Religions in My Neighborhood

Religions in My Neighborhood Makes it Easier to Teach About Religion
Tanenbaum’s curriculum, framed by Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design, makes teachers’ jobs easier. Teachers can use Religions in My Neighborhood as a stand-alone curriculum or as a supplement. Features include:

  • lesson plans on respecting others’ beliefs
  • compatibility with Common Core Standards
  • alignment with national English & Social Studies Standards
  • extension activities for different types of learners

Religions in My Neighborhood Cultivates Global Citizens
Religions in My Neighborhood helps teachers instruct students:

  • about the reality of different religions and religious beliefs
  • that religious differences are normal
  • how to be respectfully curious

Religions in My Neighborhood Teacher Trainings
Attend a half-day and full-day workshops for elementary educators, afterschool coordinators and curricular coordinators & directors. Participants in our workshops:

  • overcome concerns (and fears) re. teaching about religion
  • learn how to incorporate religion into lesson plans in accordance with state and federal laws
  • create action plans that incorporate activities from the Religions in My Neighborhood curriculum into your lessons, meeting standards and simultaneously building student practices of respect

“Ground-breaking!”
“Tanenbaum’s newest curriculum – Religions in My Neighborhood – once again breaks through the barriers that perpetuate stereotypes and bullying. Effectively crafted, this curriculum is a ready-resource for after-school educators and full-time teachers committed to helping children grow up without hate.

A must-have for every elementary school educator, this ground-breaking tool provides new ways of teaching academics, respect for all in our multicultural society and an accessible resource for teaching about religion, without promoting or denigrating any belief in the process.”     

Jack Lund, President and CEO
YMCA of Greater New York

“A great resource!”
You are an elementary school teacher. You know your students are working to make sense of the religious diversity in their classroom, their community and the world. How can you help them feel  comfortable noticing and talking about religious differences, grow up to embrace diversity and work against intolerance? Religions in My Neighborhood is a highly accessible curriculum that can be adapted to a wide range of settings. Teachers can select lessons appropriate to their setting or adopt the curriculum whole cloth. A great resource!”

Benjamin Mardell, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Lesley University

Mona Abo-Zena, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Technical Education Research Center

“Outstanding!”
Religions in My Neighborhood is an outstanding and much-needed resource for educating young children about religious differences and commonalities. In far too many American classrooms, religious diversity is the ignored diversity. This failure to take religion seriously contributes to prejudice, discrimination and division in what is now the most religiously diverse society in the world. Using the inspiring, creative lessons contained in this curriculum, educators can provide a sound foundation for religious literacy while simultaneously building understanding and respect among students of many faiths and beliefs.”

Charles C. Haynes, Director
Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum

“Timely!”
“In our increasingly multicultural society that still struggles to talk about religious diversity, this new curriculum resource by Tanenbaum could not be more timely. Religions in My Neighborhood is invaluable for teaching children not only about religious diversity, but also about why valuing religious and other differences enriches our lives and our world. Packed with background
information and activities, and aligned with learning standards and an impressive model for teaching, this is a resource that we all should read and use today.”

Kevin Kumashiro, President
National Association for Multicultural Education