Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment

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Date(s) - Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
3:55 pm - 4:25 pm

Tenderloin Community School


This seminar begins with a discussion of common stereotypes of Muslims and the sources of those stereotypes, followed by an overview of Muslim traditions and practices and relevant contemporary issues and their implications for Muslim students. It covers federal laws and education codes pertaining to teaching about religion. It also addresses the question of personal religious practice in the public school system and provides suggestions for accommodating students’ religious practices.

The seminar concludes with tips for interacting with Muslim students in a post-9/11 environment while ensuring an inclusive and safe learning environment for all students. Educators and administrators will have an opportunity to share their experiences teaching in today’s diverse classrooms.

The objectives of the seminar include:

  • Cultural awareness about American Muslim students and their religious practices that might impact them while in school
  • Improved relationships with Muslim students and their families that result in higher levels of learning
  • Prevention of bullying, teasing, or harassment and improved student safety
  • Greater understanding and respect for students of all backgrounds
  • Fulfillment of requirements for certification, credentials, and professional development programs

The seminar is designed for K-12 school district administrators and staff, K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, deans and department chairs in colleges and schools of education, and pre-service teachers. ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will present this seminar for Tenderloin Community School educators in San Francisco.

If you are interested in attending this event, please email ING’s Programs Associate Michelle Galecki at [email protected]