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Yes, We Have a Book for That! Families, Gender, & Bullying

By Welcoming Schools News, February 27, 2015

This month we feature a sampling of our up-to-date diverse book recommendations for elementary schools to get students talking and learning about family diversity, gender stereotypes and identity, and bullying. Download one, two or all of them!

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Anti-Bullying Institutionalized—Parentage Article

By Guest Contributor, February 22, 2015

School can be a battlefield. Groups of kids splinter and collide in a heartbeat, forming cliques and finding targets to exclude, intimidate, push around, or call names...which programs work...according to Tarah Fleming, the education director at Our Family Coalition, [and Welcoming Schools regional consultant] ...“You can’t start in middle school, because there are already high levels of bullying by that time,” Fleming says. “You have to start preventatively.”

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Like A Girl Rocks the Super Bowl

By Kathy Pillsbury, February 01, 2015

For young girls, confidence plummets during puberty and many never fully recover. Always is on an epic battle to end that by changing the meaning of the phrase #LikeAGirl from an insult to mean downright amazing things.

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What DO You Say? Responses to Students’ Difficult Questions

By Welcoming Schools News, January 30, 2015

“She looks like a boy!” “Why does Martin like pink?” “What does gay mean?” “How can she be your mom?”

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THRIVE with Welcoming Schools Workshops

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., January 23, 2015

“This is a great opportunity for people who work with LGBTQ youth to learn strategies from people who are on the ground working with youth and educators on issues of LGBT and gender-based bias, as well as all forms of identity based-bullying, on a daily basis.”

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CNN: HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Program Fights Bias and Stereotyping in Schools

By HRC Staff, January 19, 2015

CNN features Welcoming Schools in its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day coverage with "How to Talk to Kids About Racism." Conversations around equality and bias are issues that need to be held year round, not just on holidays.

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Transgender Teen’s Death a Call to Action

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., January 03, 2015

Stories like this are powerful reminders to our community about the wounds that rejection can inflict – as well as the protective potential of accepting families.

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Happy New Year!!!

By Welcoming Schools Staff, December 29, 2014

Thank you to all who help make schools safe and welcoming for all students and their families. Free Resources!

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Hamline University - Ask the Expert: Bullying Prevention

By Welcoming Schools Staff, December 27, 2014

Hamline University adjunct professor, Cheryl Greene is an educational consultant for Welcoming Schools and a nationally certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer.

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Mario and His Skirt: Supporting Gender-Expansive Children

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., December 21, 2014

“All of a sudden parents start to admit that their kids [are expressing gender-expansive behavior],” Alexis says, like one mom whose son’s favorite toy is a pink Barbie car. “There’s no way that other parents haven’t had to tackle this. They just haven’t been talking about it.

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