The California FAIR Education Act

UCBHSSP's FAIR Education Act Lesson Plans

Charley Parkhurst and the California Gold Rush (4th & 8th grade)

Love, War, and Honor in Ancient Greece (6th grade)

Baron von Steuben and the Continental Army (8th Grade)

The Lavendar Scare and McCarthyismUnit Maps (11th grade) 

About the FAIR Act

UCBHSSP has worked with teachers and scholars over the last few years to think about how we can support teachers in implementing the FAIR Act. Above are links to lessons we have developed for classroom use. While the FAIR Act applies explicitly to US History, we have also worked with world history teachers on asking questions of gender and sexuality about the past. Consequently, you can find a link to world history lessons as well. Our work has been informed by this advocacy document authored by scholars of the history of gender and sexuality, and particularly the work of Professor Don Romesburg.
The FAIR Education Act requires that California K-12 schools provide Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful representations of people with disabilities and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in history and social studies curriculum. The FAIR Education Act, SB 48, was signed into law on July 14, 2011 and went into effect on January 1, 2012.
The California Education Code has been updated over time to make sure that the role and contributions of members of underrepresented racial, ethnic and cultural groups to the economic, political, and social development of California and the United States are included in history and social studies lessons. The FAIR Education Act amends the Education Code by mandating California schools to also include the contributions of people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community in the curriculum. You can read more FAQs here

Recommended Resources

LGBT and Gender History in the H-SS Framework (line inclusions)

How to Implement the FAIR Act (CHSSP)

Our Family Coalition - FAIR Act Resources

Overview of the History of People with Disabilities in the US

Resouces for Teaching Disability History, Emerging America

LGBT History Resources, Library of Congress

UCLA History Geography Project - 11th Grade Lessons

History UnErased

LGBTQ Heritage Theme Study, National Park Service

Trade Books for Exploring Gender Identity

Gender, Sexuality, and the Holocaust, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum


Making the Framework FAIR