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Choosing Democracy: Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Choosing Democracy: Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum
Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum

Ethnic Studies Curriculum SBE

At its November 18–19, 2020, meeting, the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) recommended the revised draft Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum to the State Board of Education (SBE) following a 45-day public comment period. The IQC incorporated edits, including those recommended by the California Department of Education (CDE), that strengthen the content and honor the four traditional disciplines of African American, Native American, Asian American, and Chicana/o/x and Latina/o/x studies and better reflect the diversity of experiences and contributions of groups that have been marginalized and understudied. Additionally, the IQC updated and expanded an existing set of resources—where all sample lessons are housed—to further explore communities and raise the voices of identities whose experiences intersect with the core disciplines of ethnic studies, such as Arab Americans, Armenian Americans, Jewish Americans, and Sikh Americans.

This revised draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum is in alignment with state law (Education Code Section 51226.7) and the State Board of Education-adopted guidelines, which can be found on the CDE’s Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum Guidelines web page.

The model curriculum draft has been posted for a final 45-day public review period. State law requires the SBE to take final action on the model curriculum by March 31, 2021.

More information on the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum can be found on the CDE Model Curriculum Projects web page. Individuals or groups may submit public comment on the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum