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FAIR Education Act

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The FAIR Education Act 2011

Passed in order to ensure "a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbians, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups" (Ed. Code Section 51204.5,​) in the development of California and United States history.

What curriculum does the FAIR Education Act include?

  1. History/Social Science Curricula
    1. Topics are aligned to the 2016 History-Social Science Framework.
    2. Topics are developmentally and age appropriate.
    3. Lessons are meant to be taught in ways that are student-driven.
  2. Instructional Materials for all Subjects

How does the FAIR Education Act influence the Adoption of Instructional Materials?

  1. Instructional materials must comply with social content requirements as adopted by the State Board of Education (CDE).
  2. For guidance from the CDE, see Social Content Review standards and forms,

What resources are available to teach the FAIR Education Act? Lessons, Primary Sources (Firsthand Accounts) and Secondary (Textbooks), and Books

Lessons for all Demographic Groups

  1. Teaching Tolerance
  2. Facing History and Ourselves
  3. Lessons on Bullying, Bias and Diversity
  4. Story Corps, Searchable Stories

 Resources for the Contributions and Role of Individuals who are Differently Abled

    1. US History Lessons
      1. Lessons from the Disability History Museum
      2. Essay from the Disability History Museum
      3. Lessons from Emerging America
    2. Resources for Discrimination, Activism and Rights for People with Disabilities
      1. Information on the 504 Sit-In
      2. Helen Keller Archive
      3. Museum of Disability
      4. Primary Source Set Tracing Disability History 

Resources for the Contributions and Role of Individuals Identifying as LGBTQ

    1. Brief Introduction with LGBTQ Guidance
    2. Lessons on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation Aligned to the Framework
      1. General LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum
      2. Gender Identity During the Gold Rush for 4th Grade
      3. Baron von Steuben and the Continental Army for 8th Grade​
      4. ONE Archives LGBTQ lessons for 10th  and 11th Grade
      5. Safe Schools Project​
    3. Timelines for LGBTQ Milestones in US History
      1. Timeline from CNN
      2. Timeline from GLSEN
      3. Timeline from NY Times
    4. LGBTQ Sources from Library of Congress