MORRISTOWN, NJ - Unity Charter School in Morristown is one of twelve schools to participate in the LGBTQ-inclusive Curriculum pilot program, which launched today. The program utilizes lesson plans developed and written by Garden State Equality in partnership with Make It Better for Youth. The pilot program will continue until the end of the current school year; New Jersey’s law will go into effect statewide this fall for the 2020-2021 school year.

“Being part of this pilot program is an incredible opportunity for Unity Charter School to further develop the inclusive learning environment we’ve worked diligently to create", said Unity Charter School Executive Director Connie Sanchez.  "Working with the expertise of Garden State Equality and Make it Better for Youth will allow us to give all children a mirror to see themselves as a part of our history. The program is about approaching issues and historical content from different perspectives and lenses so students develop a well-rounded thorough view of what happened in our history and what is taking place in the world around us. These views certainly align with our educational philosophy. “

Governor Murphy signed LGBTQ-Inclusive Curriculum into law on January 1, 2019, making New Jersey the second state in the nation to pass such a law and the first with interdisciplinary content. When the law goes into effect this fall, every middle and high school in the state will begin integrating these topics into classrooms, and Garden State Equality will be offering its curriculum to every district across New Jersey at no cost.

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“Our youth deserve to see themselves reflected in the classroom, and we know the work we’re doing is going to change the lives of LGBTQ students for the better by reducing bullying,” said Ashley Chiappano, Safe Schools & Community Education Manager for Garden State Equality. “The robust curriculum Garden State Equality has developed will ensure that the LGBTQ community's contributions throughout history are not erased and serve to inspire the next generation.

The following schools – whose educators and administrators are attending a daylong professional development training today with Garden State Equality — will be participating in the pilot program:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Asbury Park

  • Forrestdale School in Rumson

  • Haddon Heights Junior-Senior High School (middle and high school)

  • Highland Park School

  • Millburn Middle School

  • Newark Arts High School

  • Pinelands Regional Junior High School in Tuckerton

  • Bergen Arts and Science Charter Middle School in Hackensack

  • Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School in Hackensack

  • Chartertech High School for the Performing Arts in Somers Point

  • Unity Charter School in Morristown

"Garden State Equality has been working with education experts over the last year to develop this curriculum in line with New Jersey’s core content standards,” said Christian Fuscarino, Executive Director of Garden State Equality. “When our study with Stockton University concludes at the end of the pilot program, we trust the results will unequivocally show that inclusive curriculum results in safer schools and smarter students.”


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