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Nawal Qarooni

Nawal Qarooni is a Chicago-based educator and writer who works across education spaces to support a holistic model of literacy instruction. She and her team of coaches at NQC Literacy work with teachers and school leaders to grow a love of reading and composition in ways that exalt the whole child—their cultural capital and their intrinsic curiosities. Her identity as the proud daughter of immigrants and mother of four young multiethnic kids shapes the way she understands education. She is a former international newspaper reporter and currently a contributing writer for We Need Diverse Books, in addition to the teaching blogs Choice Literacy and Two Writing Teachers. Nawal holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan; a master's degree in newspaper, magazine, and online journalism from Syracuse University's Newhouse School; and a master's degree from Brooklyn College via the NYC Teaching Fellows program. In her daily literacy coaching and school-based support, Nawal draws on her years as a middle grades classroom teacher and professional writer, as well as her love of photography and connection to nature. Her recent projects include researching and designing a family literacy program for Chicago Public Schools and authoring a forthcoming book, slated to be published by Heinemann in 2023. You can find her reading aloud to her kids, biking around Chicago's Logan Square, or on Twitter @NQCLiteracy. Learn more about her work at

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