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Religious Literacy for Educators

Continuing Education Programs

This course provides educators with a solid foundation in the diverse religious landscape of the American school system and the tools and skills needed to apply such knowledge into their schools to create a safe and respectful school environment. Increased knowledge about religion enables educators to recognize religious identities and understand how students might want, or not want, those identities to be acknowledged in the classroom. This 10-week course will dive deep into the lived religious traditions present in schools and address the misconceptions and fears that feed the recent spikes in identity-based bullying in our schools.

  • January 24 - April 1, 2022, Online Asynchronous
  • Bi-weekly check-in's will be held throughout the course
  • Guest speakers
  • Cost for the full online course is $600

About the Instructor

Chris Murray Jr. is a National Board-Certified Social Studies Teacher in Montgomery County MD, where he has taught over 1,000 high school students in World Religions. In the summer of 2016 Chris launched “Religious Literacy for Educators,” becoming the first school district in the USA to offer a professional development program of this type. To date the program has had 13 cohorts, training over 300 educators in Montgomery County, MD. Chris’ work in religious literacy education has been profiled in the Washington Post, on CBS News, and has led to invitations to speak with the US Department of Education, US Department of State, and the White House. Chris has an MA in Holocaust Studies, MEd in Special Education, MS in Curriculum Design and Instruction, and BA in History (Education & Asian Studies).