Religious Freedom Center > Equipping Schools
The Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute is a nonpartisan national initiative focused on educating the American public about the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment. We envision a world committed to religious freedom as an inalienable right for all people. The mission of the Religious Freedom Center is twofold: to educate the public about the history, meaning and significance of religious freedom and to promote dialogue and understanding among people of all religions and none.
Unfortunately, many educators and school administrators receive little or no civic education about the history and significance of the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment. As a result, many Americans are misled about the constitutional role of religion in public life, confused about the meaning of church-state separation, and uncertain about the limits of the free exercise of religion.
To address this gap in preparation for education leadership, the Religious Freedom Center is currently partnering with schools of education in developing accredited courses designed to teach the principles of rights, responsibility and respect that flow from the religious liberty clauses of the First Amendment. By applying this constitutional framework, educators and community stakeholders will be able to forge a shared understanding of the place of religion in public life and work together to sustain America’s bold experiment in living with our deepest differences.
Educators and community stakeholders—teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, community leaders—are uniquely positioned to help cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry.
The Religious Freedom Center carries out its mission through five initiatives: educating leaders, promoting civil dialogue, engaging the public, equipping schools and publishing religious liberty scholarship.
We offer blended learning courses that combine online and onsite programs to prepare educators and stakeholders in public schools to become constitutional and human rights specialists on issues of religion and public life.