Policy & Statute
Broward County School District insures that all district staff adhere to these policies and guidelines to establish the safety of all students, including youth from varying backgrounds, cultures and identities. Below are some relevant policies and laws that relate to diversity.
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.
Policy 1.5 Diversity: “The School Board of Broward County prohibits any policy or procedure, which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, marital status, race, religion or sexual orientation. The School Board is committed to providing schools that promote acceptance, cultural diversity, equity, fair play, respect, and tolerance, and reinforce the positive tenets of a democratic society. The School Board recognizes that diversity is important in providing competent services in an inclusive setting. Students and staff with diverse backgrounds shall be provided the opportunity to develop greater skills and increased sensitivity in working with others and learning to function more effectively as members of a pluralistic society.
Anti-Bullying Policy 5.9: The School Board of Broward County Policy 5.9 prohibits the bullying, harassment, cyberstalking and cyberbullying of any student or employee on the basis of any one of the following protected categories: sex; race; color; religion; national origin; age; disability; marital status; socio-economic background; ancestry/ethnicity; linguistic preference; political beliefs; social/family background; gender; sexual orientation; gender identity and gender expression.
School Board of Broward County Non-Discrimination Policy 4001.1: The School Board of Broward County shall not discriminate against students, parents or guardians of students, employees, applicants, contractors, or individuals participating in School Board sponsored activities. The School Board is committed to the provision of equal access. This policy is established to provide an environment free from discrimination and harassment based upon age, race, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, sex or sexual orientation.
Florida Statute 1006.147: “The Jeffrey Johnston Stand Up for All Students Act” prohibits bullying or harassment of any student or employee of a public K-12 educational institution, whether at a school, on a school bus or via electronic device.
The Professional Code of Conduct for the Education Profession of Florida: The educator values the worth and dignity of every person and essential to the achievement of these standards are the freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal opportunity for all.
The Fourteenth Amendment The Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution (Equal Protection): The United States Constitution guarantees all people equal protection under the law. This means public school officials and employees may not single out a student for negative treatment based on prejudices against a certain culture or identity. The Constitution’s equality also means that public school officials may not turn a blind eye to anti-LGBTQ harassment or treat it less seriously than other forms of harassment.
Title IX Title IX of the Education Amendment Acts of 1972: Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in education programs and activities that received federal financial assistance. Although Title IX does not expressly apply to discrimination based on sexual orientation, it does prohibit gender-based harassment, such as harassment on the basis of student’s failure to conform to stereotyped notions of masculinity and femininity.
Monthly Multicultural Connections
African American Related Resources
Access resources for the study of the history of African Americans:
- Black/African American History
- African American History Month official website
- African American History Task Force: 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.
- Everfi - 306 African American History (grades 9-12)
Haitian Related Resources
Access resources for the study of Haitian Heritage Month and/or Haitian Flag Day:
Hispanic Related Resources
Resources for the study of Hispanic contributions to the United States:
Holocaust & Genocide Related Resources
Below are resources for the study of the history of the Holocaust and other genocides.
Holocaust specific resources:
- Jewish American History Month: FAU's Links from the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education (CHHRE)
- Anne Frank Online
- Anti-Defamation League
- Fortunoff Video Archive
- Fritz Bauer Institute Study and Documentation Center on the History and Impact of the Holocaust
- Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research: Holocaust Education
- H-Holocaust Discussion Network
- Holocaust Library
- The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Program
- Learning From History: on-line lessons about National Socialism and the Holocaust in Germany
- NEXT GENERATIONS
- Riga Ghetto Museum
- RFK Project SEATBELT
- Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance
- Social Studies School Services
- Survivors of the Shoah
- U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
- Wannsee Conference Memorial and Education Site
- Yad Vashem
- Florida Commissioner's Task Force on Holocaust Education Designated Center Organizations and University Programs:
Genocide prevention and human rights websites:
- Albert Einstein Institution
- American Anti-Slavery Group
- Amnesty International
- Appeal of Conscience Foundation
- Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law
- Coalition for the International Criminal Court
- Committee on Conscience
- Gendercide Watch
- Genocide: Resources for Teaching & Research
- Human Rights Watch
- International Center for Transitional Justice
- International Crisis Group
- Minority Rights Group International
- Peace Negotiations Watch
- Peace Pledge Union
- Survival International
- United Nations High Commission for Refugees
- Women for Women International
- Genocide in Darfur specific resources:
- 24 Hours for Darfur/video clips and other information
- Africa Action
- Darfur Stories - a staged reading based on Darfuri experiences
- Darfur is Dying/MTV activist video game
- Dream for Darfur/Olympics
- Enough/a policy think tank
- Genocide Intervention Network
- Help Darfur Now/a nation-wide student organization
- International Crisis Group
- Invisible Children
- Kukummi: National High School Coalition for Darfur
- MTVU/Sudan: Transcending Genocide
- Physicians for Human Rights
- Save Darfur Coalition
- Students Against Genocide
- Teens for Peace
Websites specifically for students and teachers in grades 6 - 12:
- Armenian Genocide
- Auschwitz Museum
- Cambodian Genocide
- Ellis Island Home Page
- Facing History & Ourselves
- Genocide Project
- Ghetto Fighters' House
- History Place
- History Channel
- Holocaust History Project
- Idea - A Journal of Social Issues
- International Ed & Resource Network (Sugihara)
- Jewish Foundation for the Righteous
- Museum of Jewish Heritage (NYC)
- Nuremberg War Crimes Trials
- Promote Tolerance
- PBS (Public Broadcasting)
- Raoul Wallenberg
- Southern Institute for Ed & Research
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Teacher Resource Center
- The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Non-Jewish Victims
- The History Net
- The Jewish Virtual Library (Holocaust)
- Topography of Terror
- Univ. of South Florida Teacher Guide
- Primo Levi Interview
- Web Genocide Documentation
LGBTQ Related Resources
BCPS is committed to providing the highest quality education in a safe, respectful and violence-free environment. Please Note: A program or website being mentioned here does not imply endorsement by the School Board of Broward County and does not necessarily reflect its views. Contact the program developers directly for the most current information. Access these resources to begin teaching anti-bias now:
- Anti-Defamation League has numerous excellent resources on diversity and tolerance. The Anti-Defamation League is a partnering organization with BCPS. This civil rights, human relations agency fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals, and protects civil rights for all people. Use the powerful resource, “Unheard Voices: Stories of LGBT History” which will help integrate LGBT history, people and issues into your instructional programs.
- Division of Violence Prevention’s website highlighting resources for school violence. This site includes a number of resources including fact sheets, tips for coping with stress, data resources, prevention resources, and current CDC research on youth interpersonal violence.
- In the last few years, our district launched the Emmy-nominated video “Insuring LGBTQ Health and Safety” to help educate leadership and staff. This video includes powerful and engaging interviews with district leaders, including our superintendent, directors and allies, educators and numerous students who identify as LGBT and allies. We have created a short “Educators’ Discussion Guide” so the video can be used as a teaching tool with students. Please use discretion when considering developmental levels of learning. Download the video.
- First Call for Help, 211 Broward is a 24-hour, free, confidential telephone Helpline for crisis/suicide counseling, empathetic listening and community information and referrals for health and human services resources in Broward County. Just Dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211
- GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) is a national organization that works to end homophobia and transphobia in K-12 schools. Go to GLSEN for solid resources such as best practices for inclusive and affirming curriculum such as, “When Did It Happen? LGBT History for Grades 9-12” and “Think Before You Speak: A Guide for Educators from 6-12.
- The Inclusive Schools Network offers 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.
- It’s OK to Feel Different is an activity for students grades K-5.
- Mix It Up at Lunch Day – see also Teaching Tolerance.
- National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has information on research based curriculums and proven programs.
- Broward County’s local Stonewall Museum and Archives promotes understanding through preserving and sharing the proud culture of LGBT people and their significant role in society.
- Teaching Tolerance provides classroom activities and teaching kits with videos. Teaching Tolerance offers 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.
- “That’s so Gay!” videos ask if you been reminding others to “Think B4 You Speak” at school or in your community. Click to View VIDEOS and/or to download the corresponding Educators Guide.
"For our K-5 classrooms, Welcoming Schools is a diversity initiative that our district has launched in several elementary schools in BCPS. Welcoming Schools is an inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and name-calling through the lens of anti-bias education so all elementary schools can be inclusive, respectful, supportive environments for our diverse students and families. View the powerful 9 minute video, “What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders,” is to be used as a teaching tool for both adults and students."
- Who We REALLY Are offers a read aloud story, “I Look Like a Girl” by Sheila Hamanaka, for students grades 1-5. With it they make their own self-portraits.
Muslim Related Resources
Access resources related to American Muslim Heritage Month:
Race Related Resources
View resources on how to facilitate a discussion on race:
- Facilitating a Discussion Regarding Race Teacher Guide
- Facing Race: STRATEGIES FOR LEADING AN HONEST CLASSROOM CONVERSATION ABOUT RACE IN AMERICA
Attend a Courageous Conversations training to learn more about how to honor, value, respect and connect with every student, staff, and family from diverse backgrounds, cultures and identities.
We Are Broward, Immigrant Support Plan Toolkit
Women's Related Resources
Access resources for The study of women’s contributions to the United States:
Your Choice, Your Action, Your Life
Use these PSA videos, made with BCPS students, along with their corresponding lesson plans to raise awareness and spark dialogue around issues related to bullying and diversity. Most can be used with students grades 4-12.