As the school year begins and we have the priviledge of working with children from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, it is essential that we work to create inclusive and welcoming learning communities. An important part of this work, particularly in public schools, is a committment to secularism in our teaching, and to respecting the diverse religious and non-religious beliefs of our children and their families, both in priniciple and in practice.
Secularism maintains a separation beetween state and religious institutions and recognizes religious equlity before the law. Secularism invites students to bring their own belief system to the educational experience, and in teaching yoga and mindfulness we can meaningfully support students in this exploration without promoting any particular religious or spiritual beliefs.
Join LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper, with special guest Catherine Cook-Cottone, Univerity of Buffalo Professor and founder of Yogis in Service, to explore guiding questions to reflect on as you work to ensure secularity in your teaching, and create a welcoming environment where everyone can feel safe and included.