California 3Rs Leadership
California’s Diversity: Past and Present - Lessons for the Fair Education Act of 2011
Harassment, Bullying and Free Expression: Guidelines for Free and Safe Public Schools
This document was written by CA3Rs Project staff to assist school districts in beginning the process of setting up policy to implement SB48. It is based on similar consensus documents written earlier by the First Amendment Center under the leadership of Charles Haynes, Senior Scholar at the First Amendment Center and Wayne Jacobsen, Director of BridgeBuilders.
SB48 Doesn’t Have to Tear Your District Apart
ADL addresses the proper role of religion in the public schools by providing an online handbook on the key issues. ADL also has resources for schools on bullying prevention and a new offering developed in collaboration with GLSEN and StoryCorps related to LGBT issues that high schools may want to review as they implement SB48.
The Bully by Paul Langdon Student Guide
Teaching Tolerance program works to foster school environments that are inclusive and nurturing and classrooms where equality and justice are not just taught, but lived. Bullied is a 40-minute documentary film that chronicles one student’s ordeal at the hands of anti-gay bullies and offers an inspiring message of hope to those fighting harassment today. It can become a cornerstone of anti-bullying efforts in middle and high schools.
The film BULLY follows stories of five children and families who are affected deeply by bullying within the course of the school year. With intimate glimpses of the homes, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals’ offices, the film gives insight into the lives of bullied, ridiculed children. The Guide, developed by Facing History and Ourselves, offers ideas and suggestions for film viewing, discussion, and responsive action.
Face to Faith brings students of different religions and cultures together using digital technology to connect schools in 17 countries.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Civic Action Project (CAP) is a project-based learning model for civics and government courses. It offers a practicum for high school students in effective and engaged citizenship and uses blended learning to engage students in civic activities both in and out of the traditional U.S. government classroom. By using web-based technology and civics-based instruction and activities, students exercise important 21st century skills in digital literacy, critical thinking, collaboration, self-direction, and learning to be an engaged, effective citizen in a democracy.
Written by Charles Haynes and Oliver Thomas, this online book provides scholarly overviews and reprints of consensus documents on the following topics:
This section of the First Amendment Center website provides legal and scholarly research articles along with consensus documents as available on the following topics:
Public Schools and Religious Communities
At the Religious Freedom Education Project directed at the Newseum find the latest religiously liberty news, consensus publications, and notice of programs on current hot topics.
Charles Haynes News Clips and Commentaries on the First Amendment
Teacher Leader Presentations
This site was created by Christopher J. Valin, a California Three Rs Project teacher-leader, as a resource for teachers in K-12 schools on church-state separation. The site includes a historical background, print and digital sources, summaries of key court cases, and hypothetical case studies of religious issues in the classroom.
This scholarly but highly readable booklet by the American Academy of Religions provides guidelines and examples of how to teach about religion in public schools.
The Pluralism Project at Harvard University
In this 36-page document a diverse set of religious leaders and First Amendment scholars examine how the law applies to religious expression in American public life. Though the drafters of this document often disagreed about how the law should address issues regarding the intersection of religion and government, they come together to provide a summary of how the law currently answers some basic questions regarding religious expression and practice in public life.
Adapted for Schools by the California 3 Rs Project, this powerpoint selects and explains parts of the Religious Expression in American Public Life document that directly relate to public schools.
Religion and Public Education Resource Center
This PBS website is a rich resource of interviews on religiously related topics and video clips of religious practice by a wide ranging groups of believers across America.
The Pew Forum conducts surveys, demographic analyses and other social science research on important aspects of religion and public life in the U.S. and around the world. It also provides a neutral venue for discussions of timely issues through roundtables and briefings.
Since it was founded in 1981 Americans for Religious Liberty has be a spokesman for separation of church and state as the indispensable guarantor of religious and intellectual freedom, religiously neutral democratic public education, and individual freedom of conscience.
This site provides background information and classroom materials related to teaching about religion in public schools in support of pluralism, acknowledging that public schools are for students of all worldviews, whether religious or nonreligious, and that public school teachers, as professionals, need to exercise a scrupulous neutrality regarding religion.
Find current event lessons, the founding documents, and other resources to teach about the Bill of Rights.
This site has a wealth of resource and lesson material on the constitution and constitutional aspects of controversial issues.
The Center for Civic Education’s curricula includes We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution; Project Citizen; the School Violence Prevention Demonstration Program; Representative Democracy in America; Citizens, Not Spectators; and Foundations of Democracy. In addition to the curriculum above, the Center also provides a variety of free, downloadable curricular resources for teachers.
Among other resources this site has links to religious liberty related court decisions, a huge list of primary sources, and much more.
The Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice enforces a wide range of laws protecting religious liberty. This website provides information about these laws and examples of the types of cases brought by the Civil Rights Division.
The mission of the First Freedom Center is to advance the fundamental human rights of freedom of religion and freedom of conscience. The site has primary documents, a few lesson plans, and instructions for a student competition.
National School Boards Association – School Law Issues
These lessons address constitutional principles and contemporary issues involving the First Amendment. They draw students into an exploration of how their freedoms began and how they operate in today's world. Students discuss just how far individual rights extend, examining rights in the school environment and public places.
This site from the University of Missouri Kansas City explores some of the great issues and controversies that surround the US Constitution including a look at cases related to the First Amendment. Exploring Constitutional Law was created for use by law students.
This site has teacher lesson resources on George Washington’s Letter to the Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island. There are also documents and background information related to many other religious groups whom he addressed in support of religious liberty.
This site has much more than religion related topics but instead demonstrates how religious liberty is integral to the study of the Constitution.
This highly respected agency provides educational resources on a wide range of issues including religious liberty. Of particular interest is the support material they created for the documentary Bully.
The goal of this site is to present classroom usable arguments from both sides of controversial issues related to public policy, many of them with religious connections or implications.
he stated goal of this website is to provide a study of the world's religions will lead to an understanding of religious diversity that has the potential for increasing interfaith dialogue and greater peace among faith groups and nations. It is a site frequently sited in scholarly articles on specific religions.