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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
Updated October 1, 2021
Changelog: What's new in this revision?

Updated Reference List and Book Bundle Information

June 17, 2022 – Based on book availability and new resource suggestions, a revised Reference List for course has been posted (see below). There is no single text for this course. As noted in each CSDE/SERC Information Session conducted, it is anticipated that Book Bundle items will be purchased by each school and exclusively available to teachers of the course and Social Studies Department. A second set will be provided by SERC (contingent on funding) to be housed in the library of each school for general teacher, student, and community access. Additional copies of Book Bundle items and items in the Supplemental Teacher Resources and Optional Student Resources sections may be purchased based on need and/or at the discretion of each school.

SERC has been able to arrange for centralized purchasing of the Book Bundle items as a complete set with Barnes & Noble. This will allow all schools to receive both the education and quantity discount.

Read the Book Bundle Purchasing Information (below) for more details. Download the revised (6/17/22) Curriculum Reference List below.

June Curriculum Showcase – Registration is Open!

Attention stakeholders:
The State Education Resource Center (SERC) invites you to participate in the African American/Black and Puerto Rican/Latino Course of Studies Showcase scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2022. The purpose of this virtual event is to spotlight the dynamic and inspiring experiences of high school teachers and students, from across the state, involved in the first year of implementation of the model curriculum for this legislated history class.

There will be three rounds of concurrent breakouts in both the morning and afternoon, giving participants the opportunity to hear and learn from multiple stakeholders and perspectives throughout the day.

Please refer to format and registration links below (Zoom links will be sent out 24 hours prior) and plan to join us in celebration as your schedule permits.







Concurrent Breakouts Round 1



Concurrent Breakouts Round 2



Concurrent Breakouts Round 3






Registration Links

2022-2023 Training Series – Registration is Open!

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. High school educators, including curriculum and department coordinators, who will be implementing the course next year are invited to participate. All sessions are planned to be virtual and at no cost to districts with the exception of release time/substitute coverage. Each cadre will be capped at 50 schools/150 participants to serve the anticipated number of new schools participating. Additional staff from schools currently participating in the 2021-2022 training series will be added, as space permits. As this training is organized as a professional learning community, it is highly suggested that staff from the same school/district register for and attend the same cadre.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the CSDE Project Manager and Director of Equity and Language Dr. Gladys Labas at, or the following members of the SERC Team:

  • Michelle LeBrun-Griffin, Consultant for Project Coordination, at;
  • Paquita Jarman-Smith, Consultant for African American/Black Content, at; or
  • Nitza Diaz, Consultant for Puerto Rican/Latino Content, at
    • Cohort 2 Registration Link Summer Institute September Quarterly December Quarterly February Quarterly March
      June Showcase
      Cadre 1 June 20-24, 2022
      Sept. 20-21, 2022
      Dec. 1-2, 2022
      Feb. 2-3, 2023
      Mar. 23-24, 2023
      June 2, 2023
      Time TBD
      Cadre 2 July 18-22, 2022
      Sept. 22-23, 2022
      Dec. 6-7, 2022
      Feb. 7-8, 2023
      Mar. 28-29, 2023
      June 2, 2023
      Time TBD
      Cadre 3 Aug. 1-5, 2022
      Sept. 28-29, 2022
      Dec. 8-9, 2022
      Feb. 9-10, 2023
      Mar. 30-31, 2023
      June 2, 2023
      Time TBD

“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