PK-12 Resources

Teaching Tolerance

  • What is The Truth About American Muslims (Grades 7+): This publication by the Religious Freedom Education Project of the First Amendment Center and Interfaith Alliance for Islamic Understanding provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions about religious freedom and American Muslims.
  • Who Are American Muslims?: Why is anti-Muslim bias on the rise in the United States? How much do your students know about Islam and its followers? Explore these questions with two student-friendly videos.
  • Busting Common Myths About Islam
    • Lesson: Common Religious Clothing (Grades 3-5): In this lesson, students will explore how articles of clothing are linked to different religions.
    • Lesson: Countering Islamophobia (Grades 9+): This lesson explores, confronts and seeks to deconstruct stereotypes and fears targeted at Muslims. Students will understand the meaning of Islamophobia and its effects on Muslims.
    • Lesson: Debunking Stereotypes About Muslims and Islam (Grades 6-12): Using charts and graphs, this activity will help students identify similarities and differences between the U.S. Muslim population and the entire U.S. population. It will also help dispel common stereotypes about Islam.

Teaching While Muslim

Teaching While Muslim works towards equity in education and promotes “social justice, anti-racist, and anti-Islamophobic, curricula and educators” in schools. Offering workshops and classroom resources, TWM creates networks for Muslim educators while challenging all who teach to bring critical lens and framework to their classrooms.

Islamic Networks Group (ING)

Educating for cultural literacy and mutual respect, is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement in schools and different organizations. Those interested can find guest speakers from different faiths, including Islam, and use their online curriculum guides on a variety of topics related to cultural awareness and building bridges.

Social Justice Books

A project of Teaching for Change, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. Social Justice Books offers carefully selected lists of books for children and educators, book reviews, and articles on social justice, multicultural children’s literature.

Guide for Selecting Anti-bias Children’s Books: a best practices guide on analyzing books for racism and sexism.

Building Collections and Using Books