Educator Professional Development

Summer 2022

Rice University's Boniuk Institute presents

Practicing Pluralism: Religion, Culture, and the Arts for Secondary Social Studies and ELAR Educators


June 27-30, 2022

Religious literacy, tolerance, and understanding depend on the study and practice of pluralism, from local to global levels, especially as multicultural democracies around the world are under stress. This online professional development course for secondary social studies and ELAR teachers will align to the Texas standards, and engage local and global topics in religion, explored through history, geography, culture, and the arts more broadly designed for inclusion of world religions. 

Summer themes include celebrations of pluralism in religion and music, religion and museum arts, as well as challenges to pluralism in religion and war (Ukraine) and antisemitism; with additional sessions on teaching about the Bible and exploring the Texas social studies standards rewriting process under SB3. All sessions include relevant literature for the ELAR classroom.

SCHEDULE: All times Central Standard Time (GMT-6) Monday - Thursday, 8:00am - 12:00pm will be synchronous Zoom workshops with scholars, followed by asynchronous afternoon self-paced learning at Canvas.

  • Aligned to secondary Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for social studies and ELA, including strands.
  • Earn 30 hours of TEA continuing education credits upon completion of the requirements for the course.
  • No prerequisites needed.
  • Open to pre-service, in-service, departmental teams, district administrators, and educators broadly situated throughout the community.
  • No cost to teachers or districts.
  • Preparation materials will be shared with educators via Canvas by approximately June 13, 2022.


Contact Boniuk Institute with any questions you may have at tolerance@rice.edu

ONLINE DATES: June 27-30, 2022