New Jersey Department of Education

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New Jersey Student Learning Standards

Resources for Educators

  • Resources to support implementation of N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.35-36 -
    Instruction on the Contributions of Disabled and LGBT Individuals
  • N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.35-36 requires boards of education to include instruction on the political, economic, and social contributions of persons with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in appropriate places in the middle school and high school curriculum. The law also requires boards of education to adopt inclusive instructional materials that portray the cultural and economic diversity of society including the political, economic, and social contributions of person with disabilities and LGBT people, where appropriate.

    The New Jersey Department of Education has developed the following resource list to assist districts in implementing this statute. These resources are provided for informational purposes only. The Department does not endorse these resources or the entities hosting these resources. Note that these resources are not exhaustive and may exceed the scope of the statutory requirements. Districts may choose to incorporate these resources at their discretion or select instructional materials outside of the list below to fulfill the requirements of the law. This will be updated as additional, accessible resources are identified.  

    Resources relating to Disabled Individuals

    Resources relating to LGBT Individuals

    • Library of Congress provides a variety of primary and secondary source materials containing books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other material reflecting the contributions of the LGBTQ community.
    • National Archives Educator Resources website provides primary sources and teaching activities that explore the concept of breaking barriers through the lens of LGBTQ accomplishments.
    • National Park Service LGBTQ Heritage website provides free education tools and materials for teachers and students that highlight the people and places of LGBTQ history in America.
    • People with a History (Fordham University) provides hundreds of original texts, discussions, and images, and addresses LGBTQ history in all periods, and in all regions of the world.
    • Welcoming Schools provides LGBTQ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources.