Educators are encouraged to explore the recently released Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educational Resources website to better support the inclusion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders history and contributions, according to a memo from the New Jersey Department of Education.

The Sample Activities and Lessons page features numerous AAPI-specific websites that provide educational resources and materials for consideration. Additionally, the NJDOE is planning professional development and training opportunities in the upcoming months to support adding such content to curriculums.

 On Jan. 18, 2022, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation that:

  • Ensures that the contributions, history, and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are included in the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Social Studies in kindergarten through grade 12 (L.2021, c.416).
  • Establishes the Commission on Asian American Heritage within the NJDOE (L.2021, c.410). The purpose of the commission is in part to “survey, design, encourage and promote the implementation of Asian or Asian American cultural and educational programs in this state.”

In accordance with P.L.2021, c.416, local educational agencies are required to select and adopt inclusive instructional materials that portray the cultural diversity of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for implementation in the 2022-2023 school year. LEAs must seek the assistance of the Commission on Asian American Heritage in fulfilling the requirements of this legislation.

For questions regarding these resources, contact standards@doe.nj.gov.

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