Tanenbaum’s Religion and Diversity Education Program has been very busy this February. So far this month, we have trained over 100 educators, and that number will increase when we present two sessions at the Beyond School Hours Conference in Atlanta next week. Through these February trainings, we have presented for and partnered with some wonderful organizations: The YMCA, The After-School Corporation (TASC), The New York Public Library and Facing History and Ourselves.
On the curricula front this February, we finalized updates on our World Olympics curriculum and are in the final editing process for our upcoming K-4 curriculum, Religions in My Neighborhood, which helps children understand the importance of social and cultural differences among members of their living and learning communities. It allows them to feel comfortable noticing and discussing religious difference and to see those differences as a normal, understandable and interesting part of their world.
In other February news, we received confirmation that our Director of Programs, Mark Fowler, will be traveling to Dubai in March to run Education workshops with the Tony Blair Faith Foundation! We are also in the pre-planning stages for a trip to Israel, where we would work with Jewish and Muslim educators. It is wonderful to see Tanenbaum’s reach extending around the world.