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Dr. Nader Imad Twal (CA '03)

Program Administrator

Long Beach Unified School District
Long Beach, CA

Grade(s): K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

At the time of the Award, Dr. Nader Imad Twal was:

Millikan High School
Long Beach, CA

Subject(s) taught: English/Language, Philosophy, Bible as Literature
Grade(s): 11, 12

Biographical Information

Nader I. Twal serves as Program Administrator in the Office of the Deputy Superintendent in Long Beach Unified School District -- the fourth largest in CA. His work focuses on brining Vision 2035 (a comprehensive and aspirational reimagination of education in Long Beach, co-constructed with the community) to fruition alongside other systems leaders. Having served nine years as a classroom teacher, two years as a site-level program coordinator and teacher leader, five years as High School Central Office Linked Learning Coordinator, and ten years as Program Administrator of Professional Learning and Curriculum Services prior to his current position, Nader brings a unique and comprehensive body of experience to K-12 systems-level change management. An experienced and published Design Thinker, Liberatory Designer, Milken National Educator, and CA Association of Teachers of English Excellence in Teaching Awardee, Nader bridges the gap between theory and action, with a body of work that demonstrates the power of listening first and designing second.

When Nader Imad Twal received his Milken Educator Award in 2003, he was a Bible as Literature and Philosophy teacher at Millikan High School in Long Beach, California. Along with a team of gifted teachers, he wrote a curriculum entitled Literacy Workshop for struggling readers, which was adopted by the district as the standard curriculum for the course. He also played a key role in creating the PEACE Academy (Personal success through Empowerment, Academic achievement, Conflict resolution and Ethics in action), a small learning community (secondary specialized program) for international studies that prepares college-bound, community-minded students for competition in a culturally diverse global economy.

Nader completed his doctorate in Educational Leadership from San Diego State University in December 2023, focusing his dissertation on the potential of Liberatory Design to build the transformative leadership capacity of central office administrators. He also serves as a Board Trustee for Learning Forward, an international professional association devoted exclusively to establishing and sustaining highly effective professional development for educators.

Personal Message

I hope to catalyze systemic change in education by listening to those most impacted by inequity and then co-designing solutions with them. Education remains one of the most powerful levers for liberation and I believe that it is every educator's responsibility to equip and inspire each student to unleash their potential in this liberatory work.

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Dr. Nader Imad Twal Newsletters

Your Voices, Amplified
Feb 17, 2015

Dr. Nader Imad Twal In The News

What I wish I had known as a new teacher
Learning Forward  |  Aug 23, 2022  |  Oxford, OH

Additional Information


2011 Adminisrative Services Credential

2006 Fuller Theological Seminary, M.A. Theology and Biblical Studies

1996 University of California - Davis, B.S.

2023 Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership PreK-12 School Leadership


2008 California Association for Teachers of English Excellence in Teaching Award


2008 Rachel's Challenge National Advisory Board

2017-2018 Redesign Professional Development Advisory Board, Learning Forward

Design Thinking, Liberatory Design, Smaller Learning Communities Reform, Linked Learning, Innovative Professional Development