Resources to support integrating LGBTQ material into social studies classes.
Clicking on the underlined phrases will either download a PDF or connect you to a webpage with resources.
FAIR Classrooms Materials
Safe Schools and the FAIR Act (Full ppt) is the power point presentation from our Safe Schools presentation. It covers the connections between inclusive curricula and school safety, frameworks for teaching LGBTQ history, and a tour of LGBTQ history. This version is full sized with a slide for each page.
Safe Schools and the FAIR Act (slides) This is the same power point but formatted with 3 slides per page to shorten the document.
Implementing the FAIR Act – best practices Recommendations and strategies for implementing the FAIR act in schools or school districts.
Implementing the FAIR act — worksheet includes a field scan and planning process for implementation.
LGBTQ History reader compiled by FAIR Classrooms has readings to support our suggested lessons in US and world history.
Making the Framework FAIR is an excellent resource. It brings together the most current scholarship on US LGBTQ history and aligns it with the CA Social Studies Framework. It offers an overview of LGBTQ history appropriate for kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th 8th and 11th grade. It contains an annotated further reading section and bibliography. Both are a goldmine.
The FAIR Education Act website from Our Family Coalition has a wide range of lesson plans and educational resources for the FAIR Act.
Topic and grade specific support materials to help teachers integrate LGBTQ materials into existing lessons.
Safe Schools Resources
These resources focus on creating a safe and inclusive school. They include California laws and best practice recommendations.
Ally Action’s “Count Me In” is a superb and comprehensive resource for creating safe schools. It offers strategies, best practices and step by step guidance on every aspect of creating safe schools, from policies to lesson plans to professional development. It was published in 2010, so the some of the information on the laws is out of date, mostly because California has even more laws for protecting LGBTQ students than we did in 2010.
Two highlights referenced in FAIR Classroom’s trainings:
- “What to say when…” how to work with student reactions to LGBTQ information is on page 155. This has a thorough list of student reactions and how to respond.
- “Working with Parents” a thoughtful guide to working with parents, both allies and people with concerns. The section starts on page 187. The section on working with concerned and resistant parent’s starts on page 194.
California’s Safe School Laws — CA has a set of laws that all relate to creating see and inclusive schools. The FAIR Act is a part of the system created by these laws. Our Family Coalition has a quick and thorough overview of Schools Legal Responsibilities on their website.
Our Family Coalition’s Resource Page has several other resources for creating welcoming schools on their resource page.
These studies make the connection between LGBTQ inclusive curricula and safer schools.
CA Safe Schools Research Brief #4 shows that LGBTQ Issues in the Curriculum promote school safety. Inclusive curricula decrease bullying by 13% in schools.
Suggested Sources and Readings
A selected list of books and articles
Gay America: Struggle for Equality by Linas Alsenas
Click here to see Gay America on Amazon.com (the price for used copies is very low)
An excellent overview of US LGBTQ history from the 1800s to 2008. It is fun to read and is full of informative images. It is written for teens but is not dumbed down at all. Students in my classes love it. When adults ask for a book to read on US LGBTQ history, this is my top suggestion.
Understanding and Teaching US Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History edited by Leila Rupp and Susan Freeman, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014
This is an anthology of essays on US LGBTQ history with chapters written by academics. It begins with overviews of teaching LGBTQ history. The second section has chapters for each era in US history. It is thorough and has an excellent bibliography for further reading.