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IICAC announces tools for Inclusive Curriculum implementation

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CHICAGO — The Illinois Inclusive Curriculum Advisory Council (IICAC) has debuted new tools to help with the implementation of Illinois’s Inclusive Curriculum Law.

The council, composed of the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago’s Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, the Legacy Project, and Equality Illinois, made the announcement in honor of LGBTQ History Month on Tuesday.

The Inclusive Curriculum Law requires public schools in Illinois to include the contributions of LGBTQ people in their Illinois and American history curricula. Passed by General Assembly in May 2019 and signed by Governor Pritzker in August 2019, the Inclusive Curriculum Law took effect on July 1, 2020. Illinois is one of five states with such a law. The others are California, Colorado, New Jersey, and Oregon.

The Inclusive Curriculum Implementation Guidance available to educators includes frameworks, strategies, tools, and resources needed to implement an inclusive curriculum with confidence. The document, entitled “Implementation Guidance for the Inclusive Curriculum Law,” is available on the Illinois State Board of Education website here. The guidance was developed by the IICAC with extensive engagement and stakeholder input by the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Education Association, Illinois Federation of Teachers, and individual educators.

Professional development is available through the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, which launched a new workshop titled Deepening Our History: Implementing the Illinois Inclusive Curriculum Law. Individuals can visit this page for a current list of free webinar sessions.

The Inclusive Curriculum Law Lesson Plan Search Portal can be accessed here.

Other IICAC resources include an Inclusive Curriculum Law Overview and FAQ document that are available here. Individuals interested in learning more about the Inclusive Curriculum Law can sign up for updates and resources from the IICAC here.

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