Educators Overview Cultural Diversity Seminar for Educators on Understanding Muslim Students Designed for K-12 district administrators and teachers as well as faculty in colleges and schools of education, department chairs, deans and pre-service teachers, this seminar titled “Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment” provides valuable information and resources for improving interaction with Muslim students and their families, while helping build an inclusive learning environment for all students. Since 1997, ING has conducted educator seminars both locally in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. To learn more about ING’s cultural diversity seminar for educators click here. Cultural Diversity Seminar for Educators on Countering Islamophobia and Other Bigotries and their impact on Marginalized Communities Designed for K-12 district administrators and teachers as well as faculty in colleges and schools of education, department chairs, deans and pre-service teachers, this seminar titled, “Countering Islamophobia and Other Bigotries and their Impact on Marginalized Communities” examines the roots of Islamophobia and other bigotries faced by marginalized communities in the current environment as well as some of the sources of these bigotries. It also looks at the impact on the community generally and students from these communities specifically in the form of harassment and bullying. The seminar then suggests remedies in the form of school polices, personal awareness, reasonable accommodations, and educator resources. To learn more about ING’s cultural diversity seminar for educators click here. Religious Practices of Muslim Students in Public Schools Religiously mandated practices for students are protected by the First Amendment, which upholds the right to freedom of religion. The First Amendment guarantees such religious rights as the right to wear religiously mandated clothing and to observe religiously mandated dietary rules. It also guarantees the right of a student to engage in personal worship or prayer, so long as it is student initiated and does not disrupt classroom instruction. The Equal Access Act of 1984 further affirms the rights of students to initiate and participate in religious activities, such as religious clubs or even prayer services, as long as they are initiated and led by students. Read more. Webinar Series: Ramadan, School, and COVID-19 ING convened a two-part series on the impact of Ramadan on Muslim students during the COVID-19 pandemic via Facebook Live. The 30-minute webinars feature Muslim students as well as ING staff and public and private school teachers discussing some of the challenges students face, as well as insights and strategies to support Muslim students during the month of Ramadan. To view the series, click here.