Bio/Overview: Gamal is the Director of ProgressEd.org, a nonprofit committed to progressive education and teacher stewardship of green, healthy, and sustainable schools. As a 2011 Teaching Ambassador Fellow, he taught and co-wrote science and history curricula with the School District of Philadelphia and organized a series of teacher-led workshops that focused on education policy. Teachers then published their reports on effective working conditions, portfolio-based student assessment, and meaningful teacher evaluation. After his Fellowship, he co-founded Teachers Lead Philly, an organization that supports teachers’ social capital and acumen with education policy. Gamal has facilitated school planning, professional development, and curriculum design for district, charter, and independent schools in Philadelphia and across the United States. Most recently, Gamal has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia on the design of GreenFutures, their 5-year sustainability plan.
Educational Values/Philosophy: Gamal works with students and teachers to foster a love of learning, critical and creative literacy, and democratic civic engagement. Gamal believes that all students and staff have the right to attend beautiful schools that conserve energy and water, and that advance physical, emotional, and social wellness. Gamal thinks that students and staff should also have experiential opportunities to study and influence the sustainable balance between the environment, society, and the economy.
Achievements: In 2008, Gamal received his school’s Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2011 he received the NSTA’s National Award for Inquiry-based Science Education. Gamal also completed a prestigious fellowship with the International Leaders in Education Program at the U.S. State Department: he successfully co-planned and led a 3-day conference on project-based learning for English language teachers in Casablanca, Morocco. In 2014, Gamal was a keynote speaker at Pennsylvania’s annual STEMx conference.
Leadership Experience: As a founding faculty member for Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy, Gamal designed the math and science curricular frameworks, and then led professional development during the school’s first 8 years. Gamal has advised STEMcityPHL and The 21st Century Partnership for STEM Education. In 2016, Gamal’s workshop proposal on the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals was accepted by the Global Education Forum.
Affiliations: Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Green Schools National Network, Philadelphia Regional Noyce Partnership.
Education: Gamal received his Bachelor’s degree from SUNY-Binghamton, and went on to earn a Master’s in Education from Temple University in Philadelphia. After five years as a high school teacher and grants administrator with the School District of Philadelphia, he enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his Principal Certificate as well as a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration. In 2015, Gamal received the LEED Green Associate credential through the U.S. Green Building Council.
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