(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/31/19)– The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in partnership with The Religious Freedom Center and America Indivisible, today released a white paper outlining the best practices to stop anti-Muslim bullying and bias in public schools.
At a closed-door symposium with leading national experts and practitioners dealing with the problem of anti-Muslim bullying, CAIR and its partners identified shortcomings in the current state of practice and research and agreed on best practices that can help communities, families and teachers overcome the challenge of Islamophobia in public schools.
Participants called for greater integration of Islamophobia awareness in schools, review and enhancement of curriculum, teacher and staff training, and more resources for research. The white paper, "Bias and Bullying in Public Schools," which summarizes the conclusions of the symposium, provides stakeholders with much needed information, tools, and resources for those invested in making schools a safe and hate-free environment for children of all backgrounds.
CAIR’s white paper marked the final day of National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month with the release of anti-bullying best practices for Muslim parents and students.
SEE: CAIR White Paper
“CAIR’s guide, ’Bias and Bullying,’ details some of the most current ideas surrounding the challenges that stem from anti-Muslim bigotry and ignorance that our students, families, and schools face,” said National Research and Advocacy Manager Zainab Arain.“We hope that this report will help strengthen the national conversation and make our communities safer for children of all backgrounds and religions."
This paper summarizes the key themes and findings that emerged in the symposium and identifies proposed actions to help advance the national conversation. Resulting recommendations include:
- Empower Youth — Student involvement in anti- bullying measures is critical. They must be included in decision-making and problem-solving spaces and be a central part of conversations around student experiences and consequences for harmful behavior.
- Learn to Listen — Teachers should be equipped to facilitate student conversations on identity development through training in social and emotional learning.
- Bring the Experts —Incorporate current scholarship in the classroom. Schools should invite academically certified content specialists to conduct workshops, develop curriculum in conjunction with teachers, and offer age- appropriate resources for classroom use.
CAIR offers anti-bullying and bystander intervention workshops, as well as a free guide to explain relevant Muslim religious practices to educators.
SEE: Guides to Muslim Religious Practices
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR Research and Advocacy Manager Zainab Arain, 202-742-6410, firstname.lastname@example.org; CAIR National Communications Coordinator Ayan Ajeen, 202-774-0770, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org