Teaching Unity Guide Receives an Independent Publisher Magazine Notable Award

TU front cover - 118 kb (2)Dr. Randie Gottlieb’s Teaching Unity: We Can All Get Along—a Guide for Parents and Teachers with Learning Activities for Ages 8–12 (published by UnityWorks) has been honored with an IP Notable Award by Independent Publisher Magazine. The 2013 award was in the category of education and parenting. The IP Magazine said that Teaching Unity is as important for education “‘as the ABCs and the 123s,’ adding that the work was “chosen for exhibiting superior levels of creativity, originality, and production quality.’” 

Based on the Bahá’í principle of the oneness of humankind and aimed at eight to twelve year olds, the 300-page guide, which is available from the Bahá’í Distribution Service and Amazon.com, contains step-by-step lesson plans; ready-to-copy student handouts; discussion starters; felt lessons, readings, puzzles, demonstrations; research projects, songs, skits, and worksheets; a mini-opera, crafts, and outdoor games; and plans for organizing a week-long Unity Camp. In addition, those who purchase the guide have access via downloads to four PowerPoint shows, printable student handouts, and a collection of color photographs that accompany the lessons.

Elementary school teachers, parents, scout masters, camp counselors, and home schoolers have all found the guide extremely useful. It works in academic classes, after-school clubs, Saturday or Sunday schools, weekend retreats, and summer camps.

Teaching Unity is now being used by educators in over fifteen countries, including Australia, Cambodia, Canada, China, England, Ghana, Greece, Haiti, Lesotho, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Niger, Russia, Tonga, Uganda, and Zambia, as well as in dozens of states in the United States and on several tribal reservations. In Shanghai, the book is being used by over eight thousand public school children as part of the World Ambassador Program.

Reviews and testimonials about Teaching Unity abound (see http://teachingunity.com/reviews/  and http://teachingunity.com/testimonials/). Two educators who are Bahá’ís have added their accolades. Dr. Kurt Hein wrote: “I have taught all levels, from pre-school to graduate school, and have conducted educational research in more than 30 countries. This is an outstanding book for all teachers/educators.” Dr. Donald Streets added: “This [unity] should be the overarching ideal that all social institutions, especially schools and family, should strive to ‘gain a clearer apprehension of’ and attempt to exemplify.” An eleven-year-old student wrote that “A human being cannot describe how much you guys did for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.” Dr. Stephanie Eijsink, a physician at the East Texas Medical Center, noted “That this book has more great ideas on one page than some books do in the whole volume!”

Dr. Randie Gottlieb, who holds degrees in education from Cal State, Boston University, and Harvard University, is the head of UnityWorks, an international diversity training firm; co-founder of the Mona Foundation, which supports grassroots educational development worldwide; and adjunct professor of multicultural education at Heritage University on the Yakama Nation Reservation. Among Gottleib’s other publications are Bahá’í Public Speaking: Teacher’s Guide as well as a series of teacher’s guides: God and the Universe, The Manifestation of God, The Bab: Gate to Bahá’u’lláh, Bahá’u’lláh: The Glory of God, and The Power of Unity. For additional information about UnityWorks, see http://teachingunity.com/