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December 1, 2023: Curriculum Update Available!

Please download and replace your PDF copy of the curriculum with this required update, which includes minor fixes to linked resources. See changelog for details.

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Updated December 1, 2021
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Unveiling Students’ Power and Legacy of Resistance: What does it have to do with you?


Tuesday, February 13, 2024: 9:00am – 2:00pm

A conference for students & teachers – West Hartford Convention Center

Join us to be a part of this dynamic student summit where your voice, your talents, and your creativity matter. This day includes active, experiential learning, where we’ll explore the significance of Resistance in our world today. Through the lens of resistance and resilience, participants will unearth their own potential and engage in sessions infused with Art, Music, Poetry, Spoken Word, and Dance.

But what does Power and the Legacy of Resistance have to do with you? The answer is simple: Everything. It’s the driving force that propels us toward personal success, happiness, and meaningful service to our communities.

Leadership Launch video – June 7, 2023

To support the effective implementation of the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies, district and school leaders and educators initiating the course in the 2023-2024 school year were invited to participate in the Leadership Launch sessions on Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Watch the video below for information regarding the model curriculum, expectations, and training series.



Leadership Launch slide deck: (pdf)



June Virtual Curriculum Showcase and In-Person Reception

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is pleased to continue its partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) to support the effective implementation of the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies.  We invite you to attend the Virtual Showcase scheduled for Friday, June 2, 2023 from 8:00-10:30 a.m. and 11:30-2:00 p.m., as well as the In-person Reception at SERC’s new location in Waterbury from 3:00-5:00 p.m.  The purpose of these sessions is to spotlight the dynamic and inspiring experiences of high school teachers and students, from across the state, involved in the second year of implementation of the model curriculum for this legislated history class. The agenda for these sessions is as follows:

Virtual Showcase Agenda

Session A

Session B

Welcome

8:00-8:10

11:30-11:40

Concurrent Sessions Round 1

8:15-8:55

11:45-12:25

Concurrent Sessions Round 2

9:00-9:40

12:30-1:10

Concurrent Sessions Round 3

9:45-10:25

1:15-1:55

Closing/Evaluation

10:25-10:30

1:55-2:00

In-Person Reception Agenda

Session C*

Arrival/Set-Up/Light Refreshments

3:00-3:15

Welcome

3:15-3:30

Gallery Walk Round 1

3:30-4:00

Break/Networking

4:00-4:15

Gallery Walk Round 2

4:15-4:45

Closing/Networking

4:45-5:00

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to CSDE Project Manager and Director of Equity and Language Dr. Maribel Olivero at maribel.olivero@ct.gov, or the following members of the SERC Team:

Leadership Launch Registration

Leadership Launch Registration

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is pleased to continue its partnership with the State Education Resource Center (SERC) to support the effective implementation of the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies. District and school leaders and educators initiating the course in the 2023-2024 school year are invited to participate in one of the Leadership Launch sessions scheduled for Wednesday, June 7, 2023.  Information regarding the model curriculum, expectations, and training series will be shared.  Registration links can be found below.  (Participants from the same school are encouraged to register for the same session as schedules permit.)



Leadership Launch

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 (via Zoom)

Session A

8:00 am to 9:00 am

Registration: https://serc.info/leadership-launch-a

Session B

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Registration: https://serc.info/leadership-launch-b

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to CSDE Project Manager and Director of Equity and Language Dr. Maribel Olivero at maribel.olivero@ct.gov, or the following members of the SERC Team:

2023-2024 CSDE/SERC Training Series: Dates announced!

Dear High School Social Studies Educators:

To assist with district planning, we are releasing “save-the-date” information for the 2023-2024 CSDE/SERC Training Series for the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies (SCED Course Code 04901).  Educators (i.e., high school social studies teachers, district/school department and curriculum coordinators, and principals) in public, charter, private, adult education, or specialized schools and programs who will be implementing the course next year are invited to participate.

The series is planned to be a combination of virtual and in-person sessions and will be at no cost to districts with the exception of release time/substitute coverage needed.  Each cadre will be capped at 60 schools/registrants to serve the anticipated number of new schools/educators participating.  It is suggested schools/participants reserve dates for each Cadre until registration is made available and cadre selection is confirmed.  As this training is organized to be a professional learning community, it is suggested that staff from the same school/district attend the same cadre.  Switching between cadres to accommodate schedules will be accommodated on a case by case basis.

Please contact Heather Dawes, Project Specialist, SERC at dawes@ctserc.org with any questions you may have.


African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies
2023-2024 CSDE/SERC Training Series

Cohort 3 Cadre 2
Leadership Launch May 31, 2023 June 7 (note: date change!)
Summer Insititute July 31-Aug 4, 2023 9-3
September Quarterly Sept. 28-29, 2023 9-3
December Quarterly Dec. 7-8, 2023 9-3
February Quarterly Feb. 8-9, 2024 9-3
March Quarterly Mar. 21-22, 2024 9-3
June Showcase June 4, 2024 Time TBD

Preserving Our History; Preparing for Our Future: Progress on Public Act 19-12, An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Black and Latino Studies in the Public School Curriculum

Monday, FEBRUARY 27TH

2:00pm-3:00pm In-Person: 165 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT
Conference Rooms D & E
virtual: ZOOM


Presented by The Governor’s Council on Women and Girls

With moderators:
Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz
State Department of Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker


Register:
In person by Feb. 23: email Christine.Jean-Louis@ct.gov
ZOOM: https://bit.ly/COWAGBH

Download and Share the flyer:
https://files.serc.co/files.serc.co/documents/20230223-CoWaG%20BH%20Panel%20Flyers.pdf

cowag panel flyer

In the News: Will teaching Black and Hispanic history help replace ignorance with cultural understanding? (Editorial)

Weruché George writes in the Opinion section of the CT Mirror:

“Two years ago this month, the State of Connecticut took a bold step when it included the teaching of Black and Latino studies in the curriculum. More noble is the fact that Connecticut was the first state in the country to roll this out … Just as we honor human rights this month, I celebrate what looks like the beginning of the end of racism — and hope other states in America will follow suit.

Weruché George

“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