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Speaking Topics

  • Growing upstanders and nurturing social responsibility in classrooms through inquiry
  • Building risk-taking, collaborative classrooms
  • Citizenship and civics in the classroom, in the world, and online
  • Social comprehension strategies (nonfiction and fiction)
  • Centering on student identity, teacher identity, and identity's implications in current events

Speaker Profile

Sara K. Ahmed currently serves as the Director of Curriculum Integration and 5th-grade advisor at Catherine Cook School in Chicago. She has taught and coached in city, suburban, public, independent, and international schools, where her classrooms were designed to help students consider their own identities and see the humanity in others. When she is not in the classroom or meeting with teachers, you can find her coaching cross country, soccer, or basketball.

Sara is the author of Being the Change: Lessons and Strategies to Teach Social Comprehension and coauthor with Harvey "Smokey" Daniels of Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry. She is an international speaker and staff developer in schools around the world—bridging literacy, inquiry, and social identity work through curriculum development, professional growth meetings, and lab classrooms. Sara has also served on the Teacher Leadership Team for Facing History and Ourselves, an international organization devoted to examining and confronting the choices we’ve made in history—individual and society.

Sara has just returned from Bangkok, Thailand where she served as a literacy coach and consultant-in-residence at NIST international school.

You can find her on Twitter or Instagram @SaraKAhmed.

Grades: 4–10