Beyond Belief

For Educators

This page is dedicated to giving teachers the resources they need for sharing BEYOND BELIEF with with their students in the most meaningful way possible. “Teaching BEYOND BELIEF” is a standards-based Study, Screening and Action Guide written by Columbia University Teachers College that is appropriate for Grades 7-16.

A grant from Mass Humanities made it possible for us to develop online materials and hold several professional development workshops.
If you are interested in hosting a PD workshop, or learning from someone who has attended one of ours, please contact

Mass Humanities “A Commonwealth of Ideas

Download the Guide here.

Special video modules are also available streaming on Vimeo or via Dropbox download:

Choosing Hope – Teaching Module #1

This 10-minute Teaching Module from the film BEYOND BELIEF focuses on the choice two women make after their husbands are killed on September 11th. They choose action over indifference, tolerance over hate, hope over despair. Susan Retik and Patti Quigley believe that by forging meaning connections with the women of Afghanistan, they are fighting terrorism and building peace… one woman at a time. They start an organization to help Afghan war widows and rebuild their own lives in the process. It is a story of post-traumatic growth, compassion and healing.

View it on Vimeo.
Dropbox download.

The Women Under the Burqa – Teaching Module #2

This 10-minute Teaching Module from the film BEYOND BELIEF focuses on understanding the lives of Afghan widows who are highly vulnerable and trapped in an ever-deepening cycle of extreme poverty and helplessness. Hear from the Afghan women themselves as they shed light on the roles of education, empowerment and friendship in creating lasting social change.

View it on Vimeo.
Dropbox download.

“This film and its study guide will move your students to talk about and understand the history of America and Afghanistan at war, through the lens of war widows, children, and civil society. The message that “this whole world is ours, we are all connected, we are all responsible for making our world better” becomes the message, and the undertaking, of all women survivors.”

Ambassador Swanee Hunt
Kennedy School, Harvard University

“I can think of few more appropriate ways to learn about 9/11, focusing not on the horror of the event itself, which may not be the most appropriate approach for young people, but learning about the event more tangentially, through the choices of people who were directly affected by the tragedy.”

Haley Wood
Senior Program Officer, Mass Humanities

For more information about the impact of BEYOND BELIEF’s education and outreach campaign, please visit our Impact Site.