Understanding Religious Freedom in Public Schools

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Understanding Religious Freedom in Public Schools

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Featured instructor: Connie Ryan leads the statewide Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, where she has been the Executive Director since 2002. She is a well-known voice in Iowa’s public square, protecting faith and freedom in Iowa and challenging progressive people of faith and goodwill to actively shape the state’s public debate on issues of religious freedom, equality, civility, and justice. Connie is frequently sought out by Iowa’s media and community groups to create dialogue and address issues at the intersection of faith and politics.

Course Description: Prayer in school. War on Religion. Students gathering at the flagpole. Parents’ rights and parental choice. Banning books. Church music in public school concerts. Evolution vs. creationism. 

All are subjects bantered about in relationship to public schools and religious freedom. Do the religious freedom rights of a student or family trump the rights of other students? What is the role of the school, administrator or teacher when a student’s religious freedom comes into question? What is valid or not? Is a teacher protected by his or her religious freedom in teaching or refusing to teach a subject matter?

The course will help to define religious freedom and its intersection with public education in a variety of situations.  The course will offer resources for teachers to understand the legal and ethical parameters around religious freedom and public education.  Additionally, the course will provide tools to use in the classroom to encourage positive conversation on religious freedom, its history and meaning in the United States. 

Click here to view the entire course syllabus.

This course is one credit.  

Upcoming sections:
May 28, 2017 - June 17, 2017
July 9, 2017 - July 29, 2017
August 20, 2017 - September 9, 2017
November 5, 2017 - November 25, 2017

Course Fees: (Now through May 1--Rainy Day Sale: Save 40% off License Renewal and $25 off Grad Credit! Prices reflect discount, no code needed)

License Renewal (ISEA member) - $51
License Renewal (non-ISEA) - $78
Para credit - $51
Graduate Credit (ISEA member) - $135
Graduate Credit (non-ISEA) - $215
Audit - $35

If you have any questions or would like to pay with a check, please contact academy@iowasafeschools.org or call 515.471.8024.

Graduate Credit Policy
Participants are limited to 12 graduate credits per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) from Drake University.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
All course cancellations or requests to change credit type must be received in writing or electronically at least fourteen days prior to the class start date. All refunds requested before this deadline will be subject to a $40 cancellation fee. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after this deadline, however, we can move you to a future session of the same course if possible. Iowa Safe Schools and ISEA reserve the right to cancel any course in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be issued. Cancelled courses may be rescheduled at a later date.

Transcripts: 
Please allow up to two to three weeks for transcripts to be processed following a course end date.  License renewal and paraeducator credit transcripts are available at https://www.iseatranscripts.org following a course's completion.  This transcript will represent all classes taken through ISEA over the past several years.  Drake Graduate transcripts may take longer to receive and will be sent directly to the individual. 

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