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School Advocacy Hub

Ensure better learning experiences for Muslim students.  

Most Muslim students attend public schools, where they are educated and prepared to be active American citizens. In public schools, Muslim students often have to advocate for the right to observe their religious beliefs. 

 

Additionally, years of research from across the country indicate that Muslim students consistently face the highest rates of faith-based bullying and harassment from adults and peers in schools. As a result, Muslim students indicate feeling unsafe at school, which is correlated with negative academic, behavioral, social, and mental health outcomes.*  

Muslim parents and communities must work with schools to ensure that Muslim youth feel safe and supported as they learn to navigate their identities and stay true to their beliefs.  

This resource hub provides easy access to tools that AMAC and Muslim organizations across the country have created to support Muslim students in their schools.

*Research found in Institute for Social Progress and Understanding's American Muslim Poll (2022) and the Islamic Network Group's Bullying Prevention Guide

Know Your Rights

In the state of Tennessee, children between the ages of six and 17 are legally required to attend school. Even though schooling is mandatory, students and legal guardians maintain rights, including in public schools. 

Click on the buttons below to know your rights as students and parents.

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Muslim students have rights. 

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Muslim parents and guardians have rights. 

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Know Your Rights

Curriculum Resources

Over the years, AMAC has responded to numerous concerns about Islamophobic curriculum materials used in classrooms to teach about Islam and Muslims. The resources below were created to help educators use unbiased, accurate, and authentic literature to teach students about Islam and Muslims. 

Curriculum guide to help educators select and teach with literature about Muslims

 

This resource includes tips on identifying Islamophobia in curriculum materials, facilitating student discussions and learning about Islam and Muslims, and access to a list of books that have been recommended by Muslim librarians, readers, and educators.  

Click here to access AMAC's curriculum guide.

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Book recommendations for children and young adults featuring Muslim stories

 

Most of these books are written by Muslim authors and authentic to experiences of Muslim communities across North America and the world.

 

Note: This list is not all-inclusive. Also, these books have Muslim characters, but are not Islamic books selected or intended to provide religious guidance or teachings. 

 

Click here to access AMAC's Literature Recommendations.

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AMAC's campaign to make sure Muslim youth have access to positive representation in their schools and public libraries.  

 

Select a book off this list and AMAC will make sure it is delivered to a library or school where it is needed! If you have a specific school or library you would like to donate to, please let us know in your gift note. 

 

Click here to donate to AMAC's Amazon Wishlist.

Curriculum Resource

Letters for Religious Accommodation and Exemption

Throughout the school year, AMAC provides students with letters to help request religious accommodations from school policies. Download the letters below and share with your school as needed. 

Additionally, here is a resource created by CAIR to help explain Islamic religious practices to educators. 

Note: Letters for Ramadan and Eid will be updated within at least week of the holiday start date. 

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Last Updated: 9/13/2023

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Last Updated: 3/3/2023

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Last Updated: 4/16/2023

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Last Updated: 6/23/2023

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Religious Exemption

Bullying Resources

Reports find that 48% to 80% of Muslim youth have experienced faith-based bullying and harassment — higher rates than any other faith group. These bullying prevention resources are from Muslim American experts across the country, but can be beneficial to families across Tennessee.

AMAC does not claim responsibility or credibility for the content linked below.

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Family Youth Institute (FYI)

Bullying Prevention Toolkit

Includes resources to understand the impacts of bullying on Muslim youth and has information for parents and communities to talk about and respond to bullying. 

View the toolkit.

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Islamic Networks Group (ING)

Bullying Prevention Guide

Explains bullying, how to prevent bullying, and tips to identify and respond to bullying in schools and mosques. 

View the guide.

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Institute for Social Policy and Understanding

Educators Toolkit

Includes resources to help educators identify and respond to faith-based bullying of American Muslim children.   

View the toolkit.

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Council of American-Islamic Relations - Massachusetts

Bullying Report of Massachusetts Muslim Youth

Includes research on the experiences of Muslim youth, as well as ways to  respond through legal and school action in Massachusetts. 

View the report.

Bullying Resource
Youth Mental Health

Youth Mental Health Resources

AMAC has created a page dedicated to youth mental health resources from Muslim organizations across the country. This page contains phone hotlines and online resources for youth, as well as tools to support parents, guardians, and other adults in the community that work with youth. 

AMAC does not claim responsibility or credibility for the content.

Visit AMAC's compilation of youth mental health resources.

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