Too often, discussions about diversity exclude one of the most powerful identities: religion.
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 05, 2013
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is offering three professional development workshops on religious diversity for educators beginning Friday, November 15.
The workshops are open to all educators. Registration fee (including materials) is $75-100 per participant.
"Diversity is an important topic for schools," said Mark Fowler, managing director of programs at Tanenbaum, "yet too often, discussions about diversity exclude one of the most powerful identities: religion. That’s a key reason the current generation of students are illiterate about religion and religious differences. And that leads to misunderstandings, bias, stereotypes and hatred. We need our educators to address this gap."
The upcoming Tanenbaum workshops are:
This introductory one-day workshop provides participants with the tools and resources to adapt current curricular content to include religion as an aspect of diversity. The workshop will focus on designing lessons and units that incorporate religious diversity, present accurate information about religion and culture, and align with Common Core standards across content areas. Most importantly, Cultivating Global Citizenship helps teachers understand the legal guidelines for including the topic of religion in classroom content. Preregistration required. Location: The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (254 West 31st Street, 5th Floor).
Learn about Tanenbaum’s Religions in My Neighborhood curriculum (aligned with the K-4 Common Core Standards for English Language Arts). This curricular training offers participants skills for promoting respectful curiosity for differences in the classroom. It allows educators to overcome concerns about teaching about religion, and provides concrete methods for doing so in a way that neither supports nor denigrates any belief system or non-belief system. Preregistration required. Location: Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding (254 West 31st Street, 7th Floor, New York New York).
This workshop will examine the rise in hate crimes in the U.S., acts of discrimination and the role of the media in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, and address how the concept of the "racialization of religion" relates to their individual school climate. Participants will learn about the dangers of conflating race and religion and teaching strategies for addressing race and religion in the classroom. Preregistration required. Location: The Council of Family and Child Caring Agencies (254 West 31st Street, 5th Floor,New York, New York).
To register or for more information visit http://tanenbaum.org or call 212.967.7707.
The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is a secular, non-sectarian organization that promotes mutual respect with practical programs that bridge religious difference and combat prejudice in areas of education, health care, workplaces and armed conflict. We reach tens of thousands of teachers and students, employers and employees, doctors and patients, and peacemakers combating armed conflict.