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 The FAIRstory Curriculum offers an honest and accurate view of our nation’s history while emphasizing constructive principles that inspire optimism for the American future based on humanity, diversity, understanding, and fairness.

Research-based

 

Non-partisan and non-ideological

 

Counters racism and bigotry

 

Fosters cultural understanding

 

Confronts cognitive bias

 

Promotes civil discourse

 

Connects to American civics and history education

 

Centers student inquiry

 

Online learning accessibility

 

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Key Features of the FAIRstory Curriculum

The FAIRstory Curriculum includes the following key features:

  • Research-based curriculum: All lesson plans are developed by subject matter experts and reviewed by higher education faculty members affiliated with the national Race and the American Story Project.
  • Standards alignment: The FAIRstory curriculum aligns closely with state and national standards in the areas of Ethnic Studies, History/Social Studies, and Civics.
  • Versatile and Customizable: The FAIRstory Curriculum is modular and can be adapted to speak to the experiences of local ethnic and immigrant communities.
  • All lesson plans will be available in interactive remote learning formats and publishable to a variety of Learning Management Systems such as Canvas or Google Classroom.
 

FAIRstory Curriculum Learning Outcomes

The FAIRstory Curriculum provides lesson plans and supporting materials that teach high school students about

  • the particular accomplishments and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds to progress in America
  • the foundations of American institutions and their relationship to the construction of American identity through history
  • the historic and ongoing struggles against intolerance and racism by people of diverse backgrounds in the U.S.
  • the ways in which different demographic categorizations often overlap or intersect in unique individuals
  • the value of mutual understanding and respectful dialogue for the production of a more just American society

The FAIRstory Difference

The FAIRstory Curriculum provides crucial advantages with respect to other available ethnic studies offerings:

  1. Customizable to local populations: a variety of different configurations of lesson plans are available to be used in accordance with local preferences and needs.
  2. Centered on student-based inquiry: FAIR lessons present multiple perspectives from both the past and present. This approach develops literacy and critical thinking skills as students come to their own informed opinions through primary source materials. The FAIRstory curriculum fosters respectful dialogue across differences.
  3. Balanced and effective. FAIR teaches historic and contemporary racism while inspiring students to feel that their voices and actions count. The curriculum emphasizes the dignity and worth of each person because of our common humanity.