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.
Chapter Six: Following Through: School Board Policies and Codes of Conduct
Following Through: School Board Policies and Codes of Conduct
Youth suicides prompted by anti-gay bullying have brought unprecedented public attention to LGBT school safety. And while we need to make sure every individual student is safe, a decade of research shows that the problem of discrimination and harassment in schools needs to be addressed through policy. It is time to focus on state laws and school and district policies that can make our schools safer for all children. (Russell, 2011, p. 25)
School administrators understand that power and influence with parents and students increase when their school district has a school board policy to support them. However, most policies that protect students from harassment and bullying include language ...