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Navigating a Religiously Diverse Society

How does it look to study religion in an academically rigorous and constitutionally appropriate way?

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Explore the Facets of Religious Freedom

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    Religious Expression & Practice in Public Schools

    Students do not leave their religious identity behind when they come to school, and the Free Exercise clause protects their rights to religious expression and practice. This professional development module examines the protections, and limitations, of the Free Exercise clause for students in public schools.

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    Freedom in the Balance

    The terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, forced us to reconsider the balance between protecting public safety and protecting First Amendment freedoms – our cornerstone rights of religious liberty, free expression and political action. Twenty-two paired case studies explore how this debate has evolved from friction among Founding Fathers to cybersecurity standoffs.

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    Pedagogies of Religious Literacy

    What does it mean to be “religiously literate”? What do you need to know and be able to do? This professional development module examines two different definitions of religious literacy, compares the strengths and weaknesses of each, and considers the application in the classroom.

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    The Establishment Clause & Public Schools

    The First Amendment’s Establishment Clause prevents the government from creating any law “respecting an establishment of religion” or that privileges one religion over another. This professional development module examines the purpose and scope of the clause, what constitutes a violation of the provision, and common issues in public schools where the Establishment Clause might apply.

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