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Inclusive Lessons & Resources

Within the Hayward Unified School District, we promote a safe and peaceful learning environment that is free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and intimidation. One way we do this is by proactively teaching positive lessons about diverse identities and history that are integrated into language arts, history, art, physical education and many other content areas. The lessons help educators build classroom communities where we can cooperate respectfully and learn together every day. 

Please see below for California laws that guide our inclusive curriculum and sample educator lessons/resources that promote a safe and respectful learning environment. 

FAIR Education Act (Fair, Accurate, Inclusive & Respectful) - 2011, updated 2023

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.” Furthermore, the California legislature approved updates (AB 1078) to the FAIR Act on September 25, 2023, stating that social studies instruction must include "the role and contributions of, among others, people of all genders, Latino Americans, LGBTQ+ Americans, and members of other ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic status groups." 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 Sexuality Education (CSE) lesson series that includes HIV prevention at least once in middle school and once in high 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 inclusive 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 (TK-12)

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. There are other national days, weeks and months that celebrate many other cultures and identities. New resources will be linked as they are created. 


Elementary Curriculum Resources 


Middle & High School Curriculum Resources


9-12 Health


page updated October 2023