Know Your Neighbor Content for Educators and Communities

Having conversations about religion, faith or ethical tradition can be challenging for anyone, but especially for educators teaching about religion or community leaders working to build inclusive communities. America’s religious, ethnic, and cultural landscape is rapidly changing.

The Pew Research Institute has reported that in just seven years, from 2007 to 2014, the percentage of Christians in the US dropped eight percentage points, from 78% to 70%. And white Christians, according to the Public Religion Research Institute, are now, for the first time in US history, a minority at 43%. Those who identify with religions other than Christianity are still less than 10% of the population, but their average age is considerably less than that of Christians, presaging a growing decline of the share of Christians in this country. Meanwhile, the share of Americans not identifying with any religious tradition has grown to almost a quarter of the population (24%) in 2016, and there are now 20 states in which no one religious group outnumbers the number of religiously unaffiliated. Much of the present tension over religious and cultural identity in the US undoubtedly springs from these changes.

This is partly why we curated our favorite resources from the #KnowYourNeighbor Back-to-School and Share Your Story social media campaigns.

Please find below curriculum and videos to help educators supplement social studies content standards relating to religion and to help community leaders facilitate conversations across religious and ethical traditions.

We hope you will find these resources useful to your efforts. Please give us feedback by writing to ING Interfaith Manager Kate Chance at [email protected]

Curriculum for Educators

  • Rights of Parents and Students/Bullying Data
  • First Amendment Guides
  • Creating Inclusive Classrooms
  • Teaching About Religious Traditions

Video Content for Classrooms

  • Being an Ally
  • Overcoming Stereotypes
  • Learning About Faith Traditions
  • PowerPoints on Islam

Video Content for Educator Training

  • Positive Actions Taken By Educators
  • Educators’ Advice
  • What People Wish Educators Knew

Video Content for Communities

  • Being an Ally
  • Overcoming Stereotypes
  • The Importance of Interfaith Dialogue
  • Learning About Faith Traditions
  • PowerPoints on Islam