New Jersey Department of Education

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Educational Resources

The New Jersey Department of Education is deeply committed to ensuring that schools are safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for all students regardless of race or ethnicity, sexual and gender identities, mental and physical abilities and religious beliefs. The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) are designed to support the development of curricula that highlight the contributions and experiences of individuals with diverse abilities, cultures, identities and perspectives. 

This website provides a wide range of resources that can be used to develop curricula, facilitate professional learning and engage community stakeholders in conversations on incorporating diversity and inclusion throughout the kindergarten through twelfth grade learning environment. The featured lessons, activities and resources were selected to support educators in implementing the new legislative requirements of the 2019 History and Contributions of Individuals with Disabilities and LGBT (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.35-6), Diversity and Inclusion statutes (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.36a).  For more clarity on the requirements and differences between these two laws, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions.

All students deserve equitable access (N.J.A.C. 6A:7) to a high-quality education that is inclusive and reflective of the rich diversity of our state. This can be achieved through consideration of diverse histories, experiences and perspectives that promote the dignity and respect of all individuals.

Sample Activities and Lessons

Sample activities, lesson plans and units for K-12 educators

Culturally Responsive Practices

General and content specific articles and resources designed to encourage safe, welcoming and inclusive environments for all students

Evaluating Instructional Materials

Guidance documents to assist the creation, evaluation and selection of diversity, equity and inclusion instructional resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions and answers regarding diversity, equity and inclusion related legislation

Videos and Webinars

Videos and webinars that focus on different aspects of diversity, equity and inclusive education

NJ Commissions and Agencies

NJ Commissions and Agencies that work to promote a more equitable future for all New Jerseyans

The resources provided on this webpage are for informational purposes only. All resources must meet the New Jersey Department of Education’s (NJDOE) accessibility guidelines. Currently, the NJDOE aims to conform to Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). However, the NJDOE does not guarantee that linked external sites conform to Level AA of the WCAG 2.1. Neither NJDOE nor its officers, employees or agents specifically endorse, recommend or favor these resources or the organizations that created them. Please note that the NJDOE has not reviewed or approved the materials related to the programs.

Page Last Updated: 01/13/2022

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