The Puget Sound Educational Services District is proud to collaborate with Welcoming Schools in combating all forms of social oppression. This includes expanding our view of diversity to other socially oppressed groups such as women, disabled, elderly and children, gays and lesbians, citizens of developing nations, etc.
Welcoming Schools, a project of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, is a comprehensive approach to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools with resources and professional development to:
Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Schools
- Look at simple ways to develop LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms and to be LGBTQ-inclusive across the curriculum.
- Be able to better answer questions from students and families related to LGBTQ topics.
- Become familiar with sexual orientation and gender identity terminology.
Embracing Family Diversity
- Learn the importance of seeing family diversity represented in your school.
- Understand family diversity as a means of teaching self-respect and respect for others.
- Be able to answer questions from students and families about the importance of embracing all families.
Preventing Bias-Based Bullying
- Be able to foster ally behavior among students, staff and other adults.
- Understand bystander behavior and be able to utilize the Bully Circle.
- Learn and practice critical intervention steps.
Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools
- Develop a framework for creating a gender inclusive school.
- Be able to respond to challenging questions related to gender.
- Understand how to support gender expansive and transgender students.
Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review
- Become knowledgeable of federal, state and school district level laws and policies.
- Become familiar with language to strengthen current policy and to advocate for enumerated protection for all students.
Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students
- Understand the critical need to create safe and supportive schools for transgender and non-binary students.
- Understand the complexities of transitioning and know how to support students on this journey.
- Be familiar with policies and best practices to support transgender and non-binary students.
To learn more, please visit: Research & Data: Bullying, Gender, Family Diversity, and LGBTQ Youth
If you have any questions please contact Heather Kawamoto.