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Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Colorado Public Schools

Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Colorado Public Schools

On July 8, 2020, Governor Polis signed into law HB20 – 1336.  This legislation includes several elements focusing on the teaching of the Holocaust and Genocide in Colorado.  Specifically, on or before July 1, 2023, each school district Board of Education and charter school shall incorporate academic standards on Holocaust and Genocide studies into an existing course that is currently a condition of high school graduation.  Said standards shall be recommended by a stakeholder committee and adopted, on or before July 1, 2021, by the State Board of Education and should identify the knowledge and skills that students should acquire related to Holocaust and Genocide studies, including but not limited to the Armenian genocide.  In addition, the CDE shall create and maintain a publicly available resource bank of materials pertaining to the Holocaust and Genocide, no later than July 1, 2021.

The CDE is looking for 10 – 12 experts in the fields of Holocaust and Genocide studies to review the current Colorado Academic Standards for social studies regarding the knowledge and skills that students should acquire related to the Holocaust and Genocide studies.  Based on this review, the committee will make recommendations to the State Board of Education regarding revisions to the Colorado Academic Standards for social studies. Additionally, this committee will make recommendations towards the development of a resource bank with materials pertaining to best practices and materials in Holocaust and Genocide studies.  Interested parties should complete an application here, no later than September 16, 2020.


Timeline

On or before July 1, 2021: The Holocaust and Genocide Committee will make recommendations for adoption of standards to the State Board of Education.

On or before July 1, 2021: The CDE will have created a resource bank with the guidance of a committee of experts in Holocaust and Genocide studies.

On or before July 1, 2023:  Local school districts must incorporate the adopted Holocaust and Genocide standards into a course required for high school graduation.


Committee

Expectations for committee members

  • Participate in 4 committee meetings throughout the 2020-2021 school year
  • Review the Colorado Academic Standards for social studies
  • Make recommendations for standards adoption
  • Make recommendations for resources to be included in resource bank

Process for convening committee

  • Meetings will be conducted in a virtual setting through video conferencing, at least through the fall 2020
  • Meetings may occur in person in the spring
  • Meetings will be open to the public

Selection of Committee members

The application to serve on the Holocaust and Genocide committee is now available.  To apply to serve on the committee, please complete the application by September 16, 2020.

 


Contact:
Stephanie Hartman, Ph. D.
Social Studies Content Specialist
Office of Standards and Instructional Support
hartman_s@cde.state.co.us