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The Colorado State Board of Education adopted new social studies standards in 2022. Significant changes to the standards were required by Colorado House Bill 19-1192. Guaranteed by the state Constitution, Colorado’s local school district boards of education have final authority over what is taught in district schools. The following resources, recommended by Independence Institute, provide districts and schools with model standards and/or curricula that face the unvarnished history of America but also focus on its accomplishments and foster unity. Please contact Pam Benigno, director of Independence Institute’s Education Policy Center, for more information. You can contact Pam at Pam@i2i.org.

American Birthright: The Civics Alliance’s Model K-12 Social Studies Standards

American Birthright: The Civics Alliance’s Model K-12 Social Studies Standards
American Birthright
standards can be used to develop district or school social studies standards and curricula that teach American students about their birthright of liberty.

Video: Civics Alliance Executive Director Dr. David Randall shares the fundamentals of American Birthright with school board members.

1776 Unites Curriculum

1776 Unites offers K-8 and high school curriculum that tells the stories of black Americans whose tenacity and resilience enabled them to overcome adversity and make invaluable contributions to our country.

Video: Learn more about 1776 Unites.

Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism

Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR) offers model standards, curriculum, and professional development to support education that advances fairness, understanding, and humanity. Explore FAIR’s education webpages to discover a wealth of classroom resources.

Video: Learn about what it means to be Pro-human. (One of the numerous videos on the FAIR website.)

Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum

The Hillsdale 1776 Curriculum is a complete collection of lesson plans for teaching American history, civics, and government to K-12 students.

Is the Constitution Racist?

Listen to Constitutional Scholar Rob Natelson answer the question: Is the U.S. Constitution racist?

The History of Communism

Published by the Civics Alliance, the History of Communism Model State Standards provides a guideline for high school teachers to integrate the history of communism into social studies courses.