Putting HB19-1192 into Practice: Collaborating with Educators toward Implementation

Program Contact

Bethy Leonardi

Principal Investigator

aqueerendeavor@colorado.edu

720.939.4713

Between Spring 2022 and Spring 2023, the Putting HB19-1192 into Practice project will design resources and professional learning opportunities that support teachers to implement HB19-1192 in their classrooms. 

What is HB19-1192?

Passed in 2019, HB19-1192, Inclusion of American Minorities in Teaching Civil Government, mandates funding instruction in public schools including but not limited to the history, culture, and social contributions of American Indians, Latinos, African Americans, and Asian Americans; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals within these minority groups; the intersectionality of significant social and cultural features within these communities; and the contributions and persecution of religious minorities.

Why is it a “controversial” policy?

Because this policy mandates a more diverse, inclusive social studies curriculum, it holds promise for advancing intersectional justice for Colorado students. And, because it pushes against the status quo, this policy also has garnered significant pushback.

What do local educators need in order to make good on the policy’s promise of inclusion?

Research suggests that when educators lack access to policy-related resources and professional learning, implementation suffers. This is especially true for policies that, like HB 19-1192, are deemed “controversial” despite their aims to create a more just world. Educators understand the urgency and opportunity that HB19-1192 signifies, in part because it is mandated by Colorado law. Moreover, educators are excited about curricula that advance educational equity. But, alongside that excitement, there is tremendous uncertainty among educators, in addition to an acute lack of resources and support. In this political climate of toxic pushback against critical race theory, queer topics, and trans identities, educators increasingly feel stuck and need support.

How can I learn more about this project?

Email us at aqueerendeavor@colorado.edu!

  • Resources to support the implementation of HB19-1192

    Location

    online resource

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    Not Applicable

Sponsoring Units

  • School of Education

  • A Queer Endeavor

Program Partners

  • CU Boulder School of Education

Audiences Served

  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School