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LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program Application
On January 31, 2019, Governor Phil Murphy signed LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum into law, making New Jersey the second state in the nation to require public schools to teach about the struggles and triumphs of the LGBTQ community. Garden State Equality will be working in collaboration with Make It Better for Youth to develop the LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum and a the LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum pilot program.
The benefits of being selected as a pilot school for the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Pilot Program will include:
-Exclusive access to the LGBTQ-Inclusive curriculum.
-The opportunity to infuse LGBTQ topics in lessons in an appropriate manner with the support of trained professionals.
-Consistent support regarding best practices on infusing the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum in existing lessons and suggestions on lesson plan modifications and instruction.
-Ongoing professional development training for staff members facilitated by Garden State Equality. Training sessions will be offered in a collaborative manner as well as a coaching model for instructional staff.
-Data collection and analysis that will be completed for each pilot school.
-Free access to the New Jersey LGBTQ Conference in March 2020.
-The opportunity to be a part of educational history.
-The opportunity to earn the certification of a SAFE (Safe, Affirming, Fair, and Equitable) school.
Please note the following if you would like your school to be considered to be a pilot school:
-The pilot program will run from January 2020 - June 2020.
-The grade levels will consist of grades 5, 8, 10, and 12.
-The curriculum will address all content areas.
-This application must be submitted by an administrator in the school district. Prior approval from the Superintendent of Schools and building principal is strongly suggested.
-If selected to be a pilot school, the Superintendent of Schools and Principal must sign an agreement with Garden State Equality and Make It Better for Youth which will outline the pilot program.
Superintendent of Schools
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Your phone number.
What is the name of the interested school?
What grades levels are in this school (select all that apply)?
How would you rate your school regarding LGBTQ-Inclusion? For instance, consider how often LGBTQ-specific programs, professional development, lessons, and materials are provided to staff members, students, and parents/guardians.
Highly Effective - Offerings are provided on a consistent basis to all stakeholders.
Effective - Offerings are provided quarterly to MOST stakeholders.
Partially Effective - Offerings are provided in an inconsistent manner to so SOME stakeholders.
Ineffective - LGBTQ-specific topics are not offered.
Do you currently offer LGBTQ+ lessons in health/sex education?
Does your school offer additional classes/lesson that cover LGBTQ topics in content areas beyond sex education? If so, please list below.
List the county in which the school resides.
Is the proposed school a Title I school?
How would you rate the socioeconomic status (SES) of the school(s) that you would like to be considered for the pilot program
Low Socioeconomic Status (i.e. former A and B District Factor Groups (DFG).
Middle Socioeconomic Status
High Socioeconomic Status (i.e. former I and J District Factor Groups (DFG).
Please list the type of school that you are nominating
Does your school have a Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA)?
Does your school have an LGBTQ+/Transgender student policy?
Does your school have any LGBTQ+ identified students?
Does your school have any LGBTQ+ identified educators/administrators/staff members?
How have LGBTQ+ identified students/educators/staff been treated by your school community?
What kind of resources do you offer students/educators/staff to create an inclusive and affirming school environment?
Do you offer parenting education workshops/ discussions about LGBTQ+ identities?
Requested, not approved
Please list a secondary administrative contact (name, title, email, and phone number) regarding your interest in being a pilot school for the LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum.
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