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Building Respect in Education

Dear Friends,

Tanenbaum’s donors and funders make our work possible. Today, I would like to give you a peek into some of the work going on in our Education program as a result of generous support from our Tanenbaum community.

The Education program is creating communities of respect among students, parents, and teachers. One such community is our Education Advisory Board of NYC classroom teachers who are implementing Tanenbaum’s Religions in My Neighborhood (RIMN) curriculum with their students.

These educators are not only building important social and emotional skills in their students, but they are also unlocking their own creative potential as teachers. One third-grade teacher encourages her students to create collages of holidays they celebrate on Google Jamboard. This activity helps students learn about each other’s special days and exposes students not only to skills of active listening and respectful questioning, but also to different forms of religious identity and traditions.

· 87% of students have improved in their skills of active listening
· 87% of students demonstrate thoughtful participation in activities
· 85% of students show interest in learning further about issues of religious diversity.

We are looking forward to expanding the Advisory Board – and inclusion of Religions in My Neighborhood – nationally. Click to learn more about this important work and to join us in this journey.

Warmest regards,

Rev. Mark Fowler,
CEO, Tanenbaum