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.
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
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:
- Customizable to local populations: a variety of different configurations of lesson plans are available to be used in accordance with local preferences and needs.
- 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.
- 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.