Gender & Race Equity
Professional Development Required for School District Staff
Sec. 14.18.060(b) Discrimination in textbooks and instructional materials prohibited
The board shall establish by regulation standards for nondiscriminatory textbooks and educational materials. Each school board shall provide training for all its certificated personnel in the identification and recognition of sex-biased materials.
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4 AAC 06.530 Guidance And Counseling Services
(a) School personnel assigned to provide guidance and counseling services, shall plan and implement programs and services, and use materials, that encourage students to explore and develop their individual interests in vocational programs and career opportunities without regard to gender. This may include encouraging students to consider nontraditional occupations.
(b) Before December 15 of the school year beginning after 6/4/93, each school district shall establish, have on file, and implement written procedures for the biennial training of all certificated personnel who are assigned to provide guidance and counseling services. Training must include the recognition of gender bias in counseling materials and specific techniques that may be used with students to overcome the effects of gender bias. (Eff. 10/31/82, Register 84; am 6/4/93, Register 126)
Authority: AS 14.18.010, AS 14.18.040, AS 14.18.080
To view the Regulation in its entirety, search for the regulation 4 AAC 06.530 here.
4 AAC 06.550 Review Of Instructional Materials
(a) Instructional materials must portray people or characters of each gender in a wide variety of occupational, emotional, and behavioral situations, and present each gender in a broad range of its human potential.
(b) Before December 15 of the school year beginning after 6/4/93, each school district shall establish and implement written procedures
(1) for the biennial training of certificated personnel in the recognition of gender bias
(A) in instructional materials,
(B) in career instruction, and
(C) in instruction techniques that may be used to overcome the effects of gender bias and discrimination; this training must be at least three hours in length;
(2) for the review of textbooks and instructional materials for evidence of gender bias; or discrimination; this review may occur as part of a district's established curriculum review cycle; and
(3) for the replacement or supplementation of materials found to exhibit gender bias or discrimination, according to the general textbook and instructional materials replacement procedure of the district.
(c) The procedures required by (b) of this section must be submitted to the commissioner within 30 days after their establishment or modification.
(d) Nothing in this section requires a district that is in substantial compliance with the requirements of this section to adopt new or different procedures. (Eff. 10/31/82, Register 84; am 6/4/93, Register 126)
Authority: AS 14.18.010, AS 14.18.060, AS 14.18.080
To view the Regulation in its entirety, search for the regulation 4 AAC 06.550 here.
Available EED resource to comply with the above statutes/regulations
Gender and Race Equity eLearning Course will fulfill Alaska statute 14.18.060 (B) (please note: district staff are not required to utilize this resource. Districts may use alternative resources).