A Vision Of Ourselves: LGBTQ Inclusive Curricula
LGBTQ students regularly report that there is little that is as important to their vision of themselves as seeing LGBTQ+ people represented in their studies. Whether in history courses, literature, as part of the biographic profile of a scientist, or the subject matter in artwork, students need to see that people like them made it into adulthood, successfully, and are part of our common history. To that end, MIB4Y is seeking volunteers to assist in the creation of an LGBT inclusive curriculum model to be used in New Jersey schools.
Our first Summit in March of 2018 was a success, and with the recent passage of Inclusive Curriculum Law in January of 2019, we are poised to see LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum become a reality. This was followed with a several day working retreat where educators developed lesson criteria, cultural competencies for educational communities, and discussed the challenges of the implementation.
What we are doing now
Make it Better for Youth has partnered with Garden State Equality to create a pilot for school year 2019-2020. Schools that are accepted in the pilot will receive lessons across many subject areas that are written as LGBTQ inclusive and with best pedagogical practices at their core.
LGBTQ Inclusive Lesson Plan Collection
If you are a NJ educator, curriculum writer/developer, administrator or scholar passionate about the addition of LGBT inclusive curriculum, we are seeking you as a volunteer to work with us. Specifically, we are asking for you to submit an LGBTQ inclusive lesson (or lessons!) that will be reviewed by peers and ultimately shared with other educators in New Jersey.
While we are accepting lesson plans for all grade levels and all subject areas, we place a high priority on lessons that are:
- ELA and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) disciplines
- Intersectional in design
- Transformational in nature (This article will help with understanding the concept)
IMPORTANT! Use this template for the lesson plan. Please make certain all sections are addressed.
Questions? Contact us.