A simple way to let students and families know your school welcomes everyone is to integrate books into your curriculum that reflect diversity.
Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools For All Children & Families
HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools by embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, and supporting transgender and non-binary students.
On May 18, join educators, parents, community leaders, and faith communities across the country. Organize a reading of the critically acclaimed children’s picture book, I Am Jazz, in your community.Sign Up Now!
Resources For Your School
Find books for your classroom, ready-to-use lesson plans, and ways to create a more welcoming school community. See All Resources
New to Welcoming Schools?
Download our Starter Kit that includes information on creating a better school environment with lesson plans, books, and tips.
We provide ways to answer challenging questions so you’ll be prepared to get your students the information they need.
Our facilitators help school staff work together to identify areas of change within the school.
Our approach is firmly grounded in research and case studies of the program’s efficacy.
Both of our films are geared toward educators and administrators to help create more inclusive schools.
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