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Resources for Religious literacy

Several valuable and informative resources are available to help one become more religiously literate.  Below is an ongoing accumulation of the best resources I have found for educators and the general public.

Free and for the general public:

For educators:

In-person workshops and seminars:

I also encourage you to search for emerging religious literacy programs for educators in your local communities (such as the one coordinated by Chris Murray in Maryland in June 2016).

Online resources:

Books:

In addition to these resources, I have compiled a document titled “Tips for creating a religiously inclusive classroom” that can be downloaded here.  The tips include:

  1. Know your own students. There are a lot of religions in the world. Start with the ones present in your classroom.
  2. Learn our ABCDs. We don’t need to be theologians, but we can at least learn the:
    a. Architecture: Know what the house of worship is called, like mandir (Hindu), masjid or mosque (Muslim), and gurdwara (Sikh).
    b. Books: Know the name(s) of the religion’s holy text(s).
    c. Cities: Know the names and locations of the religion’s holiest cities, like Amritsar (Sikhism), Mecca and Medina (Islam), and Varanasi/Benares (Hinduism).
    d. Days: Know the names and meanings of the religion’s major holidays, like Diwali and Holi (Hinduism), Ramadan and Eid ul’ Fitr (Islam), and Vaisaki (Sikhism).
  3. Recognize religion as part of students’ social identities. Understand how this makes religion especially salient for some students, and how the family’s religion may be important even to students who don’t see themselves as “religious.”
  4. Avoid the urge to “Christianize” religions and holidays. e.g., saying “Ramadan is like Lent” or “Janmastami is like Christmas.”
  5. Include religion in our curricula whenever it’s appropriate. Discuss how different religions deal with the concept at hand.

Religious Bullying

There remains little focus on religious bullying, but I hope to raise more awareness about this form of bullying through this site.  Please visit often to review new reports and educational aids to understand and address religious bullying.

Reports about religious bullying:

Programs and guides to address religious bullying:

Welcome to Alice Chan’s Professional e-Portfolio!

I am currently completing my studies in the two year Master of Teaching program at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.  My goal as a teacher is to inspire all students to soar by realizing and thereby reaching their potential and find the joy in becoming a life-long learner.  Passionate about the inclusion of all students, my research is focused on how teachers can address religion in an inclusive public school secular classroom.