November, 18, 2020 – This session will begin an ongoing conversation about mentoring in the field of religion and education. Topics of Discussion will include: areas of professional development, research and publishing mentoring, and building a network of mentor-mentee relationships.
RE Teachers and Academic Knowledge on Facebook
October 28, 2020 – Knut Aukland will discuss an ongoing study of a Norwegian RE teacher group on Facebook. This research examines teacher engagement with researcher, research, and academic knowledge and the relationship between academic and practitioner knowledge
Examining Religious Commitments and Beliefs about Schooling
October 14, 2020 – Callid Keefe-Perry will discuss his research exploring the relationship between individuals (a) orientations toward religion and spirituality with (b) their sense of the purpose of public schooling.
Reconnect and Recharge
Tuesday, September 29 – Catch up with old and new friends and colleagues. Hear about the exciting work members are doing around the world.
Religious literacy in teacher education: Faculty and preservice teachers’ perspectives
July 8, 2020 — Erin Reid (PhD Candidate, McGill) will share some preliminary results from interviews with both faculty and preservice teachers from her doctoral research investigating the role of religious literacy as an educational aim for civic competency for Canadian teacher education programs.
Religious Literacy and Anti-Racist Education
June 15, 2020 – Dr. W. Y. Alice Chan will help us begin our conversation by sharing her recent experience and lessons learned while discussing racism and religious literacy during an online dialogue based in the Vancouver area. There will be plenty of time for discussion and reflection as a group.
America’s First Freedom Curriculum
May 28, 2020 — Dr. Hall will provide details on the development of a new thematic unit on religious freedom from The Religious Freedom Institute (RFI) to be used in the secondary school setting. He will also describe some of the opportunities and challenges in developing religion related curriculum for public schools.
Equipping Institutions and School Leaders to Support Religious, Spiritual, and Secular Identities
April 13, 2020 – Dr. J. Cody Nielsen, founder and director of Convergence, an organization focused on using policy, practice, and training to improve campus climates for religious, spiritual, and secular identities.
Teaching about Religion Documentary Film
March 24, 2020 – Allison Walsh discussed her documentary film project looking at a high school world religions class in Illinois.
State of the Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Religion and Education
February 19, 2020 – Benjamin Marcus, Kate Soules, David Callaway — On Sept. 27, 2019, experts gathered at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for a National Summit on Religion and Education to discuss the past, present and future of K-12 religious studies education in the United States.