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Farah Assiraj

Chief of Teaching and Learning, The Council of the Great City Schools

Farah Assiraj is the Chief of Teaching and Learning at The Council of the Great City Schools. She was formerly the Upper School Director for the Boston Renaissance Charter School overseeing grades 3-6. Farah was the Senior Director for English Leaners in Boston Public Schools District and worked in other administrative roles primarily serving ELs that has led to greater impact in programming, raising rigor in instruction and quality materials for all ELs. She spent a year on assignment as the Director of Organizing for the Boston Teachers Union where she led more th​an 10,000 teachers to organize around social justice campaigns, immigrant education and fought for equitable schools and against harmful local, state and national policies.

Farah was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching award and has developed resources for mother tongue languages and trained teachers internationally and nationally on best practices in advancing EL education. As a contributing author of the national Benchmark Education Common Core ELA and ELD K-6 core material program and leveled readers for secondary students, she sought to impact quality materials thus instruction and outcomes for the most marginalized students in all classrooms. Farah is the founder of Peregrinum nonprofit where she is focused on social justice education teaching, integration of ethnic/cultural materials, materials bias and equity in schools and advocacy for advancing quality curriculum and instruction for ELs.


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