Educator Professional Development

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About Educator Professional Development
The Boniuk Institute presents its annual Professional Development program for secondary Social Studies educators

Participants receive training in basic religious literacy and TEKS-aligned resources, which create awareness and enables them to more confidently include and address the role of religion in classroom subject matter. Participating educators received continuing education credits at the completion of this series. 

2024 Educator Professional Development: "World Religions and Culture"
Educators in the online Educator Professional Development series will explore and engage with scholars on the following topics:
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Niki Clements 
Religion and Science
This course explodes the myth of the "conflict" model in order to think in a more nuanced way of relating religion and science.
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Di Di 
Buddhism Evolving: Exploring its Past, Present, and Future 
Trace the historical development of different Buddhist traditions to its diverse manifestations in the modern world.
 
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Gregory Han
Religious Literacy: Understanding and Application
Explore the vocabulary of religious life as well as how religious people use this vocabulary to create and find meaning.

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Mendel Kranz
Judaism in Europe
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Josiah Taru 
Religion and Culture in Africa
Explore the practices and relevance of religion in the everyday life of people in Africa. Discuss religiously motivated violence and migration.
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Jauhara Ferguson 
Introduction to Islam 
An introduction to the history of Islam and its central beliefs, as well as key similarities and distinctions between Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
 
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Brenton Kalinowski
Hinduism: A Global Religion
A brief introduction to the beliefs and practices of Hinduism, and a discussion of its cultural influence around the world.
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Stanislav Panin
Religion in Russia and Ukraine
A discussion of the role of religion in Russian and Ukrainian cultures, including its significance in the context of ongoing Russian-Ukrainian conflict. 
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Eduard van der Merwe 
Religion and State
An introduction to the complex relationship between the state and religion.

Register now for the 2024 Boniuk Institute Educator Professional Development: World Religions & Culture