Vol. 28 No. 1 Spring 2001
Susan L. Douglass, Principal Writer and Researcher for the
Council on Islamic Education, is author of the study Teaching About Religion
in National and State Social Studies Standards discussed in this article.
She works in the fields of social studies curriculum, instructional design, and
textbook review. Publications include Strategies and Structures for
Presenting World History (Amana Publications,1994), articles, a number of
teaching resources available through www.cie.org, and a series of supplementary
units on Islam and Muslim culture for grades K-6.
Scott Ellis Ferrin
is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Foundations and an
Adjunct Professor of Law at Brigham Young University. He is also the Faculty
Advisor to the Brigham Young University Journal of Education and Law, a
national peer-reviewed law review on legal and policy issues in education. He
received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from BYU and his M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees from
Harvard University. He teaches and researches on school law and related
constitutional issues. His current research interests include language policy in
education, church and state issues internationally; constitutional issues that
affect schools; political aspects of education; and the role of in-house
lobbyists in higher education.
David L. Gregory, a graduate of the Yale Law School, is an active
labor arbitrator and mediator. He has taught labor and constitutional law at the
St. John's University School of Law in New York City since 1982.
Linda Lantieri is a former Fulbright scholar and an
internationally known keynote speaker with over thirty years of experience as an
elementary school teacher, middle school administrator, and university
professor. Currently she is the director of one of the country's largest
research-based K-12 programs in social and emotional learning, the Resolving
Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), an effort of Educators for Social
Responsibility (See these websites: www.esrnational.org
and www.casel.org). She
has been a senior scholar at the Fetzer Institute, serves in a leadership
capacity for the Collaborative to Advance Social and Emotional Learning, and is
the coauthor, with Janet Patti, of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Boston:
Beacon Press, 1996).
an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and
Foundations at Brigham Young University, received the Ph.D. in the Cultural
Foundations of Education from the University of Utah (1997). His research
revolves around the psycho-spiritual dimensions of the teacher's sense of
calling. He has just completed a book, Teaching the Mysteries (and the
Mysteries of Teaching), which examines spiritually grounded teaching from a
wide variety of religious and cultural perspectives.
Robert J. Nash is in his 33rd year as Professor of Integrated
Professional Studies at the University of Vermont, Burlington. His appointment
crosses a number of areas, including Higher Education Administration,
Foundations of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies, and he teaches such
courses as philosophy of education, character education, applied ethics, and
religion, spirituality, and education. Trained as a philosopher of education,
Nash has written over 100 articles, chapters, and monographs for major
professional journals. He is also the author, most recently, of four books in
five years, including two on religion and education that relate directly to the
content in his article.
Charles J. Russo is Professor of Education in the Department of
Educational Leadership and Adjunct Professor in the School of Law at the
University of Dayton. He received a B.A. in1972 at St. John's University, an M.
Div. in 1978 from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, a J.D. in 1983 from
St. John's University and an Ed.D. in 1989 from St. John's University. A past
president of the Education Law Association, he has taught primarily education
law since beginning his full-time career in higher education in 1989.
Iris M. Yob is currently the Academic Coordinator at Ralph A.
Collins Living-Learning Center, Indiana University, Bloomington. She has written
on topics in philosophy of education, religious education, arts education, and
women's studies. She is author of Keys to Teaching Children About God
(1996), Keys to Interfaith Parenting (1998) and an ebook, Frequently
Asked Questions about Interfaith Parenting (MightWords.com, 2001). She has
appeared as the guest on radio talk shows (Wisconsin Public Radio and National
Public Radio) talking about interfaith religious education.