Professional Development

Teacher Training

IRCV regularly provides workshops and presentations for pre-service and in-service K-12 educators. IRCV shares information about the guidelines for teaching about religion developed through consensus by the First Amendment Center, and explores the evolution of national and state standards in world history. Presenters also facilitate discussions on world history scholarship, teaching resources, and school policies on religious accommodation for students. Teachers share their experiences and gain new insights regarding how to teach more fairly and accurately about world religions.

Pastoral Training

IRCV periodically conducts workshops for pastors and other faith leaders. Presenters help leaders reflect on the evolving American religious landscape, and consider the real world application of the First Amendment’s religious freedom clause for collective life. Faith leaders are empowered to go beyond parochial concerns to engage other faith communities cooperatively and to embrace the civic framework that ensures a place for religious voices in the public square.

Media Training

IRCV occasionally provides workshops and presentations to journalists and editors. IRCV helps media professionals consider how world religion stories are framed in mainstream coverage, and develop new angles and stories. IRCV also provides information to supplement or amend style sheets and references used by writers and editors. IRCV shares information about the guidelines for teaching about religion in education so that journalists can refine their own practices within the standards of their profession.

CIE/IRCV has conducted workshops reaching over 20,000 teachers to date.


  • Dept. of Education, California State University, Long Beach
  • Dept. of Education, California State University, Fullerton
  • California Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Chapman University, Orange CA
  • National University, Irvine, CA
  • Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
  • University of California, Irvine
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Duke University, Durham, NC
  • University of Texas, Austin


  • Orange County Department of Education
  • Fullerton International Resources for Schools and Teachers (FIRST)
  • California 3Rs Project (Rights, Responsibilities, Respect)
  • Dar al Islam Summer Institutes, Abiquiu, NM


  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
  • California Council for the Social Studies (CCSS)
  • Georgia Council for the Social Studies (GCSS)
  • Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS)
  • Southeast Region Middle East and Islamic Studies Seminar (SERMEISS)


  • Los Angeles Unified School District, CA
  • Long Beach Unified School District, CA
  • Garden Grove Unified School District, CA
  • Montebello Unified School District, CA
  • Durham Unified School District, Durham, NC
  • Ohio Public Schools, Columbus, OH

20 year of Educating Religious Freedom & Mutual Respect