School District Staff & Administrators – Understanding Muslim Students

Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment

“Schools and districts should promote professional learning that deepens [the] understanding about the culture of the community and how to best meet their needs.”  – Study of Availability and Effectiveness of Cultural Competency Training, WestEd and ROCKMAN ET AL

The purpose of this diversity seminar is to provide educators and school staff with a picture of the challenges faced by Muslim students in the current environment as well as solutions for addressing these challenges. It begins with a description of the impact of anti-Muslim bigotry on American Muslims generally and Muslim students specifically, including harassment, bullying and identity issues. The seminar then provides solutions for these problems, beginning with school policies to prevent harassment and bullying. The second remedy is a better understanding of Muslims and their faith, including the religious practices of Muslim students. The seminar concludes with guidelines for teaching about religion at school and shares educational resources for the study of Muslim history and culture.


  • Improved awareness and understanding of the current environment for Muslims generally and Muslim students specifically.
  • Prevention of harassment and bullying and improved student inclusion, wellness, and safety.
  • Cultural awareness and development of cultural competency skills as it relates to working with American Muslim students, their parents and community.
  • Improved relationships with Muslim students and their families, which potentially results in higher levels of learning.
  • Fulfillment of requirements for certification, credentials, and professional development programs.


K-12 school district administrators and staff; K-12 teachers and higher education faculty; deans and department chairs in colleges and schools of education; pre-service teachers.


Workshop Length: 1-2 hours
Number of Participants: 20 or more
Available: onsite or via webinar

For More Information

Contact us at [email protected] or 408-296-7312, extension 160. To schedule a seminar, please complete the form below.