Educators Toolkit

Resources for Teachers, Instructors, + Administrators

In schools across the United States today, educators do more than just teach academic subjects. One of the most important things a teacher can do is to understand the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of their students and teach them how to work together. Are you an educator who wants to create an inclusive and enriching classroom experience? If so, this toolkit is for you. These evidence-based resources built by expert scholars will help you foster a safe learning environment for all of your students, especially those who happen to be Muslim.

Addressing Bullying of Muslim Children

Religious-Based Bullying report cover

Given the prevalence rates and negative mental health outcomes associated with religious-based bullying, it must be considered a public health issue in need of prevention and intervention attention. This brief provides insights from the first-ever National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit held in Washington, DC, on December 2–3, 2017. The summit gathered a multitude of experts on the issue, including advocates, researchers, teachers, parents, physicians, mental health practitioners, and, most importantly, targets of bullying to share their stories of the abuse and how it impacted their mental well-being.

  • While bullying is on the rise in American schools, the reasons why Muslim children are being bullied vary: the American mainstream’s limited knowledge, pervasive misperceptions, and negative stereotypes about Muslims. Little is known about Islam and Muslims, and little is being done to redress this...

  • Did you know that October is national bullying prevention month? To be effective, it’s critical to identify emerging patterns in bullying that uniquely impacts diverse groups such as Muslim students. Just last month, the world was shocked when local Texan school officials had Ahmed Mohamed...

Educators Toolkit

Resources for Teachers, Instructors, + Administrators

In schools across the United States today, educators do more than just teach academic subjects. One of the most important things a teacher can do is to understand the diversity of backgrounds and experiences of their students and teach them how to work together. Are you an educator who wants to create an inclusive and enriching classroom experience? If so, this toolkit is for you. These evidence-based resources built by expert scholars will help you foster a safe learning environment for all of your students, especially those who happen to be Muslim.

Addressing Bullying of Muslim Children

Religious-Based Bullying report cover

Given the prevalence rates and negative mental health outcomes associated with religious-based bullying, it must be considered a public health issue in need of prevention and intervention attention. This brief provides insights from the first-ever National Interfaith Anti-Bullying Summit held in Washington, DC, on December 2–3, 2017. The summit gathered a multitude of experts on the issue, including advocates, researchers, teachers, parents, physicians, mental health practitioners, and, most importantly, targets of bullying to share their stories of the abuse and how it impacted their mental well-being.

  • While bullying is on the rise in American schools, the reasons why Muslim children are being bullied vary: the American mainstream’s limited knowledge, pervasive misperceptions, and negative stereotypes about Muslims. Little is known about Islam and Muslims, and little is being done to redress this...

  • Did you know that October is national bullying prevention month? To be effective, it’s critical to identify emerging patterns in bullying that uniquely impacts diverse groups such as Muslim students. Just last month, the world was shocked when local Texan school officials had Ahmed Mohamed...

Classroom Resources

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American Muslim Poll

Our third annual poll measures attitudes and policy preferences that impact the lives of American Muslims, including results from Catholics, Protestants, Jews, white Evangelicals, and the non-affiliated. Our findings provide empirical evidence that can be used to respond to stereotypes about American Muslims.

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Muslims for American Progress

Today, issues surrounding American Muslims are central in our political discourse and popular culture. Yet most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim. The Muslims for American Progress (MAP) project provides a much-needed, evidence-based portrait of a deeply misunderstood community.

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Bibliography of Books about Islam and Muslims

This collection lists over 250 books published between 1966 and 2017 that focus on Muslims and Islam in the United States.

Who Are American Muslims infographic

Who Are American Muslims?

This handout is a data-driven overview of who Muslims in America are. Students can learn about American Muslims’ racial make-up, education, and identity, while being introduced to the faces and voices of real Muslims.

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Infographic Handouts

This series of infographics highlights important findings from the 2018 American Muslim Poll. Use these as a tool to help students digest data points to support meaningful classroom lessons and discussions.

Videos for Your Students

The data from ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2018 showed that most Americans want to live in a country free from bigotry against Muslims. But Islamophobia does exist in the margins—and it’s bad for everybody.

When you hear “Muslim women,” what do you think of? Here’s what the data from ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2017 says.

What would an America without Muslims look like? Watch this video based on ISPU’s Muslims for American Progress (MAP) project to learn more.

How well do you know American Muslims? These facts from ISPU’s American Muslim Poll 2016 just might surprise you.

When you look at Muslim scholar Dalia Mogahed, what do you see: a woman of faith? a scholar, a mom, a sister? or an oppressed, brainwashed, potential terrorist? In this TED talk, ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed asks us to choose empathy over prejudice.

What is Islamophobia? Why is there so much of it? And how does it impact all of us? ISPU Director of Research Dalia Mogahed answers these questions.

Spiritual Education

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On July 25, 2017, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) hosted a one-day convening in partnership with the John Templeton Foundation (JTF) to identify the needs, opportunities, and challenges for weekend Islamic schools as they relate to character development in students between the ages of 6 and 18. Based on the exchange of ideas at the convening, the participants came up with experience- and evidence-based recommendations that can be implemented by all those working in connection with Islamic schools.

What if you were asked to recall the best, most fulfilling moment you had at a mosque? ISPU asked American Muslim women this question, and here is what we found.

Allison, Daniel, and Kayla are converts to Islam. Follow their journeys to see how their mosques created welcoming, inclusive, and dynamic environments for them to grow in their faith.

Meeting the Needs of Muslim Youth

This series looks at the unique challenges that today’s young American Muslims face, including religious literacy, online safety, drug use, and issues surrounding both convert care and race.

  • What can American Muslim communities do to prevent and treat drug use among American Muslim Youth? Primary research on American Muslim youth substance use and addiction is limited. However, existing research indicates that young American Muslims use and experiment with intoxicating substances, and tend toward...

  • What basic knowledge and literacy gaps about Islam are important to fill for American Muslim youth and what resources already exist? In the United States, children live in an increasingly diverse and pluralistic environment, and need to be, “equipped with an understanding of various religions”...

  • How do we keep American Muslim youth safe online? How do we nurture positive online engagement? Technology is a major part of our lives today. Teenagers in particular spend a great deal of time online. According to Common Sense Media, teenagers average about 50 hours...

  • How can predominately South Asian and Arab American mosques promote a greater understanding of race and civil rights, and create inclusive environments for African American Muslim youth? The United States’ several million Muslims are the most racially, culturally, and ethnically diverse group in the country....

  • How can we provide better support to convert youth? According to Ta’leef Collective, over 20,000 Americans convert to Islam annually. But, many new converts leave Islam in the first two years after conversion. In this series of small group discussions, participants discussed the challenges faced...

Other Reports You May Find Useful

  • The cost of teacher turnover is soon to become the next “crisis” in education. In some respects this “crisis” has already started, as many districts are facing a severe shortage of math and science teachers. Added to the challenge of finding the right teachers to...

  • As the Muslim population in the United States continues to grow, Islamic schools are springing up across the nation’s landscape. Education, both secular and religious, has always been of the greatest importance to the Muslim community in America. Muslims have made it clear that they...

  • The very essence of Islamic schools is the teaching of Islam. It is what defines us. We have;many Islamic curricula that fulfill the cultural and traditional needs and expectations of;parents and communities; however, we continue to desire more spiritual content and real-life applications. We realize that if we want a curriculum for our children, we must look at Islamic;curricula through the lens of our children's needs.; Though such talk has been bub

  • “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue…” So we were taught in primary school. But, did you know that the captains of two of the three small Spanish ships comprising Columbus’s fleet were in fact Muslim? Martin Alonso Pinzon the captain of the Pinta and...

  • American Muslim youth are a heterogeneous group, with varying backgrounds, experiences, and needs. Families, schools, and communities can benefit from research on American Muslim youth to improve current approaches in youth programming and development. This report identifies the nuances and complexities of American Muslim youth’s...