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Ma'asehyahu Isra-Ul

Adjunct Instructor, Education

  • Profile

    Ma’asehyahu Isra-Ul has over 22 years of successful experience as a history/social science instructor, instructional coach and instructional specialist. As a teacher-centered leader, he firmly believes that when classroom teachers are supported and given the tools to succeed that they will raise the levels of student progress and success in turn. One of his key principles for teacher training is that “More effective teachers truly produce more successful students.”

    As a historian, Ma'asehyahu specializes in turn of the twentieth century African American religious movements and produces a bi-weekly podcast which emphasizes marginalized history in traditional K-12 spaces.

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    • Presentations

      Isra-Ul, M. (2020, July). Challenging prevailing narratives in history instruction/culturally viable instruction. Presentation given at Stratford Hall, Stratford, Va.

      Isra-Ul, M. (2019, October). What Africana studies? An examination of Dr. John Henrik Clarke's “Why African History?” Guest lecture given in the African American Studies Department, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

      Isra-Ul, M. (2019, June). How we change the narrative in history/social science. Presentation given at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Charlottesville, Va.

      Isra-Ul, M. (2019, March). Performance assessments and the power of authentic instruction. Presentation given at the University of Richmond School of Professional & Continuing Studies, Richmond, Va.

      Isra-Ul, M. (2016, February). Re-imagining education: Envisioning emerging possibilities in the landscape of K-12 public school education. Presentation given at the Koinonia School of Race and Justice, Richmond, Va.

      Isra-Ul, M. (2015, August). Under construction: Building a successful tool kit. Presentation at the Center for Teacher Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

      Isra-Ul, M. (2014, April). How are our children learning? Presentation given at Virginia Union University, Richmond, Va.

    • Professional Experience

      Subcontractor (2020-Present)

      Virginia Department of Education

      K-12 Instructional Specialist (2016-Present)

      History/Social Science, Richmond Public Schools

      Instructional (Career) Coach (2012-2016)

      Richmond Public Schools

      History & Social Science Teacher (2006-2008)

      Hanover County Public Schools

      History & Social Science Teacher (2008-2012)

      Elk Hill Private Day School, Goochland, Va.

      History & Social Science Teacher (1997-2006)

      Powhatan County Public Schools, Powhatan, Va.

    • Certifications

      Virginia Postgraduate Professional License, Endorsements in History & Social Sciences and Administration & Supervision PreK-12

      Certification in Advanced Spanish, Cuauhnáhuac Institute of Language & Culture