Fairfield schools include black and Latino classes, a new science option

FAIRFIELD – The school district has introduced two new courses for high school students next school year.

The new courses are part of environmental chemistry and African American, Black, Porto, and Latino studies.

School officials said the Department of Environmental Chemistry will provide an opportunity to provide students with the current level of education. Gov. Ned Lammont, who comes to the Department of Black and Latino Studies, After signing the law in 2019, Connecticut became the first state to offer public high school courses in black and Latino studies.

Lisa Oliverre, director of social studies and student-centered education, said: “We are very fortunate that this Black and Latino study course is very close to the principles of this district and the Board of Education.” Recognizing, respecting and encouraging the dignity and worth of every student is something that the Board of Education exposes.

“We are delighted to see such a strong line-up,” he added.


Under Public Law 19-12, all state and local school boards must include elective high school education in order to better understand the contribution of black and Latino communities to the United States. Education includes these through the lens of history, society, economy and culture.

While high schools are allowed to offer this year, all high schools will be required next year. Although the district has customized their offerings, Fairfield will be one of 50 districts to take the course.

“It will be an education that is accessible and exciting to our students and will inspire and motivate students by making choices,” said Oliver.

Juniors can take one of three options in Fairfield. The first option includes traditional American history and 11 English courses. The second option involves multidisciplinary education in American studies.

The third option would be the new Black and Latino Studies course, multidisciplinary, full year, two credit course.

The first semester focuses on black and African American history, from African origins and the contributions of ancient African states to world civilizations, from 1915 to the modern day for the black movement for equality. Classes examines black literacy, liberation and organization, opposition, politics, power, and how African Americans endured slavery.

The second semester focuses on early U.S. civilization, as well as on the opposition and opposition of Portoreka and Latino culture.

The curriculum meets the requirements for ELA and Common Core State Standards.

Board members Jennifer Jacobson questioned the school’s true accessibility, despite its belief that it would be useful. Because Fairfield offers this course only as a junior, Jacobson believes that some students do not choose this course over other options.

“I’m a little worried that you will rise in American history and that election will take place,” Jacobson said. “Because American history is a standard and this is not the case, we may lose people who might want it because it has become so important throughout the year.

Oliver said these questions and feelings were on the minds of the Fairfield Public Schools Black and Latino Studies Course Committee. However, Oliver said the new course meets the requirements for American history, so students can take both classes.

Environmental Chemistry Course A one-year college preparatory course that combines chemistry with earth science.

School officials say it examines the central role that students play in solving global challenges and the opportunities of modern society in the long run. The course is intended for 10th graders and serves as a course in AP Chemistry and AP Environmental Science Readiness Course.

The course allows students to explore real-world events, which in turn motivates and prepares them for advanced studies and careers in science and engineering.

The lesson examines the origin and structure of things; Chemical reactions and interactions in the environment, sustainability chemistry, living systems chemistry, global warming and energy and climate change chemistry.

“The science program does not provide a framework for scientific thinking skills,” said Justin Lassala, director of secondary science and STEAM.

He added: “This course provides an opportunity for students to study physical science, chemistry and earth sciences in one course that focuses on real world and environmental issues.”

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