All students deserve a safe, respectful school environmentStudents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgendered are susceptible to being harassed by their peers and are at high risk of dropping out of school. This book provides professional development ideas and strategies that will help educational leaders foster a more caring school culture not only for LGBT students, but for all students. Peter DeWitt provides specific strategies for school leaders that includeImplementing a student code of conduct and school board policies to safeguard studentsHelping staff members recognize and respond to overt and covert LGBT issuesProfessional development guidelines to equip staff to interveneWays to include appropriate LGBT topics in the curriculumSupporting Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) in middle and high school settingsThis practical and compassionate guide contains numerous cases and examples, proposed strategies and templates for codes of conduct (including the NY Code), book study questions, and links to pertinent articles, websites, and blogs for further information. Dignity for All helps inform educators of the issues and methods for building acceptance in a diverse world.
This book provides professional development ideas and strategies that will help educational leaders foster a more caring school culture not only for LGBT students, but for all students.
Preface Acknowledgments About the Author 1. The Silent Minority Our School Experiences What It Means to Be Gay The Need for Role Models Harassment and Discrimination of LGBT Students Negative Stereotypes of LGBT Students Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions 2. Bullying of LGBT Students Where Bullying Behavior Begins Cyberbullying Setting the Tone in School Safeguarding and Supporting LGBT Students Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions 3. The Role of Schools The Impact Schools Can Have on LGBT Students Keeping Students Safe Teacher Biases Professional Development Parent Outreach Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions 4. Curriculum Matters Diverse Literature at an Age-Appropriate Level Supportive Learning Environments for LGBT Students Curriculum Elementary School Gender Differences and Character Education English Language Arts Social Studies Guest Speakers Who Address Bullying After-School Enrichment Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions 5. Gay-Straight Alliances Why Schools Should Offer a GSA The Parameters of Creating a GSA Events Held by a GSA Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions 6. Following Through: School Board Policies and Codes of Conduct Laws That Support School Decisions School Leaders Embracing the Sexual Diversity of Students A Shared Vision: Creating School Codes of Conduct Creating School Board Policies How Parents, Staff, and Students Can Help Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions Questions to Ponder 7. Important Stories From Higher Education Appendix: NASP Position Statement: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth References Index
"Dignity for All is a wise book that will help administrators, teachers, and parents work together to make sure that our schools are welcoming for all of our students. Peter DeWitt provides the insight and ideas to lead the way in including LGBT students." -- Diane Ravitch, Research Professor"In this book, a group of students that is often misunderstood and frequently maligned finds a voice. Educators whose reach extends to every student will discover here a deeper understanding of these students' needs as well as sound advice on addressing those needs." -- Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor"Leaders set the tone for their buildings. Peter DeWitt offers an important resource for teachers and administrators that will help create an inclusive school for all students." -- Todd Whitaker, Professor"Dignity for All provides educators with critical information on the experiences of LGBT students in our schools and how to create safe and affirming spaces for these youth. Grounded in his experience as a teacher and school administrator, Peter DeWitt makes vital knowledge accessible for those on the front lines in schools." -- Eliza Byard, Executive Director"This book is a valuable resource guide for schools considering a course of action. It is recommended for all high schools seeking progressive change." -- Kevin Beach * VOYA, August 2012 *
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