Teachers do so much more than teach math and language arts. Educators teach the next generation how to work together with empathy and mutual respect.
That’s why at ISPU, we use our research to create trainings for educators across the country. Empowered with the right data, ISPU-trained teachers help foster a safe learning environment for all of their students, especially those who happen to be Muslim.
Sara Sisco, a teacher at Potter’s House High School in Kent County, participated in our June training in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was immediately moved to integrate what she learned into her curriculum.
“The first effect of the training was to open my eyes to better understand the diversity of Muslim Americans,” Sara says.
Her students are already learning much-needed facts about Muslims. “In my World Religions unit in World History, we took time to look at numbers of Muslims in different places around the world,” Sara says. “We emphasized their diversity, from all walks of life, socioeconomic levels, and worship practices.”
Without ISPU’s training, educators like Sara would have missed crucial facts that mold their curriculums and inform their students. “I have integrated a few concepts specifically into the curriculum, but have much more to do,” she says.