2012 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award Finalist

All students deserve a safe, respectful school environment

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Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered are susceptible to harassment from their peers and are at high risk of dropping out of school. This book provides professional development ideas and real-life vignettes that will help educational leaders foster a more caring school culture not only for LGBT students, but for all students. Peter DeWitt presents specific strategies for school leaders that include: Implementing a student code of conduct and school board policies to safeguard students; Helping staff members recognize and respond to overt and covert LGBT issues; Professional development guidelines to equip staff to intervene; Ways to include appropriate LGBT topics in the curriculum; Supporting Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) in middle and high school settings

This practical and compassionate guide contains numerous cases and examples, strategies and templates for codes of conduct (including the NY Code), book study questions, and links to pertinent articles, websites, and blogs for further information. Dignity for All helps inform educators of the issues and methods for building acceptance in a diverse world.

Curriculum Matters

Curriculum matters

When we open a good book and read about a character that we identify with, it's like the weight of the world goes away and everything around us is going to be all right. Everyone needs an escape from their daily lives. Turning on the television, reading books, or seeing billboards as we drive to work or school exposes us to a variety of images that are predominately heterosexual. Where are the homosexual images that can help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) kids and adults feel normal? The hidden curriculum is that being heterosexual is normal and being gay should be hidden. The reality is that there are many people who feel that way, including politicians who use it as a ...

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