JLR Special Issue Call “Critical Religious Literacy”

There is a growing need for literacy scholars to examine how prejudices impact literacy practices in K-12 contexts and beyond. More broadly, the role of religion, religious literacy, and critical religious literacy cannot be underscored enough in how it shapes public and private discourses. In this special issue, we call on literacy scholars to submit Insights essays and/or empirical research that speak to the role of religion in literacy education “from the heroic to the heinous” and everything in between from a broad range of perspectives (i.e., non-Western, Western, Indigenous) and contexts (private religious to public secular schools, as well as out-of-school contexts).

Understanding Diversity & Inclusion: Exploring Indic Traditions

Flyer for 2024 Summer PD

July 8-12: Join us for a free immersive workshop where you’ll dive deep into the teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Gain valuable insights and discover the best pedagogical strategies to effectively integrate these teachings into diverse educational settings.

Religious Worlds of New York Summer Institute

The Religious Worlds of New York summer institute is a project of the Interfaith Center of New York that helps K-12 teachers teach creatively and effectively about religious diversity. The next Religious Worlds institute will meet from July 8-26, 2024.  Applications are due by March 5.

Teaching Religious Literacy: Teacher Panel

Headshots of three teachers, two women and one man, superimposed on the image of a chalkboard with the title Teaching Religious Literacy: Teacher Panel. Text on the chalkboard says Wednesday, January 10, 2024 3:30pm (ET)

January 10, 2024 – Join three secondary religion teachers for a conversation about how they teach about religion in their different contexts. They will share examples from their classrooms and discuss the challenges of teaching about religion in today’s educational climate.

Religious Literacy: Children’s Museums as Playful Spaces to Engage Young Children and Adults

November 1, 2023 — Children’s museums provide playful spaces within the public sphere for children and adults to engage together through familiar and novel content and platforms. This talk explores processes in developing religious literacy within the informal educational context of Boston Children’s Museum (BCM). To guide critical theory-practice connections, we reflect on how as collaborators in the Religious Literacy Initiative we sought to provide children and the adults who care for them opportunities to: 1) unpack how beliefs and values develop as a facet of identity; 2) increase comfort around differing belief systems and uncover commonalities; and 3) celebrate religious, cultural and familial traditions. 

Podcasting as Pedagogy

October 12, 2023 — World Religions high school teacher Greg Soden will offer tips, show examples and rubrics, and discuss the various tools available to educators who want to assess their students via podcasting!

The Search for the “Right” College: An Overview of White Evangelical College Decision-Making with Implications for Practice 

September 21, 2023 — Although white evangelicals have long been skeptical about non-sectarian higher education, the current climate in the United States necessitates a fresh look at possible sources of their beliefs. Edwards’s research seeks to understand how evangelical high school students navigate the college enrollment process in the current polarized climate.