Los Angeles Unified becomes first California school district to mandate gay curriculum (LA Weekly)


Yesterday, board member Steve Zimmer out-gayed the rest of the state’s school districts — even San Francisco Unified; woot woot! — with the state’s first solid plan to implement SB 48.

Under his resolution, all schools within LAUSD must do the following in their classrooms within three months:

  • Promote positive images of LGBT individuals.
  • Make available age-appropriate LGBT inclusive curriculum for elementary and secondary schools.
  • Require that newly adopted social studies materials include positive representations of LGBT and persons with disabilities.
  • Include LGBT sensitivity in outreach, education, and training for students, parents, and staff.
  • Remind staff of their duty to ensure that all students are safe and affirmed on campus, and to proactively intervene with acts of bias, harassment or bullying that they see, including, but not limited to LGBT-biased language and bullying.
  • Implement for all staff a training specifying legal responsibilities, effective practices, and concerns unique to LGBT individuals, similar to the district’s child abuse module.

LAUSD’s human relations coordinator, Judy Chiasson, tells the LA Daily News elementary-schoolers with same-sex parents will now “be allowed to make two Mother’s or Father’s Day cards without questions or concerns being raised by teachers.”

Read on.

Los Angeles Unified becomes first California school district to mandate gay curriculum (LA Weekly)

Writing + Teaching=???

How are you doing? You look great. I love your hair like that, did you change it?

First off, thanks to Shawna over at Shouting into the Wind for her concern about my absence.

Well, school is in full swing and I have been a little busy. Last year I taught reading all day which was nice because there wasn’t much grading to do at night. This year will be filled with essays and grammar! To make things more exciting, I took on the freshman English class the day before school started, so I am still prepping for the year. Luckily, we have a great team of teachers, and last year, they mapped the entire year out.

So where does that leave writing? Not sure yet. I just received an email from Warren about The Screenwriting Life’s Group Script Project, and I’m up next, after Shawna. I haven’t read the pages so far because I didn’t want to get any ideas early on that couldn’t be worked into the script. I can’t wait to read it and add my two cents! I have stopped the rewrite on INSECURE there is too much there. I wrote in over a three-year period so it is a bit garbled and disjointed. My wife gave me some great notes on it but I have no idea where to begin. I am going to send it to my friend, Brian this week and get his take on it. He doesn’t know this yet, so Brian, if you’re reading this, would you mind?

I have started my second screenplay which is tentatively called THE WANDERING HOUR. I have actually started work on this in screenplay and novel form and I am still not sure which way I will go.

So that is what I have been up to. Next up is my 10-year wedding anniversary on October 7th. Pam and I are going up to Monterey to a bed and breakfast.

I hope everyone is doing well and I write soon.


First Day of School

Hello all!

I know that it was been awhile, but I had to prepare for the new school year. Well, prepare as best as I could. I decided to take on an additional class. It will mean more money but I will lose a prep period and will have to create an entirely new lesson plan. It is a freshman English class. So, the total is now 6; 2 reading classes, 3 junior English classes, and 1 freshman English class. The reading classes are ready to go because I taught it last year. The great news is that I get to teach Of Mice and Men to the freshman. How great is that?!

Plus, the money will come in handy. We have some plans on the horizon that I will talk about later. Hints can be found in a previous post.

Well, I gotta run.

Take care!



We are getting new textbooks this year and I had to attend a week-long class.

Here’s why:

The students will get a lit book, a grammar book, and a work book, all of the rest are mine. I have about 12 additional books filled with support material including tests, handouts, overheads, and additional assignments. I also get CD’s, video tapes, and a CD-Rom for making tests.


This is in addition to teaching Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, and Inherit the Wind, an editorial, and a research paper.
It’s going to be a busy year.