Valuing and Celebrating Our Religious Diversity through Religious Literacy
Nearly 315 religions and denominations exist in the United States alone, and as a result of this increasing diversity in American public schools, the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) has long held the belief that they should be a key part of the social studies curriculum. To meet this mandate, there is a great need for teacher access to high quality religious literacy training across the US. The NCSS states that "knowledge about religion is not only a characteristic of an educated person, but necessary for effective and engaged citizenship in a diverse nation and world." Charles Haynes, director of the Religious Freedom Center in Washington, rightly asserts that "millions of parents from diverse religious backgrounds entrust the education of their children to the teachers in our nation's public school" and that "teachers need to be fully informed about the constitutional and educational principles for understanding the role of religion in public education."
This workshop will train administrators, educators, guidance counselors, and youth workers how to talk and teach about religious diversity in a public school setting. The incorporation of religious literacy mitigates faith based prejudice and discrimination as well as create harmonious school communities.
This learning module includes:
- 30-minute planning session with program leaders via videoconference
- Half day Religious Literacy training
- Customized curriculum designed based on your needs
- 2-hour on-site follow-up to observe staff and provide feedback
- Written action plan with further resources and next steps
Audience: Educators, school staff, and youth workers
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*Pricing is for NYC, Long Island, and Westchester. If outside of this metro area, additional travel fees may apply.
Delivered by Changemaker Debbie Almontaser