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What Do You Say to “That’s So Gay”?

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., September 09, 2014

Erin Smith is an elementary school science teacher in a small southern city. She is also gay. And more than once she’s heard a student tell another that something is “so gay.” It’s never a compliment....“I think all educators should prepare themselves for tricky situations,” says Erin.

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I Am Jazz: New Children’s Book Raising Awareness of Transgender Children Released TODAY!

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., September 04, 2014

Once again, Jazz Jennings is helping people understand what it means to be transgender in her new childrens book, I Am Jazz. As she says,"I think what matters most is what a person is like inside. And inside, I am happy. I am having fun. I am proud! I am Jazz!”

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Teaching Love

By Kim Westheimer, August 29, 2014

First students looked at her with disbelief. After a few weeks they began to see that she meant what she said.

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A Back to School Message from Youth: Listen to us!

By Johanna Eager, August 29, 2014

How can educators better listen to students who step outside of gender-related expectations?

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Engaging Children in Conversations about Gender Identity, Race and Justice

By Guest Contributor, August 27, 2014

"We need to tap into the goodness and sense of justice that children bring into the world with them, and give them tools for maintaining those gifts as they encounter people and experiences that are different from their own."

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4 Simple Ways to Start the Year with a Welcoming Classroom

By Welcoming Schools Staff, August 25, 2014

Build community and upstanders in your class.

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Great Back to School Resources from Welcoming Schools

By Welcoming Schools Staff, August 25, 2014

Start the year with ideas and plans for developing a welcoming school where all students can thrive.

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Exploring All Kinds of Families with Chapter Books

By Kathy Pillsbury, August 25, 2014

Explore All Kinds of Families with Chapter Books

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Garden Oaks Montessori…‘making sure everybody has a place at the table’

By Welcoming Schools Staff, August 25, 2014

“When we create safe spaces for all people, we’re all the better for it. Nobody has to hide. And that’s just better for everybody.”

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For This Education Professor, Supporting Gender Expansive Students Is More Than Just Academic

By Rohmteen Mokhtari, July 29, 2014

"The reason I talk about my son openly is there is no shame involved,”

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