R.E. Road Map is divided into 9 sections covering all the major aspects of a religious education program: The Larger Picture, Vision, Beginning Well, Organizing, Programming, Teacher Development, Worship, The Professional Religious Educator, and Self-Care for the Religious Educator.
Each section begins with a short connection to a principle–why is this particular content important? The ensuing pages contain information, sample pages and forms to use as springboards for creating your own, pages collected from a variety of sources that may be copied or used without editing, a bibliography of resources, and reflection questions for you to delve more deeply into the material and how it impacts your work.
A few of the topics that are covered:
Independently produced UU resources; Singable hymns for children; Honoring volunteers; Classroom methods; Complete curricula listings; Anti-oppression assessment; Recruiting teachers; Sample RE staff job descriptions and contracts; Quotes about teaching; Youth behavior agreement; Professional expenses for religious educators; Organizing time, files, space; Safe congregations; RE professional’s reading list; Sample RE philosophy statements; Children’s developmental needs; Working within conflict; Flaming chalice history; Great ideas for youth groups; Free online curricula; Smooth-functioning RE Committees; Being in right relationship with the minister; Religious educator’s self care; Sample curriculum plans; Multigenerational justice activism; RE program evaluation; Children’s worship; UU Principles and Sources storybooks; Leadership during change and conflict; Covenanting for excellence in religious education; Print and website resources; Leadership opportunities for children; Coming of Age programming; Being inclusive of youth; RE Credentialing program; Being a religious professional; Lots of teacher resources; New models of RE programming; Honoring rites of passage; Family ministry; Anti-oppression in the classroom and the church; Different learning styles; Contemporary worship; Youth advisors; Helping children appreciate diversity and tolerance