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ICJS Summer Teachers Institute

Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 2022

A Deep Dive into Religious Issues for Secondary School Educators

With rising incidents of antisemitism and Islamophobia, how can we better equip educators to respond to religious bias and bigotry? Educators are on the front lines of public discourse on religious issues, with debate and disputes often entering their classrooms. They need the knowledge and confidence to engage in important conversations and teaching around religion with their students, free from fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. Classrooms are also interreligious spaces, where everyone has a unique religious or non-religious identity. 

The ICJS Summer Teachers Institute will gather secondary school educators across public, independent, and religious schools and cross-curricularly to learn together over four and a half days. In the mornings, educators will learn together about pressing issues of religion. In the afternoons, participants will visit area congregations to meet and be in conversation with Baltimore-area religious leaders. 


Program Goals

  • To recognize the importance of teaching students about religion as a way of combating  religious bias and bigotry 
  • To build teacher confidence in talking about religion in their classrooms 
  • To foster relationship with area congregations 
  • To workshop and share curriculum ideas

Program Details

  • Dates: Monday, July 18 – Friday, July 22, 2022 
  • Time: Monday-Thursday: 9 AM-4 PM; Friday: 9 AM-12:30 PM
  • Location: Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, 956 Dulaney Valley Rd. Towson, MD
  • Cost: Free
  • Afternoon transportation provided to and from local congregations for field trips
  • Breakfast and lunch provided