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Teaching about Religions as Diversity Education

Ten Issues that Should Arise when Teaching Religion 

Movies as a Tool in World Religions

A Conversation with My Neighbors: My response to the San Bernardino shootings. 

Buddhist Iconography in the Upper School 

Movies as a Tool in Teaching World Religions 

Teaching About Silent Worship

Hinduism and a Smile

Beyond Buddha's Birth- Tales of Teaching Tibetan Buddhi

Teaching Religion not Whats, but the Whys and Hows

Life of Pi

Using Mahfouz in the Classroom: The Journey of Ibn Fattouma

Thinking about Food, Religion, and Sustainability

Engaging in Religion, Ethics, and Nature in Secondary Schools

Religion Teachers Update

Because Stories Matter 

Creating Unity: Exploring Interfaith Dialogue 



One Day World Religion Teachers Gathering
Zoom Event  •  October 23, 2020

Institute for Teaching World Religions    
TBD, Summer 2021


Books & Publications


Readings from The World's Religious Traditions

This book is an excellent resource for secondary, college, or adult education students. 






Teaching Islam
with Amy Glenn

Teaching the Bhagavad Gita
with Amy Glenn

When People Ask You About Islam
with Amy Glenn

Teaching Buddhism
with Amy Glenn


Virtual Department


Please join our growing virtual department of religion teachers from across the nation for discussion and resource-sharing!

Group Facilitator

Justin Maaia, National Cathedral School


Please click here for more information.


About Virtual Department Meetings

Many educators in CSEE focus areas are in a "department of one" at their schools (ie. the only service learning director, the only world religions teacher). Virtual Department Meetings are an opportunity for these educators to connect with their peers in other independent schools, to talk shop and to share ideas. These meetings are free for CSEE members, $100 per year for non-members, and will take place periodically throughout the year, with different themes.



Specific Religious Traditions

For resources specific to one religious tradition, please see the following: 

   Buddhism                  Christianity                  Hinduism
       Islam                       Judaism                      Sikhism
  Other Traditions            World Religions           Religion & Ecology





CSEE offers unparalleled consultations that are unique to your school and your specific challenges. Available in-person, via phone and your computer. 


Recordings & Podcasts

Islam & Modernity: Issues for the Classroom

From the pillars of Islam to zakat to Muslim ethics, Dr. Afsaruddin describes how the Qur’an and hadith instruct Muslims to live. She explains religious tolerance, community, personal struggle, and justice and mercy from her moderate Muslim perspective.




What Do You Believe? The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers

This 52 minute documentary is one of the best resources we know for stimulating discussions with teens about issues of inter-religious understanding and being a teen with a spiritual life. 




Links to External Sites


  • Religion and Ethics Newsweekly (PBS) has set itself apart from the mainstream media by providing distinctive, cutting-edge news coverage and analysis of national and international events in the ever-changing religious world. Hosted by veteran journalist Bob Abernethy and produced by Thirteen/WNET New York, the acclaimed one-of-a-kind TV show examines religion's role -- and the ethical dimensions -- behind top news headlines.
  • The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is a New York-based resource for issues of peacemaking and religious diversity in workplaces, schools, and health care.
  • Forum on Religion and Ecology offers extensive resources and readings on how the world's main religious traditions show respect for the earth.
  • The Association of Religion Data Archives provides user-friendly tools for the exploration of social science data and research on religion (scores of traditions and sects), spirituality and ethics.
  • The School for Ethical Education (SEE), in Milford, Connecticut, supports strategies to put ethics in action to develop positive character through programs that include service learning, academic integrity, essay writing for character education with laws of life for character-based decision making.
  • The Institute on Religion and Civic Values specializes in advancing knowledge about world religions and cultures.
  • The Pluralism Project's mission is to help Americans engage with the realities of religious diversity through research, outreach, and the active dissemination of resources.
  • Religious Studies in Secondary Schools (RSISS) is a coalition of public and private secondary school teachers committed to the idea that education is not complete without the academic study of the world's religious traditions and the ethical values, literatures, and cultures so inextricably linked to them.


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