Florida Statute 1003.42: Required Instruction

Members of the instructional staff of the public schools shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards of professionalism and historic accuracy for the history of Holocaust, the history of African Americans, the study of Hispanic Contributions to the United States and the study of Women’s Contributions to the United States. View Florida-Statue-1003.42.pdf.

Below please find the resources to celebrate diversity and multicultural connections year-round:
September Multicultural Connections
November Multicultural Connection
December Multicultural Connection
January Multicultural Connections
February Multicultural Connection
March Multicultural Connections

Resource on how to facilitate a discussion on race:
Facilitating a Discussion Regarding Race Teacher Guide

Resources for The Study of Hispanic Contributions to the United States
Elementary Hispanic Heritage Instructional Resources
Secondary Hispanic Heritage Instructional Resources
Hispanic Heritage LGBT Connections
Join Governor Rick Scott’s Hispanic Heritage Month Art Contest for state of Florida students. Two winners will be selected and will be notified after September 19, 2014.

Resources for The Study of The History of the Holocaust
Jewish American History Month

Resources for The Study of the History of African Americans
Black/African American History
African American History: 5 Ways to Cultivate Greater Appreciation With Your Kids
African American History Month official website

Resources for The Study of Women’s Contributions to the United States
Click here to access resources to use with both elementary and secondary grade students

Resources for The Study of Haitian Heritage Month/Haitian Flag Day
Haitian Heritage Month Resources

Resources for American Muslim Heritage Month
Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys
Teaching Tolerance – Diversity, Equity and Justice
Amina’s Voice
Salaam Reads
Lailah’s Lunchbox: A Ramadan Story – Anti-Defamation League
Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan
Interfaith Youth Core

More Curriculum Resources and Links

African American History Task Force:  http://afroamfl.org; The State of Florida’s African American History Task Force is an advocate for Florida’s school districts, teacher education training centers, and the community at large, in implementing the teaching of the history of African peoples and the contributions of African Americans to society. The Task Force works to ensure awareness of the requirements, identify and recommend needed state education leadership action, assist in adoption of instructional materials by the state, and build supporting partnerships.

  • Goal 1: Promoting awareness, understanding, and the infusing of the required instruction legislation that addresses the African and African American experience into the curriculum of Florida’s schools.
  • Goal 2: Development of instructional guidelines, standardized framework, and supplemental materials /resources that include the African and African American experience.
  • Goal 3: Provide pre- and in-service training for implementation of the required instruction using various technologies and materials.
  • Goal 4: Make recommendations to the Commissioner of Education and the appropriate Florida Department of Education leaders that support the full implementation of the required instruction mandate.


PrintCenter for Holocaust and Human Rights Education:

The Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE) at Florida Atlantic University presents cutting-edge training and resources to teachers involved in Holocaust and genocide education. The Center offers workshops, advanced seminars, and summer institutes for K-12 teachers working in the fields of history, arts, languages, religion, science, technology, politics, and social studies.

  • Request a Holocaust Survivors Speaker from the Speakers’ Bureau
  • CHHRE Summer Retreat (For Secondary Teachers) Application Form – Summer Retreat 2016Hate Groups in the US: Facilitating Contemporary Classroom Conversations about Discrimination based on Religion, Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation,Teachers will engage in critical conversations about addressing prejudice and racism in schools and society through education.  Date: June 15-16, 2016     Location: Duncan Conference Center; 15820 S Military Trail, Delray Beach, FL 33484


Teach students to respect differences ateacher visionmong people in their community and around the world by using the resources from TeacherVision for elementary, intermediate, or high school students. You’ll find printables that promote tolerance and understanding, and lessons about immigrant families. Art, reading, and writing activities will help familiarize students with the history and traditions of different religions and ethnic groups.


The Inclusive Schools Network ]InclusiveSchoolsNetworkoffers a forum for educators, students, family, and community members to share experiences and ideas with each other. It is important for the Inclusive Schools Network to model an inclusive approach in welcoming and valuing all perspectives and opinions regarding the practice of inclusive education. Access their resources by clicking here.




Teaching Tolerance image010offers a place for educators to find thought-provoking news, conversation and support for those who care about diversity, equal opportunity and respect for differences in schools. Visit their website by clicking here.


The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)]image011a leader in the development of materials, programs and services, builds bridges of communication, understanding and respect among diverse groups. Access their resources by clicking here.


image012Religion in the Public Schools. The issue of the proper role of religion in the public schools continues to be the subject of great controversy. School officials, parents and students — as well as lawyers and judges — wrestle with these questions every day. However, clear standards and guidance are elusive. This handbook will help provide a roadmap through this terrain.