FAIR Classrooms helps teachers and administrators bring LGBTQ History into high school and middle school social studies classes.
The FAIR Education Act mandates that schools include the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people in our social studies curricula (LGBTQ for short).
Now, California teachers are searching ways to learn about and effectively teach this material; administrators are looking for ways to navigate this controversial and complicated topic.
FAIR Classrooms offers workshops, resources and consulting to help teachers and administrators include gay and lesbian history into their existing courses — in ways that are interesting to all students, not just students who identify as LGBTQ.
In our workshops we:
- Take you on a tour of LGBTQ history in the US and the World, to give you a background understanding of how you can teach it
- Give you teaching materials, classroom activities and homework assignments that you can integrate into your existing classes
- Share lessons learned about gaining the acceptance of parents, educators and community members who are wary of the topic
- Show how LGBTQ lessons align with the Common Core
With topics such as the 1700 year tradition of accepting homosexuality in China, lesbian leadership in the Suffrage movement, and same-sex marriage, you’ll gain a new sense of how LGBTQ history shapes our world today and why it matters enough for everyone to learn it.
FAIR Classrooms will help you find appropriate teaching material for every level of Social Studies from 7th Grade Ancient Cultures to 12th grade Government and Economics.
Two key elements of FAIR Classroom’s approach are relevance and integration.
Relevance: teaching LGBTQ history lessons that connect to high school students’ lives and questions. We focus on topics that matter to all students, not just to LGBTQ students.
Integration: including LGBTQ material into existing lessons. Instead of having special units on LGBTQ history, FAIR Classrooms focuses on folding the material into lessons that are already being taught. That means much less work for teachers and history lessons that make LGBTQ history part of everyone’s story.