Project Interfaith's RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum - Facilitator Manual

It’s a diverse world out there. Many of us struggle to find open, respectful ways to explore and talk about our identities and differences. The RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum seeks to change that by providing an interactive, multimedia experience that will build critical thinking, self-reflection, and conversation skills while exploring the tapestry of religious and spiritual identities that make up our communities and world. The RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum uses video content from along with pre and post video viewing activities to engage users in thoughtful reflection and discussion on six thematic units: Identity, Values, Stereotypes, Context and Culture, Creating a Welcoming Community, and Weaving It All Together. In addition, the RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum contains pre and post use self-assessments that allow users to observe shifts that have occurred in their comfort levels, attitudes and behaviors related to discussing topics of religion, spirituality, culture and identity as a result of using this curriculum.

The curriculum can be used in a wide variety of learning communities, adult education courses, and groups.

Two separate publications comprise the RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum: 1) the RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum - Facilitator Manual and 2) the RavelUnravel Adult Education - Participant Workbook and Resource Guide. PDFs of each publication can be purchased from the Project Interfaith website and are compatible with mobile devices including tablets, laptops and smart phones as well as with desktop computers.

RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum Learning Outcomes:
Users will:
• Gain an understanding of the many religious and spiritual identities of individuals in the U.S. and in the world;
• Appreciate the diversity of experiences, cultures, and perspectives that exists within a religious or spiritual identity group;
• Increase their abilities to recognize, discuss, and challenge religious and spiritual stereotypes;
• Connect with credible educational resources about religions and belief systems;
• Build critical thinking and conversation skills necessary to openly and respectfully share, learn, and discuss religious, spiritual, and cultural identity and other topics of a personal and sensitive nature;
• Identify concrete strategies to make a space welcoming for people of all faiths, beliefs, and cultures.

The RavelUnravel Adult Education Instructor Manual contains:
• Learning goals and outcomes
• Tools and resources for assessing student learning
• Ground rules and definitions for guiding learning and conversations
• Six thematic units (Identity, Values, Stereotypes, Context & Culture, Creating a Welcoming Space, and Weaving It All Together) with links to relevant videos from
• Pre and post video viewing activities and discussion guides to build skills and knowledge
• Access to an online Instructor Forum containing helpful tips and resources from peers and experts
• A copy of the supplementary RavelUnravel Adult Education Curriculum Participant Workbook and Resource Guide as well as notes for how to use this tool to maximize student learning.

Note: Participants will need to purchase their own copy of the Participant Workbook and Resource Guide.

Project Interfaith’s is an educational site with currently more than 900 short video interviews of individuals answering 3 questions: 1) What is your religious or spiritual identity and why do you identify as such? 2) What is a stereotype that impacts you because of your religious or spiritual identity? 3) Have you found your community to be welcoming of your chosen religious or spiritual path? Why or why not?

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