In recent weeks, religion in schools has been in the news—and not in a good way. Duxbury High School football team’s antisemitic play-calling made national news and, closer to home, an image perpetuating negative stereotypes about Muslims was inexplicably included in the Baltimore County Public School System's online math curriculum.
We know that many young people first encounter religious difference in the classroom. This is why the ICJS Teachers Fellowship works with these educators who are uniquely positioned to foster a culture of religious equity and inclusion that benefits students, schools, and families.
Our Teacher Fellows have worked with ICJS scholars and their peers to hone lesson plans across curricula to increase religious literacy and understanding, which we believe leads to a more connected and inclusive community. We have been so privileged to work with this year’s cohort as they’ve navigated this new interreligious learning along with virtual and hybrid teaching in the COVID era.
We are now actively recruiting for the 2021-22 Fellowship cohort, which will begin in September 2021. We hope you will nominate middle or secondary school teachers interested in working together with fellow educators to transform classrooms and schools into places where learning about religious diversity serves to inspire and prepare individuals for fuller participation in the life of our city, nation, and world.