Professional Development Workshops Support Teaching about Religion, Islam, and the World

Islam is a subject about which whole libraries have been written, yet many teachers perceive it as one of the most difficult topics in the curriculum. It has been required in state standards for well over a decade, along with content on all the world religions, and in the wake of the September 11, 2001 and increased US involvement in Muslim regions of the globe, knowledge about Islam and Muslims is at a premium. It is a daunting task for teachers to prepare material that fits into the limited time available, that meets constitutional guidelines for teaching about religion, is correlated to standards, and is appropriate for various grade and ability levels.

These professional development workshops sponsored by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding will address the needs of teachers on all of these levels, giving them confidence that they are on solid legal and pedagogical ground, providing content knowledge and helping them integrate the content into their curriculum and standards. Every topic in the flexible, customizable workshops is paired with teaching material that is readily available, and is correlated to national and state academic standards. The teaching resources meet accepted guidelines for constitutionally appropriate instruction about religion. The lessons are designed to help learners engage with excellent scholarship in the field, so that in addition to content knowledge, they develop the critical thinking and geography skills required in every state and district program.