Selected Links: Web Resources for Teachers

American Civil Liberties Union: Religious Liberty
“The right to practice religion, or no religion at all, is among the most fundamental of the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights. The ACLU works to ensure that religious liberty is protected by keeping the government out of religion. Includes information about Religion in Schools.”

Center for Multicultural Education at University of Washington
“The Center for Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle WA, focuses on research projects and activities designed to improve practice related to equity issues, intergroup relations, and the achievement of all students. Site includes resources for K-12 teachers.”

Divining America: Religion and the National Culture
“Divining America: Religion and the National Culture is designed to help teachers of American history bring their students to a greater understanding of the role religion has played in the development of the United States. It is based on the fact that American history and religion intersect importantly at various points—the Puritan migration to New England, for example, abolition, or the Civil Rights Movement. Divining America illuminates these intersections, for to understand such events fully, students must acquire some appreciation of their religious dimensions.”

First Amendment Center: Religious Liberty in Public Schools
This site includes many lists of further resources for teaching about religion in public schools and essays about religious liberty in classrooms.

Middle East Policy Council’s Teaching about the Arab World
“The Middle East Policy Council offers workshops for secondary educators to learn how to teach about Islam and the Arab World.” As of Fall, 2006, these workshops are under redevelopment. Workshops are expected to be offered again in Spring, 2007.

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life: Religion & Public Schools
“The Pew Forum offers a variety of resources that probe the relationship between religion and public schools, including reports, event transcripts, polling data and the latest news.”

Program in Religion in Secondary Education @ Harvard Divinity School
“The Program in Religion and Secondary Education is a teacher training program designed for those who wish to pursue a middle or secondary school teaching career in conjunction with their theological studies.” This site includes links for teaching about religion in public schools.

Religion and Public Education Resource Center (RPERC)
“The Religion and Public Education Resource Center provides general information about the ethical, legal, and educational issues that arise in connection with the topic of religion and public education. The work of the RPERC is based on the conviction that the academic study of the world’s religions in public elementary and secondary schools not only makes an indispensable contribution to historical and cultural literacy, it is also an integral part of education for citizenship in a pluralistic democracy.”

Religion in American Life
A series of books on various aspects of American Religious life. Three of the volumes give history of religions in America. Nine cover specific religious group in America and four address specific themes: women, African Americans, church-state issues and immigration. Includes information on how to receive a free copy of A Teacher’s Guide to Religion in American Life.

Religious Movements Homepage Project
This extensive website offers “detailed profiles of more than two hundred different religious groups and movements. Some of them may be very familiar to you, others not. In addition, there are other valuable resources, including information on ‘cult’ controversies, essays by respected scholars, and teaching resources on which interested visitors are invited to draw.”

Sikh Next Door
“The Sikh Next Door project is a resource for teachers who want to use an engaging educational project to discuss diversity, geography, current events, and culture. The middle and high school curriculum includes 10 lessons each.”

UniYatra Group
“The UniYatra Group is proud to make available to you these quality educational works on Hinduism. The newly developed multimedia CD-ROM, Hinduism: Wisdom and Way is now available, along with several other offerings by Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, Professor of Religion at St. Olaf College and distinguished Hindu scholar.”