur is the founding School Head of New Horizon School of Pasadena. After serving NHSP for 12 years, she established a resource center for Islamic schools called MERIT, Muslim Educators, Resource, Information and Training Center. Sr. Necva served on the CISNA Board from 2009-2017. She currently provides Islamic schools with board training, principal coaching, assistance with accreditation, school establishment, development, evaluation and consulting.  


*Please note CISNA does not endorse any of the organizations or links listed below, they are strictly a collection of third-party resources.


    Resources For Administrators and Governing Bodies  

    NAESP National Association of Elementary School Principals Best Practices: Professional Development for Principals

    ASCD Policy Priorities: Principal Leadership Professional Development

    NASSP National Association of Secondary School Principals Professional Learning

    Shaping Strong School Leaders: For Principals Continuous Learning Critical to Career Success

    American Institutes for Research (AIR) Principal Professional Development

    The School Superintendents Association (AASA) Professional Development Programs

    The Wallace Foundation School Leadership Knowledge Center

    Harvard’s Graduate School of Education

    The School Improvement Network: Innovation Summit

    The School Improvement Network: Curriculum Mapping

    Solution Tree

    Bernier Software & Technology


    Institute for Professional Development

    Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Summer Reading Resource

    The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) released “Closing the Gap Professional Development Toolkit”

    Independent School Management Training

    ​Education 2020 Professional Development Resources for Administrators

    ​Do you know what rights your students and parents have in regards to their privacy?
    Information on FERPA:

    ​Need help with resources (Title Funds) available for your school? Contact your state’s Ombudsman through this link:

    Department of Education Office of Non-Public Education:

    Public School Board Association Resources

    Heyworth CUSD #4 School Board Training

    Illinois Association of School Board Training

    Illinois Association of School Board Mandatory Training

    Ohio School Board Association Training and Workshops

    North Dakota Department of Public Instruction School Board Professional Development Series

    Florida School Boards Association Professional Development

    Arkansas School Board Association Board Member Training

    New Jersey School Board Association Mandatory Training

    The School Superintendents Association Professional Development Program

    Kettle Moraine School District Professional Development

    Superintendent Round Up Professional Development by PowerSchool

    NASSP Professional Development

    Professional Development Articles

    ​Professional Development for Teachers What Two Rigorous Studies Tell Us 

     Strategies for Better Teacher Professional Development

    Celebrating Student-Ready Schools by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

    Professional Development by Edweek

    ASCD Summer Reading List

    Arabic-Teacher Training and Professional Development A View from STARTALK by the University of Maryland

    How can I improve as an Arabic Teacher and Network with Others?

    Why Professional Development Matters by

    School Board Member Professional Development and Effects on Student Achievement

    Importance of School Board Training by Michigan Association of School Boards

    Independent Schools Making Professional Development Work by Education Week

    Superintendents perceptions of their professional development in leadership for student achievement at Texas Region Education Service Centers

    Superintendents of small districts and school improvement: planning…professional development by American institutes for research

    Effective Physical Education Professional Development

    21st century educators: developing and supporting great career and technical education teachers by AIR

    EdTech Focus on K-12 Technology Starts with Professional Development Training

    Professional Development Technology by Edutopia

    Technology Integration Professional Development Guide by Edutopia

    IES and NCES Technology in Schools

    Professional Development Integration for Technology

    7 PD Tips for your instructional technology integration plan

    Transforming Classroom Practices PD in educational technology

    What we are learning about integration of technology and PD

    Texas Computer Education Association