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Curriculum Now Available!

The highly anticipated moment is here! SERC is incredibly pleased to share the results of hard work and dedication to the development of CT's African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies. History in the making! Thank you!

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Updated October 1, 2021
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In the News: ‘One of the best history classes’: Norwalk students praise Black and Latino history course

PTECH Norwalk social studies teacher Cecile St. Jean speaks with a few of her students from the pilot history course for African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino studies. From left to right, her students are juniors Chance Teel and Julian Rivera, senior Tanajae Foster, and junior Hadiya Vahora.
Emily Morgan /Hearst Connecticut Media

The Norwalk Hour published a story about CT’s Black and Latino Studies Curriculum on November 30, 2021. Emily Morgan reports through student and teacher interviews about the experiences of those directly involved in the course’s first year being offered in CT.

Read the story at The Norwalk Hour

Regional Networking Session offered by EdAdvance and CES

Implementation Planning for CT’s African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies January 7th, 2022, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., WorkspaceCT, Bethel

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There is no charge for this course thanks to support from the Litchfield County and Western Connecticut Superintendent’s Associations.

In this all day session, representatives from the CSDE and SERC Team, who organized the development of the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies, will outline the genesis for the course, goals and structure of its curriculum, as well as review specific implementation strategies.  This presentation will be followed by a facilitated dialogue with former CT Interim Commissioner of Education, Dr. George A. Coleman and Ms. Esther Bobowick, longtime professional learning director at Cooperative Educational Services (CES) in Trumbull, who will offer practical suggestions for school leaders responsible for offering this course, including how to support and navigate resistance regarding cultural responsiveness, diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This part of the session will also feature reflections from teachers and students who have been involved in the initial implementation of the course during the 2021-2022 school year. The audience for this session should include district and school level administrators, Board of Education members, and high school staff who will likely be involved in the implementation of this mandated course offering, including department chairs, teachers, and school counselors.    

“Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2019) (a) For the school year commencing July 1, 2021, and each school year thereafter, each local and regional board of education shall include African-American and black studies and Puerto Rican and Latino studies as part of the curriculum for the school district, pursuant to section 10-16b of the general statutes, as amended by this act.”

Connecticut PA 19-12