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Inclusive Lessons & Resources

FAIR Education Act (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive & Respectful) - 2011

California Education Code (Section 51204.5) states that teachers must include the contributions of various groups in the history of California and the United States. This section already included men and women and numerous ethnic groups; since 2011, the law now includes (additions bolded): “...a study of the role and contributions of both men and women, Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, persons with disabilities, and members of other ethnic and cultural groups, to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States of America, with particular emphasis on portraying the role of these groups in contemporary society.” For more information, please see The FAIR Act Frequently Asked Questions.

California Healthy Youth Act - 2016

The California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) requires school districts to provide students with an integrated, accurate, LGBTQ-inclusive, comprehensive sexual education (CSE) lesson series that include HIV prevention at least once in high school and once in middle school. School districts may offer puberty education in elementary school. Teachers or contracted outside providers must receive appropriate curriculum training before teaching the lessons. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education page: California Healthy Youth Act - Frequently Asked Questions

California Laws about Safe School Environments

Many California laws protect all students' inalienable right to attend classes on school campuses that are both physically and emotionally safe, secure and peaceful. The California Education Code requires school districts to have a policy and procedure for reporting and investigating all forms of bullying harassment, discrimination and intimidation. In addition, schools must proactively work to prevent bullying through safe school programs and curriculum.

Educator Lessons & Resources

FAIR Act Sample Lessons (TK-12)

Solidarity Week Resources (TK-12)

National Solidarity Week is November 6-10, 2023! School sites may participate during the national celebration week or schools are encouraged to plan their Solidarity Week at a time that works well with their calendar.

Resources for Inclusive Lessons & Campaigns

Many of the resource pages below align with national heritage recognition months for your school wide events and activities. Teachers are also encouraged to adapt and integrate the lessons into thematic units of study throughout the school year.

Elementary Curriculum Resources 

Middle & High School Curriculum Resources

9-12 Health