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ICJS Summer Teachers Institute

July 18–22, 2022

Join us in Baltimore this summer!

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 Baltimore-area 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 Details

Dates: Monday, July 18, 2022 – Friday, July 22, 2022 

Time: Monday-Thursday: 9am-4pm; Friday: 9am-12:30pm

Where: Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS), 956 Dulaney Valley Rd. Towson, MD

Cost: Free

Field Trips: Afternoon transportation provided to and from local congregations

Meals: Breakfast and lunch provided

For more information, submit the Interest Form below.




On creating an interreligious classroom

How can teaching about religion help disarm religious bias and bigotry? In this professional development institute for secondary teachers, we’ll consider this and other essential questions.

Program Goals

Help disarm religious bias and bigotry

To recognize how classroom instruction and atmosphere can help disarm religious bias and bigotry, and to workshop and share curriculum ideas 

Build teacher confidence

To build your confidence as a teacher in talking about and teaching religion in your  classroom  

Foster relationships

To foster relationships with area congregations and understanding of the diverse religious landscape in Baltimore