Wafa Hassan

Dr. Hassan is the Director of the Arabic Department and Culture at the Global Educational Excellence, school management and development, leading Arabic programs at a number of schools in Michigan and Ohio. She is the Director of the Michigan Arabic Teachers’ Council, established in 2013. Dr. Hassan is graduated from the School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University in Washington, DC in 2004. Dr. Hassan worked as an Assistant Professor of Arabic language and culture at Western Michigan University, and as the Outreach Director for the Arabic Flagship program at Michigan State University. Dr. Hassan is a well-known trainer for teachers of Arabic on a regular basis, both in the United States and internationally. Dr. Hassan is a STARTALK team leader and has directed ten summer programs for training Arabic teachers in Michigan. Dr. Hassan is co-author of a new standards-based high school Arabic book series (Arabic 1, Arabic 2, and the Teachers’ Guide), the author of a book entitled Inclusion of ELL with Special Needs in General Education, and is a member of the National Standards for Learning Arabic K-16 task force, published in 2006. Her research is focused on Arabic teachers’ professional development, pedagogy, heritage learners, assessment, and second language acquisition. Moreover, Dr. Hassan is the current President of the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL).