REC Seminars & Presentations

Religious Literacy In English Language Arts Discussions

Monday, May 24, 2021 — 12pm (ET)

Chris Olshefski, Doctoral Candidate — University of Pittsburgh 

This study examines the relationship between multicultural education, English Language Arts standards, text-based discussions and student talk about religion within National Board certified teachers’ classrooms. Although religious diversity is often included within discussions of multicultural education, it remains a difficult topic for teachers and students to address, despite the important role religion and religious identities play in many texts typically taught across grade levels (e.g. Number the Stars, To Kill a Mockingbird, Things Fall Apart etc.). Ultimately this work aims to work toward developing recommendations for promoting religious literacy specific to English Language Arts instruction. 

 

Recording available by request.

Recent Events

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)

Teaching Religious Literacy: Teacher Panel

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.

Read More »

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. 

Read More »

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!

Read More »