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The Illinois Federation of Teachers task force is advising the Illinois State Board of Education as the Board implements HB246, the LGBTQ Inclusive Curriculum Bill. The new law goes into effect for the 2020-2021 school year, so educators and school staff are working to gather and create materials for use by teachers. Chicago Teachers Union members and downstate and suburban educators are part of this effort.

Can we nominate you or a colleague for this task force? We need a team!

Membership on the task force shouldn’t equate to much more work, but having a robust group (~25 members) is helpful in a number of ways. It allows us to identify and create the best curriculum and materials possible for our students. So we’re sharing the responsibility as to draw on the expertise of a diverse group, and not rely on just a few.

The overall intent of the task force is to begin the collecting and creating of resources for K-12 teachers to support the teaching of social studies that is inclusive and reflective of the LGBTQ experience. Here’s some background on the bill, which goes into effect July 1, 2020:

Equality Illinois introduced this bill. It had bipartisan support, and many co-sponsors. It requires that the teaching of history in public schools shall include a study of the roles and contributions of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the country and state. The new law takes effect July 1, 2020 – next school year.

Partners:

Questions with which we will be contending:

  • Content (what to include)
  • How to educate and inform

CTU/IFT members and frontline educators will be collaborating on:

  • Lesson plans
  • Developmental appropriateness of the planning
  • Training
  • Preparing resources
  • Identifying existing resources
  • Implementation of curricular resources
  • Professional development

For more information, call IFT Legislative Director John Cusick at 773-759-6120 or email jcusick@ift-aft.org.