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.

Gay-Straight Alliances

Gay-straight alliances

It's interesting because there seems to be a lot of effort put into stopping gay–straight alliances from meeting, but it's a net positive for the whole school environment if you have one in place.

—Eliza Byard (DeWitt, 2011, p. 13)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students have siblings, relatives, and friends, all of whom have to come to grips with knowing their loved one is gay. When people come out, regardless of their age, those close to them sometimes feel as if they never knew their friend at all. Being in the closet is often equated to living a lie. Unfortunately, it's not living a lie as much as it is not being able to accept who you are, and not knowing if ...

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