Research done on Muslim students and families in public schools shows overwhelmingly that religion plays a vital role in the their lives and that they experience detrimental treatment in public schools due to a lack of knowledge about their religious and cultural background on the part of the educators. You can take the training Engaging Muslim Students in Public Schools to learn more about that.
Of course, no educator wants their students and families to feel mistreated or misunderstood. In fact, public education for years now has devoted plenty of energy and resources to fulfilling ideals of equity, multiculturalism, diversity, and antiracism etc.
But the typical shortcoming of these trainings is they use catch-all conceptualizations that attempt to put the experience of students from the non-dominant culture into one basket. There may be some initial use and benefit to this, but most educators today are left overwhelmed and feeling like there is a need to understand students on a deeper level that includes learning specific knowledge about their students and their family backgrounds. Especially knowledge that is immediately relative to how they show up in the classroom.
For teachers of Muslim students, this is where Engaging Muslims Students in Public Schools has been found invaluable.
Not only does this training bridge difficult gaps of understanding, but it also points out pitfalls that are common today in our schools’ approaches to equity and diversity that, while well-intended, can actually have the impact of hurting and further alienating Muslim students and families.
Register for the training today or ask your school to sign you up. Once you are registered you can take the course at your own pace, and it is mobile friendly to take.
You will be amazed at how much this training gives you towards understanding and engaging your Muslim students and families on a deeper level.