School Overview Presentations Catalog: Grades 7-12 ING provides valuable educational resources to Grades 7-12 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 catalog below provides a comprehensive listing of presentations available for order for Grades 7 – 12. In addition, we offer a variety of different teaching resources to help your students develop a better understanding of Islam and other major world religions and traditions. Presentations Catalog: Grades 7 – 12 from Islamic Networks Group Interactive classroom presentations about 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 stereotypes and bias. ING offers presentations by American Muslim speakers specially designed 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. Read more. Interfaith panels representing the five major world religions ING’s Interfaith Speakers Bureau offers interfaith panels representing speakers from the five major world religions for high school classrooms where world history, comparative religions, culture and/or diversity are part of the curriculum. Consider hosting a panel in an assembly for the entire student body or combining several classes of students. The Interfaith Speakers Bureau offers a variety of panels and topics. 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. To learn more about the our interfaith panels or to request a panel for your classroom, click here or call ING at 408.296.7312 and ask for Henry Millstein. Teaching About Religion: Do’s and Don’ts Is it constitutional to teach about religion? Read more. ING and the First Amendment Center ING uphold the principles laid out by the First Amendment Center when teaching about religion in public schools. The First Amendment Center clarifies how to teach about religion in a manner that is objective and neutral, thereby upholding the separation of Church and State mandated by the Constitution. For more information, please refer to “Finding Common Ground: A Guide to Religious Liberty in Public Schools, 2007 Revision” by Charles C. Haynes and Oliver Thomas. This publication can be downloaded from the First Amendment Center website. Read more. Recommended Educational Resources for Teaching World History, World Religions and Global Studies Click here for a full list. Calendar of Important Islamic Dates 2017 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 Joining more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL OBSERVE THE MONTH-LONG FAST OF RAMADAN BEGINNING MAY 27th, 2017 Introduction Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar, which is based on a 12 month lunar year of approximately 354 days. Because the lunar year is 11 days shorter than the solar year, each lunar month moves 11 days earlier each year. It takes 33 solar years for the lunar months to complete a full cycle and return to the same season. This year, the month long fast of Ramadan is set to begin on May 27th, 2017. The month traditionally begins and ends based on the sighting of the first crescent of the new moon. Read more. Hajj Information Sheet Joining more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world AMERICAN MUSLIMS WILL CELEBRATE EID AL-ADHA (FESTIVAL OF THE SACRIFICE) ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 Introduction During the pilgrimage to Mecca known as the Hajj, American Muslims join millions of Muslims from around the world for a journey of a lifetime. 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 21st, 2017 marks the new year in the Islamic calendar, commencing the year 1439 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. Ramadan and Eid Arts and Crafts Kit for Grades K-6 ING offers an Arts and Crafts Kit for teaching about Ramadan, an important month-long celebration for over 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide as well as the subsequent holiday known as Eid . The kit features educational information and quizzes, art projects, songs and even a fun recipe. As students in today’s classrooms have become increasingly multi-cultural, this is a good way to incorporate one of the many diverse cultures and holidays celebrated by your students. Read more.