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  • Interactive games, surveys & learning resources
  • Online discussion forums
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Designed with teachers’ and administrators’ busy schedules in mind, our professional development is 100% onlineaccessible anytime, anywhereand self-paced, interactive, and focused on the practical application of the First Amendment and religious studies in the classroom. 

 

EACH MODULE INCLUDES:

  • Curated Readings
  • Videos and/or podcasts
  • Interactive games, surveys & learning resources
  • Discussion forums
  • Professional development badges

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The Religious Freedom Center of the Freedom Forum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. Reorganized in 2010 to expand on religious liberty initiatives begun by the First Amendment Center in 1994, the Religious Freedom Center has sponsored numerous public programs at the Newseum, developed partnerships with national and international organizations, and convened a broad range of religious and civil liberties groups.

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Learn constitutional approaches to teaching about religion. Designed for busy teachers, our 1-hour PD modules are available to take online when convenient. Examine theories and methodologies, evaluate case studies, and explore how you can incorporate religious studies into your current curriculum.

Understand the legal frameworks that govern religion in public schools. With our expertly designed modules, you’ll become more confident in responding to questions or concerns from students, families and community members in matters regarding religion and school.

 

Public schools uphold the First Amendment by protecting the religious liberties of students of all faiths and none. Our modules help educate parents and other stakeholders on students’ rights and how to engage in civil dialogue around sensitive or controversial issues.

 

Teaching about Religious Identity

Religion is thought by many to consist only of beliefs and scripture. However, religion encompasses other aspects of life including behavior and a sense of belonging. This module explores a more sophisticated framework for understanding religion. This new structure...

Critiquing World Religions

Many religious scholars dislike the term “world religions” when utilized to describe survey religion courses. They argue these classes primarily rely on a classification system rooted in Protestant Christianity and often characterize non-Protestant Christian faith...

Teaching Methods of Religious Studies

Religious Studies, or the academic study of religion, draws its methods from a variety of disciplines including psychology, sociology, history, and archaeology. just to name a few. This module examines a selection of these approaches and how they’ve been applied to the study of religion.

Teaching Theories about Religion

“Religion.” As familiar as the word seems, it is a challenge to define. This module introduces prominent scholars from the past century whose definitions of “religion” continue to shape religious studies scholarship to this today.