Inspiring 1 million Muslim youth to think reflectively and critically about Islamic Studies
Synchronous online learning is a safe, effective learning approach that helps students stay connected and feel invested in their learning journey.
Discussions between students and peers provide autonomy and create a welcoming and safe atmosphere for sharing perspectives, ideas, and stories.
Teaching is made relevant through theoretical knowledge and balanced practical application through deep reflection and self improvement.
Gamification enhances the learning experience, drives engagement, enhances motivation, and creates a positive learning setting for all students.
- Abdul Rahman Chao is a Houston-based community teacher and speaker with over 10 years of experience in teaching Islamic Studies. His philosophy to teaching is rooted in his own experiences and journey to learning Islam. Growing up, he felt that the Islamic education he received via weekend schools did not provide him with adequate answers to sustain his religious identity. After traveling overseas to learn Islamic studies in both traditional and formal settings, he returned to the United States and furthered his graduate studies in Christian theology, liturgy, art, classroom management, pedagogy, e-learning, and instructional design.
- Abdul Rahman believes that students should be active learners by taking ownership of the learning experience. His teaching style combines traditional and western academic approaches to teaching Islamic Studies. Utilizing project-based learning, his classes incorporate lectures, group discussions, gamification, and assessments to help learners build their spiritual and religious formation in a fun, interactive, structured, and principle-based manner.
- B.A. – Theology & Dawah – Islamic University of Madinah (2006)
- M.T.S. – Vanderbilt University Divinity School (2011)
- M.Ed. Curriculum & Instruction – University of Houston (2022)