This post discusses my journey from art teacher to MSW student, and why I felt compelled to create this website and podcast dedicated to Creating Safe Schools for LGBTQ+ students – which creates safe schools for all students.
This morning I couldn’t sleep. I was up, at 3:30 am, thinking about the students I’ve spoken with in my podcasts, thinking about how many adults – adults who are charged with keeping students safe – are letting those students down. These were my thoughts.
My first podcast episode, in which I list some actions allies can take to help make schools safer and more affirming.
Teachers and Administrators can be among the most influential people in the lives of LGBTQ+ students. In the Classroom Display your support in your classroom – the Safe Space symbol, rainbow colors, trans colors, non-binary colors, etc. (Swanson & Gettinger, 2015). Announce your preferred pronouns to your class and in your email signature. Announce GSAContinue reading “Actions Allies Can Take”
First, Ensure that Your School’s Anti-Bullying Policy Specifies Protections for LGBTQ+ Students It is vital to specifically designate anti-bullying protections for students based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Schools must first ensure that their anti-bullying policy enumerates protections based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. Such enumerations clearly reduceContinue reading “School Anti-Bullying Policy”