Susan Steinmiller

The IRI awarded the 2019 Rabbi Herman E. Schaalman Interreligious Leadership Award to Susan Steinmiller. Steinmiller is an MDiv student at CTS starting a new chapter in her life after 37 years as a school teacher. As an educator, she was recognized for her innovative and dedicated teaching style. Her winning project will develop a workshop for educators in Chicago Public Schools to provide instructors with deepened interfaith and interreligious training, tools, and lenses. The two-day workshop provides high school educators with information, links, contacts, and manipulatives they can then employ in their classrooms. Recognizing the limited resources currently available to educators, and the ways curricula are often tainted with a lens of Christian normativity, this approach seeks to enrich students by enriching teachers. The workshop will be offered in the spring of 2019 with a goal of enrolling 40 high school instructors.