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.