Updates from Members of the Religion and Education Collaborative

In this meeting, members of the Religion and Education Collaborative give updates on their work across many different fields, including recent conference presentation, educational initiatives, and research projects. Watch the recording to hear about all of the exciting work that members of the collaborative are doing to advance research on religion and education.

Teaching About Religion in Texas

Dr. Gayle Pagnoni shares her experiences creating a partnership between the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University and the Houston Independent School District. Gayle has taught in secondary and tertiary education for over a decade, and holds a doctorate in Religion from the University of Florida.

Religious Literacy from Community Groups

To date, our Religion and Education Collaborative webinars have focused on religious literacy in public and private schools, and in higher education. To inform ourselves of the valuable work that is also done in these contexts by community groups and NGOs, our June 7 call welcomed two representatives from the Kaur Foundation, Mirin Phool, co-founder and president, and Dr. Pritpal Kaur Ahluwalia, Associate Director of Education and Community Development. They presented on the origins of the foundation and the religious literacy efforts they have established with teachers and schools in the US, especially vis-à-vis instruction about Sikhism.

Responding to Religious Diversity and Literacy in Classical Education

This session details the measures that can be implemented to foster religious literacy and diversity in non-sectarian Classical curricular model. Timothy Hall is the Director of Academics at Thales Academy in North Carolina. He is the author of several textbook supplements, curricula, standards and several popular history texts including The Complete Idiot’s World History and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Middle Ages.