About the Project
Developing the Oral Histories for This is Where I Need to Be
Introduced to the methods of oral history by a team of collaborating teachers at Teachers College, a dozen Muslim teenagers set out to document the real-life experiences and feelings of their Muslim peers in New York City high schools. The result is a compelling collection of twenty-three oral histories. These are voices of teenagers living ordinary lives at a time when being Muslim in America can provoke “extraordinary” reactions from classmates and teachers, from friends and strangers, and even from one's own family and kin. Whatever you think you know about Muslims in America, these stories rise above news-cycle stereotypes and open a personal window onto what it means to be young and Muslim.
The Curriculum Guide
Rather than imposing a rigid age or grade structure on these materials, we have designed this curriculum guide to accommodate a wide range of student interests and capabilities. We encourage you to adapt the materials according to the needs, interests, and capabilities of your classes. After all, no one knows your students better than you do.
Curriculum Consultants: Uzma Akhand, Naazish YarKhan
Student Press Initiative
Teachers College, Columbia University
The Student Press Initiative is designed to develop, foster, and promote writing across the curriculum through student publication. What makes SPI’s publishing program unique is its emphasis on professional development and curricular support of teachers in its partnering schools.
Founding Director, Student Press Initiative: Erick Gordon
Director of Programs, Student Press Initiative: Kerry McKibbin
Director of Production/Layout and Design: Jim Fenner
The Research Study
Muslim Youth in NYC Public Schools Study
The genesis for This is Where I need to Be came from the research study, which was directed by Dr. Louis Cristillo, from the Teachers College, Columbia University. With generous funding from the Ford Foundation, the Muslim Youth in NYC Public Schools Study is the first of its kind to represent the views of Muslim teens in a major American city.
Dr. Louis Cristillo
Research Assistant Professor
Dept. of International and Transcultural Studies
Tel: (212) 678-6623
Fax: (212) 678-8237