Dr. Ilene Winokur, Journey to Belonging
Ilene Winokur, Ed.D., is a professional development specialist who supports global educators, including refugee teachers. She has lived in Kuwait since 1984, and retired in June 2019 from her role as director of the foundation program unit at Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST). She also founded and managed a professional development consultancy in Kuwait. Winokur was a teacher and administrator at the early childhood, elementary levels and college levels in private institutions in Kuwait for more than 20 years. She has presented at local and regional conferences in the Middle East and internationally on topics such as Kuwaiti culture, administrators as visionary leaders, and inclusive teaching practices. Her academic interests include psychological safety, belonging, social-emotional learning, project-based learning and continuing professional development. Winokur currently mentors and supports refugee teachers and students around the world. She believes in the power of networking and leverages it to benefit marginalized populations such as the refugee leaders she supports and mentors in Kakuma, Kenya. She’s the author of Journey to Belonging: Pathways to Well-Being that follows her journey to belonging in two very different cultures and countries, the United States and Kuwait. She’s writing a new book that’s filled with lesson plans and activities to instill a sense of belonging in students and teachers. Prior to retiring, Winokur was a teacher and administrator at the elementary and pre-college levels for 25 years in Kuwait, specializing in ESL. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Lehigh University, an MBA from the University of Miami, Florida, and completed her ESL certification from the College of New Jersey.
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