School Overview Introduction ING provides valuable educational resources for teachers, administrators and staff, including interactive presentations for middle and high school students that are aligned with the California State Board of Education History-Social Science content standards and are intended to supplement your curriculum. ING teaches about world religions, including Islam, in the context of religious pluralism and in accordance with the First Amendment Center guidelines. The section below provides a comprehensive listing of presentations available for Grades 7 – 12. In addition, we offer a variety of teaching resources to help students develop a better understanding of Islam and other major world religions and traditions. Presentations about American Muslims and Their faith In light of ongoing global conflicts and the threat of terrorism that have both served to increase stereotypes and misperceptions about Muslims, it is important for students to meet American Muslims face to face to counter stereotyping and bias. ING offers presentations for middle and high school students to supplement the study of Islamic civilization and Muslim culture in the context of social studies and history. There is no charge for these presentations. To learn more about ING’s presentations or to schedule a presentation click here. Interfaith Panels ING provides interfaith panels with representatives from the five major world religions for high school classrooms where world history, comparative religions, and culture and/or diversity are part of the curriculum. Teachers can choose a panel with up to five interfaith speakers who first provide an introduction to each of their religions before addressing a topic of your choice; the Muslim and Jewish panel provides an overview of these two religions before discussing common practices and challenges as minorities in America. There is no charge for these panels. To learn more about ING’s interfaith panels or to request a panel, click here. Teaching About Religion: Do’s and Don’ts Many educators are unsure whether or not it is constitutional to teach about religion in public schools. To learn more about this topic click here. ING and the First Amendment Center ING adheres to the principles derived from the doctrine of separation of church and state mandated by the Constitution by following the guidelines provided by the First Amendment Center when teaching about religion in public schools. The First Amendment Center is an organization that trains educators how to teach about religion in schools in a manner consistent with the religious clauses of the First Amendment. ING has adopted and integrated these policies in its content and speakers training. For more information about how ING incorporates these guidelines, click here. Calendar of Important Islamic Dates 2018 CALENDAR OF IMPORTANT ISLAMIC DATES Recognizing these important dates not only brings awareness of the diversity within the student population but also instills pride in Muslim students who celebrate them. Muslim students may be embarrassed or shy to acknowledge these practices or holidays, which are not yet a part of the dominant American culture. Read more. Ramadan Information Sheet AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL OBSERVE THE MONTH-LONG FAST OF RAMADAN BEGINNING MAY 16th, 2018 Ramadan is considered the holiest month of the year for Muslims. In Ramadan, Muslims fast from food and drink during the sunlit hours as a means of learning self-control, gratitude, and compassion for those less fortunate. This year, the month long fast of Ramadan is set to begin on May 16th, 2018. Read more. Hajj Information Sheet AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL CELEBRATE EID AL-ADHA (FESTIVAL OF THE SACRIFICE) ON AUGUST 22nd, 2018 Once in a lifetime, every adult Muslim with the physical and financial ability should make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca. During the pilgrimage to Mecca known as Hajj, American Muslims join over two millions Muslims from around the world. Hajj is a commemoration of the life and trials of the Prophet Abraham and his family. The basic acts of Hajj last for five days during the 12th month of the lunar Islamic calendar called Dhul-Hijjah. Read more. Islamic New Year Information Sheet September 10th, 2018 marks the New Year in the Islamic calendar, commencing the year 1440 A.H. The Islamic calendar dates from the migration of the Prophet Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina in the year 622 C.E. (Common Era), which is known as the Hijra. The Hijra marks a turning point in the history of Islam which is why it marks the beginning of the Islamic calendar, rather than the birth of the Prophet Muhammad or the first Qur’anic revelation in 610 C.E. Read more.