Professional Development Tools

When working to develop a more welcoming elementary school environment one of the first places to start is with the adults in the community.  Many educators don’t have the experience, language, or comfort level to interrupt hurtful behavior particularly bias based on bullying such as race, gender or gay-based namecalling and hurtful teasing. Professional development is a place to begin the process of learning and practice.

Welcoming Schools has trainers and consultants throughout the United States who can work with you to develop training plans for your school.


STREAMING: What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year-olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians

Facilitaiton Guide: What Do You Know? [PDF]

Professional Development Film and Guide: What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders 

Equity, School Climate and Academic Achievement [PDF]

Key Elements for a Training on Developing a Gender Inclusive Elementary School [PDF]

Making Decisions - Ally or Bystander: Short Activity [PDF]

Looking at Family Inclusiveness with The Great Big Book of Families [PDF]

Ice Breaker: Sharing Challenges in Discussing LGBT Topics [PDF]

Ice Breaker: A Reflection on Experiences with Bullying [PDF]

Laws and Civil Rights Activity [PDF]

Responding to Questions About LGBT Topics: An Interactive Skill-Building Exercise [PDF]

Cultivating Conversations about Differences [PDF]

Read Arounds: A Quick Way to Look at Research on Bullying, Gender and Families [PDF]