High School Textbook and Curriculum for LGBTQ Studies.
Organized by: TONY SANDERS
Select college and universities across the country now offer Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer (LGBTQ) studies courses. These courses educate college students regarding diversity of sexual orientation and gender identity. A liberal arts education that focuses on an understanding of cultural diversity leads to a culture inclusive of all of the society's members. California law requires that in September 2016 public schools must include the contribution of gays and lesbians in social studies instruction. It is likely that teachers will have to develop their own lessons, or piecemeal them together from difficult-to-find resources to incorporate LGBTQ history into their existing social studies course. No textbook now exists for a social studies course that is inclusive of LGBTQ individuals and their families, let alone one that is dedicated to the subject. I will act as General Editor for a multi-media textbook of LGBTQ studies at the high school level. It will consist of eighteen multi-media chapters. Each chapter will cover the content in written form. As well, five multi-media links will be provided for each chapter which will serve as the basis for each day's lesson plan. The lesson plans will be provided in detail and will include: Title, Purpose, Time, Materials (including Audio-Visual links), Planning Notes, Procedure, Discussion Questions, and Quiz/Exam Questions, and Assignments. A test bank of 25 true-false and multiple choice questions will be provided for each of the 90 lessons plans. Areas of studies will include, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, LGBTQ US and world History, Discrimination, Stigma, Bias, Bullying, LGBTQ Identity Development, Religion, Family Life and much more. Leaders in the LGBTQ communities, with a special emphasis on educators and social science practitioners, will be recruited for the development of each of the chapters, lesson plans, and comprehensive curriculum. The curriculum will include expanded materials and assignments to allow for the option of bringing the High School course to an Advanced Placement college level. This virtual textbook will be offered free online with all it's supporting materials (test question, handouts, audio-visual materials and links, lesson plans, assignments, etc.) making it immediately available and of use to schools not only across the United States--but worldwide. The LGBTQ course will make chapters available online as they are created. It is expected that two-thirds of the chapters and course curriculum (with approximately 60 lesson plans) will be available to every High School in California in time for incorporation into existing Social Studies courses September 2016 as required by law. The full completion of the 18 chapters and accompanying curriculum (with 90 lesson plans) will take place over 18 to 24 months. Once the course is available in full, it will be maintained online for free download for at least five years. At that time, it is anticipated efforts will be made to raise the necessary funds to update all the chapters and to provide a second edition. The General Editor will be me, R. Anthony (Tony) Sanders-Pfeifer, Ph.D. I am a state credentialed special education teacher (K - 12) in the State of Missouri. As well, I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California with over 25 years experience in the field of child, adolescent, adult and geriatric community mental health. All financial contributors will be acknowledged in a special section of the website. Each may indicate their name if they so choose and they may dedicate their contribution to someone else as well. For example, Tony Sanders in loving memory of our dear friend Terry Hanson. Those who contribute $250 may include a brief narrative (such as a bio) along with an email and website contact. Those who contribute $1,000 will in addition to the above receive a special limited first edition (maximum 250 copies) hard-bound copy of the first ever LGBTQ studies high-school textbook (and will be mentioned by name in the dedication section of the text). I may be reached at "firstname.lastname@example.org" if you have any questions, or suggestions, regarding this project. Thank you for your consideration of contributing to this worthwhile cause!