Concept Paper

Concept Paper in Preparation for White Paper: To prepare for the development of the White Paper, each student will write a Concept Paper of about 500 words in which s/he discusses his/her topic briefly, includes a description of the practical issues raised in schools and communities, and provides some evidence of the research s/he has conducted about the topic by using references and citing court cases and policy. The purpose of this assignment is two-fold: 1) to assure that each student is on firm footing as s/he begins the assignment and 2) to provide a writing sample for which the instructor can provide feedback. The Concept Paper should conform to the style specifications of the APA Publication Manual (6th Ed.).


Each student will choose an issue about religion and education that has been contested throughout history. The student will prepare a discussion and analysis of the issue s/he has chosen in the form of a white paper. The white paper will provide sufficient background and information about the issue and policy and practice recommendations for school leaders, district administrators, and policymakers. Each student will also prepare his/her analysis as a multimedia presentation that will be mounted to CANVAS to benefit the learning of all classmates.

The White Paper’s text should be 5000 to 7500 words in length (approximately 25 – 30 pages), not including references, appendices, or front matter, and should conform to the style specifications of the APA Publication Manual (6th Ed.). The white paper should include approximately 20 references. Students have considerable latitude over the form of the multimedia project.



Many communities and their schools hold traditional values about religion that are challenged by the increasingly diverse, multicultural society in which we live.

  1. What issues arise in schools that point out the tensions between the traditional perspective and the multicultural perspective? (you might need to narrow this to keep the list reasonable)
  2. What factual, legal, and cultural learning must occur in order to ease these tensions?
  3. What can school leaders do to shape the school’s culture to be more accepting, tolerant, responsive to diverse, multicultural ideas and circumstances?