Four informational webinars for district personnel were held during the week of November 9, 2020. A recording of one of those sessions is presented here, for those who couldn’t attend online. You may Download the Powerpoint from the session in PDF format.
On November 11, NBC Connecticut featured the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino curriculum. Watch the video and read the accompanying story at NBC Connecticut’s website.
Dr. Miguel A. Cardona, Commissioner of Education
Ingrid M. Canady, Executive Director, SERC
Date: November 2, 2020
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the State Education Resource Center (SERC) are excited to share the following updates regarding the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino course.
In accordance with Public Act 19-12: An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Black and Latino Studies in the Public School Curriculum, SERC and the CSDE have been developing the mandated one-credit, year-long high school elective course and curriculum in collaboration with: nine advisory committees; an expert review panel, and a 150-member advisory group representing racially and culturally diverse historians, scholars, high school educators, educational organizations, community and museum representatives, parents, students, and advocates.
SERC has created the Public Act 19-12: An Act Concerning the Inclusion of Black and Latino Studies in the Public School Curriculum Website to update the educational community on the process and progress of curriculum development, to include DRAFT course description and DRAFT learning objectives.
The draft African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino curriculum will be presented to the State Board of Education (Board) on December 2, 2020, for review and approval.
The CSDE and SERC are offering the following informational Webinars to provide schools and districts an overview of the curriculum and opportunity for questions:
- Monday, November 9, 2020, from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. (registration closed);
- Monday, November 9, 2020, from 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (registration closed);
- Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.(Register Here);
- Tuesday, November 10, 2020, from 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (Register Here).
Questions regarding sessions can be directed to Michelle LeBrun-Griffin, SERC Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific questions related to the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino curriculum and course, please contact the Director of Equity and Language, CSDE, Dr. Gladys Labas at email@example.com.
“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.”
The Connecticut Black and Latino Studies Curriculum becomes available in: