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 Seven: Important Stories from Higher Education
Important Stories from Higher Education
As much as we want to see inclusive high schools where students feel comfortable coming out, we know that there are still thousands of students who cannot take that important step forward. They may feel unsafe in their high school setting or even within their home environment, and sometimes may not know they are gay until they get out of their home communities.
Fortunately, there is important work being done in the college setting that may assist those students who wait until college to come out. The following vignettes are examples of college programs that help support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) student community. Their work offers the same important supports that all students need ...