Nawal Qarooni

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Nawal Qarooni is an educator, literacy coach, and writer who supports dozens of schools in a holistic approach to literacy instruction. The proud daughter of immigrants, mothering four young multiethnic kids shapes the way she understands education. She is a former newspaper reporter and is a contributing writer for We Need Diverse Books in addition to the literacy instruction and leadership site Choice Literacy.

Nawal holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in teaching from Brooklyn College, and a master’s in journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. She won a New Jersey Press Association Award for her international reporting and transitioned into education as a New York City Teaching Fellow. Nawal lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood and is an avid reader herself. 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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Summer Work: Absorb the World

How will we prepare to lead strong literacy initiatives next year? Nawal Qarooni Casiano makes a case for recharging and disconnecting to allow ourselves to be naturally thoughtful, literate individuals.

Yoga Poses and Workshop Processes: Honor the Journey

Nawal Qarooni Casiano is inspired by her yoga practice to provide a guided reflection to consider if workshop practices are progressing to a transfer of learning.

Wrapping Up the School Year: Start, Stop, Keep

Nawal Qarooni Casiano leads educators through a reflection on equity and access by considering what we want to start, stop and keep in our practices.

Building Informed Empathy with Picture Books

Nawal Qarooni Casiano shares three gorgeously varied picture books and guiding questions designed to cultivate an inquisitive stance and informed empathy in students.

Empowering Choice Podcast with Nawal Qarooni Casiano

Nawal Qarooni Casiano shares how to empower choice in kids leading minilessons on the podcast.

Kids Teaching Kids: Student-Led Lessons

Nawal Qarooni Casiano outlines the process for empowering students to lead lessons for classmates.

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