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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!

Download the Curriculum Here

Upcoming Webinar: Implementing African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies in your High Schools

The African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course provides all Connecticut’s high school students an exciting opportunity to understand the scope of African American, Black, Puerto Rican, and Latino contributions to United States history, society, economy, and culture. 

The CSDE is hosting a Webinar on March 24, 2021, at 4:00 p.m., to discuss the required elective Course.  This conversation will be tailored to support Social Studies Curriculum leaders.  Webinar participants will be introduced to the curricula and learn about upcoming supports. Individuals may register for the webinar at  

Please contact Dr. Gladys Labas, Director of Equity and Language, with questions regarding the course or the upcoming Webinar. 

Registration Description: This session will provide support on how to plan the implementation of the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course (Course) in Connecticut High Schools. Recommendations and guidance on communication, professional learning, and planning materials will be provided. 

Presenters: Gladys Labas and Stephen Armstrong

News 8 WTNH: First Class: Connecticut on path to become first state to require Black & Latino studies in high schools

News 8 WTNH reported on the Black & Latino Studies Curriculum on February 25, 2021. Visit the original posting on

From the article:

Promoted by members of the state legislature’s Black and Hispanic Caucus- Public Act 1912 was signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont last year. It comes at a time when racial tensions and calls for social justice are running high.

The coursework will go way beyond what’s been traditionally taught out of textbooks across the nation and focus on the great accomplishments made by people, and how that has shaped American history.

“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