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- StopBullying.gov Releases New Online Bullying Prevention Training Course
- Schedule Expert Presenters from the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau
- Educator Webinar Recording and Resources Available for Download
- Video: My Fellow American
- Community College Instructors and 6-12 Grade Educators: Register for the Stanford Institute on Islam
StopBullying.gov Releases New Online
Bullying Prevention Training Course
ING maintains an active anti-bullying and bullying prevention campaign through the INGYouth Program, Bullying Prevention Guide, and other outreach. Last December, in response to our urging, the Department of Education sent this “Dear Colleagues” letter to school districts, colleges, and universities nationwide reminding them of their obligations under federal civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination based on actual or perceived race, religion, or national origin. Maintaining active partnerships with the Department of Education and StopBullying.gov is an important aspect of building a future free of bullying for students regardless of their religion.
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to it. Learn more about your role in bullying prevention! This new, free online training course provides guidance on how to take a public health approach to bullying prevention through the use of long-term, community-wide prevention strategies. Instructors can earn continuing education credit for completing the course.
Schedule Expert Presenters from the Islamic Speakers
Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau
The experts in our Islamic Speakers Bureau (ISB) and Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) undergo extensive training and certification procedures in order to bring the most academically-sound education to your school or group. Reading about Islam, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, and Buddhism in a textbook can only go so far. Our Speakers bridge the gap by exploring not just the tenets and practices of a given religion, but explaining how they live that religion in their daily lives. They don’t shy away from difficult questions, either; open and honest conversations about faith and practice are a common feature of these meetings.
The members of the ISB can speak to a custom topic of your choosing or any of the core ING curriculum offerings below:
- Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith
- Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes
- Muslim Contributions to Civilization
- A History of Muslims in America
The IFSB brings together representatives of the world’s major faith traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) for panels that allow audiences to get multiple religious viewpoints on a given topic at once. IFSB panels often address our multifaith curricula “Living the Faith” and “Shared Values Among Faiths” but can also speak to many other custom topics:
- Separation of Church and State
- Muslim-Jewish Relations in the U.S.
- Bullying Prevention and Education for Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish Students
- Religion and Pluralism
- Religion and Extremism
- Religion and Environmental Concerns
Educator Webinar Recording and
Resources Available for Download
In January, expert guests from some of the nation’s leading educational, civil rights, and interfaith organizations joined ING staff for a webinar series. The webinars explored best practices for teaching about Islam and world religions in public schools.
Tailored for teachers and others involved in education, expert guests explored what the First Amendment says about teaching world religions in public schools, reputable resources for teachers and educators to use in educating about Islam and world religions, and best practices for upholding a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students.
The recording is available on our website, where you will also find a downloadable list of the resources discussed in the webinar. Please share the recording and resource list with colleagues and others in your networks!
Unity Productions Foundation (UPF) was a presenter on our recent Parent and Educator Webinar series, which can be viewed here. UPF has just released a new video called “My Fellow American” which explores the damaging impact on communities of stereotypes and misconceptions, and introduces students to some of the diverse professions and backgrounds of American Muslims, many of whom serve our country in different ways.
Community College Instructors and 6-12 Grade Educators:
Register for the Stanford Institute on Islam
The Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Center to Support Excellence in Teaching at Stanford invite 6-12 grade educators and community college instructors to participate in the Stanford Institute on Islam, a series of Saturday workshops that explore how the study of this global tradition can be incorporated in our teaching of History, Social Studies, Current Affairs, the Arts, and related subjects.
Register now and acquire tools for navigating controversial claims about the relationship between Islam and violence, gender, and American foreign policy. Investigate source materials that will expand your students’ appreciation of the diversity of Muslim societies and cultures, and develop ways to integrate the study of Islam into your curriculum.