Our work in Religious Literacy and Education advances the public understanding of religion through active and ongoing support to educators, focused on those teaching at the 7-12th grade and community college levels. We provide resources, training, and support to help educators advance religious literacy through core humanities and social science curricula (history, literature, art, social studies) and through traditions-based coursework. In doing so, we are not introducing something new into the existing curricula. Because religion is embedded in all aspects of culture, it is already embedded in the content being taught, and our aim is to help educators identify the religious dimensions of their content and teach it in pedagogically rich and constitutionally sound ways. We believe that by advancing a more complex understanding of the roles religions play in both history and contemporary affairs, educators can train students to be active participants in building a more just and peaceful society.
Fellow in Education, 2019-2020
In times of conflict, assumptions about others can lead to even more conflict. Monika Johnston says RPL gave her students tools to assess their own frame of reference and a drive to actively listen to the perspective of another.