Resources and Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

Your Work Is Important: Take Advantage of Resources and Programs from ING and Our Partners

Educators – here’s a summary of ING resources for your classroom curriculum and content standards relating to Muslims and their faith that will also serve to support school safety and an environment of inclusion. All these services are free of charge thanks to funding from local family and community foundations. Below this, please find updates on three opportunities for professional development and strengthening safe schools.

Our deepest thanks,

Ameena Jandali
Content Director


Lesson plans, videos, and curriculum available for social studies teachers, which can be accessed directly:

Live speakers for your classroom, which educators can request online:

Live cultural competency workshops for educators and administrators, which can be requested online:

INGYouth Workshops for Muslim youth and parents:

Bullying prevention programs:

For further information, you can reach us online or by contacting the following people:

  • Programs Manager Lily Nasar can help you with our education programs: [email protected]
  • Interfaith Coordinator Kate Chance can help you with interfaith programs: [email protected]
  • INGYouth Coordinator Ishaq Pathan can help you with youth and parent workshops: [email protected]

January 16th-20th is No Name-Calling Week:
Stream GroundSpark Films for Free


As you know, students across the country have been experiencing increased levels of bias-based bullying connected to the tenor of the presidential race and its aftermath. That’s why this year’s No Name Calling Week is more important than ever.

GroundSpark is partnering with GLSEN for No Name Calling Week 2017, and to help create safe schools free of name-calling, bullying and bias, they’re offering free streaming of their Respect for All Project films during the month of January! These highly-acclaimed documentaries (each targeted at a different age group) are excellent discussion starters and professional development as well.


NEH Summer Seminar:
Muslim American Identities, Past and Present

Applications Due March 1st, 2017

What does it mean to be both Muslim and American? As K-12 teachers, you are invited to explore this fascinating and important question this July in Indianapolis. You will read compelling texts and conduct engaging field trips as you study the diverse facets of Muslim American identity, both as grounded in the past and as experienced in the present.

As a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Scholar, you will join other educators from July 10th to 28th at the University of Indiana to reflect on and discuss thirty primary source documents and two major academic monographs; visit two mosques; and make a final presentation about how you will integrate teaching about Muslim Americans into your classroom. The application deadline is March 1, 2017 so apply today!


Religious Worlds of New York:
Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity

Applications Due March 1st, 2017


From our friends at Union Theological Seminary and the Interfaith Center of New York:

Calling all K-12 teachers at public, private, and faith-based schools! You are invited to apply for a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer institute for school teachers from July 10th to 28th at Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan.

Religious Worlds of New York: Teaching the Everyday Life of American Religious Diversity will bring 25 teachers from throughout the United States to New York City to work with leading scholars of religion, meet with diverse religious leaders, visit local houses of worship, and explore the religious life of the city. This unique combination of classroom and community-based education will:

  • Introduce teachers to American religious diversity
  • Help them distinguish between academic and devotional approaches to the study of religion
  • Offer them strategies for teaching about contemporary religious life

Past participants describe the institute as “my best professional development experience ever” and “one of the best learning experiences of my life”. NEH summer scholars will receive a $2,700 stipend to help pay their travel, housing, and living expenses for the duration of the institute. Applications are due by March 1, 2017. For more information and application materials, please visit


Will you join us in bridging the divides among Americans?

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