HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive, bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for Pre K - 12 educators and youth-serving professionals.
Our program uses an intersectional, anti-racist lens dedicated to actionable policies and practices. We uplift school communities with critical tools to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.
125,000 educators in 43 States and Canada have participated in the Welcoming Schools Professional Development Program to gain critical skills for creating LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools where all families and students are welcomed and can thrive. Over the past 4 years, these educators have impacted over 10.5 million students.
School communities using the Welcoming Schools approach for 3 years have reported a 50% reduction in behavioral referrals, an increase in literacy and math skills and improved attendance. Families and students report an increased sense of belonging and feeling valued in their schools.
After a Welcoming Schools training, 90% of educators know how to actively support and affirm transgender and non-binary students. Prior to the training, only 42% of educators felt they could adequately support students around gender identity.