Tanenbaum Releases Religions in My Neighborhood, A New Curriculum for K-4 Teachers

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The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding has released Religions in My Neighborhood: Teaching Curiosity and Respect about Religious Differences, a curriculum and training program for K-4 teachers. The standards-based guide—created by Tanenbaum and leading multicultural experts—is a tool for addressing a tough topic in the classroom: religious diversity.

Religions in My Neighborhood: Tanenbaum's K-4 curriculum and teacher training program

Religions in My Neighborhood

Some educators are uncomfortable teaching about religion in the classroom. That’s why we created Religions in My Neighborhood, a practical tool that revolutionizes classroom conversations about religion.

The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding has released Religions in My Neighborhood: Teaching Curiosity and Respect about Religious Differences, a curriculum and training program for K-4 teachers. The standards-based guide—created by Tanenbaum and leading multicultural experts—is a tool for addressing a tough topic in the classroom: religious diversity.

Religions in My Neighborhood helps educators instruct students that religious differences are normal. Religions in My Neighborhood is available to purchase for $39.95.

To celebrate the release, Tanenbaum will host a keynote lecture, “Religious Diversity in the Classroom,” for educators on Thursday, April 18 at 8am. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about "Religious Diversity in the Classroom."

“Some educators are uncomfortable teaching about religion in the classroom,” said Mark Fowler, managing director of programs at Tanenbaum, “and understandably so. That’s why we created Religions in My Neighborhood, a practical tool that revolutionizes classroom conversations about religion.”

Religions in My Neighborhood, which makes teaching about religion easier, is the result of a collaborative project of Tanenbaum’s Education program and is co-authored by Patty Bode, Maurianne Adams and Rita Hardiman.

Adams is professor emerita of the School of Education at the University of Massachusetts--Amherst. Her professional interests include social justice education, social identity/cognitive development, multicultural learning styles and teaching strategies and multicultural adult development. She has authored or co-authored several notable books, including Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (2010) and Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (2000).

Hardiman has been a practitioner in the field of organizational development for more than 25 years. She has published articles on multicultural organizations, managing diversity in the workplace, collaborative approaches to organizational change in large systems, racial and social identity development, and facilitating dialogue groups in corporations. She is the author of one of the earliest models of white identity development and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader on white identity, racism and white privilege.

Bode, visiting associate professor at Ohio State University, in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy has been advocating for students from under-represented and under-served communities throughout her activist teaching career. She researches classroom teacher practices that redefine critical multicultural education and art education as a civil right. Her recent book co-authored with Sonia Nieto, Affirming Diversity: The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, 6th edition (2012) is used in teacher education courses across the country, and internationally.

Tanenbaum’s Education program offers K-12 curricula, professional development courses for educators and teacher trainings in schools and at after school programs. Click here to learn more about Tanenbaum’s Education program, including Religions in My Neighborhood. Or email education(at)tanenbaum(dot)org or call 212.967-7707.

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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 health care, workplaces, education and armed conflict.

NOTE TO WRITERS AND EDITORS: Review copies are available upon request.

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