Summer Institute

RLP Summer Institute

Each summer, the Religious Literacy Project offers a five-day institute at Harvard for educators.

July 13-17, 2020, on Harvard's campus.

Before starting your application please read more about the summer institute and application process.

Link to the application for the 2020 Summer Institute

The deadline to apply has been extended to March 30, 2020.

COVID-19 UPDATE: In light of the many disruptions caused by the novel coronavirus, we are extending the deadline to apply for the Summer Institute to March 30, 2020. We do not yet know if the coronavirus will still prohibit travel and large gatherings in July. We hope it will not, but we will continue to monitor the situation. In the event that we cannot gather in Cambridge for the Summer Institute, we will offer online alternatives, including live Zoom sessions during the week of July 13-17th. We will make the decision to gather in person or online by May 15th.

The Institute is open to educators teaching at the middle school, high school, and community college levels in any discipline.This training introduces educators to a powerful set of specific methods and frameworks that will enable them to teach about religion in pedagogically rich and constitutionally sound ways.

Participants use teaching resources developed by the Religious Literacy Project, and engage in on-site lesson planning in collaboration with peers. We focus on teaching content that is already embedded in teachers’ current curricula, including courses such as history or literature courses, in addition to courses in world religions.

The mission of the Religious Literacy Project is to enhance and promote the public understanding of religion. We train educators and other professionals to recognize the complex religious influences that are critical to understanding modern human affairs. Rather than learning about religion as an isolated set of beliefs and practices, we train teachers in the ability to discern and analyze the fundamental intersections of religion and social/political/cultural life through multiple disciplinary lenses. We believe this work is critical for the larger project of education for engaged and informed democratic citizenship. Learn more about our approach.

Thanks to a generous gift from the Once Here Foundation, the Institute is free of charge. Funding is also available for travel within the U.S. and accommodations for institute participants.


What teachers say about the Summer Institute

“I have taken a lot of PD over the years and this workshop hit me at my core, in my heart almost. I was challenged academically, pedagogically, and intellectually AND I felt the importance of this work from a moral stance, something that initially drew me to teaching but perhaps has waned over the last 13 years. I really appreciated that I felt a renewed spark for my craft and profession. Thank you.”

“Thank you for giving me even more reason to be a voice for peace, empathy and compassion in the classroom. I plan to introduce the method almost in its entirety. I think the four tenets or assumptions regarding religion (internally diverse, etc.) are significant and accessible to students. Galtung has given me a new way to think of religion in terms of the themes of power, violence, and peace, which I intend to thread and revisit throughout my course.”

"The most beneficial, positive, and transformational educational experience in my time as a teacher.”

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