Welcoming Schools - A project from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation

STREAMING: What Do You Know?

Featuring students talking about what they really hear at school and what they want teachers to do. Spark discussion on what you can do to create a safe and welcoming school for all students. Download the Facilitation Guide and resources.

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

See experienced educators in action using Welcoming Schools’ lessons to help students stand up for each other and have real conversations on bias and bullying.

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Bullying and Name Calling

Welcoming Schools resources help elementary schools and educators address the many kinds of bias based bullying including anti-LGBT slurs and gender put-downs. Taking a proactive approach to end bullying will positively affect every student in your school.

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Welcoming Schools Experts in Your Area

Welcoming Schools trainers and consultants are working across the country to help communities make schools safe and welcoming for all students and families.

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Latina Teacher, HRC Welcoming Schools

Teachable Moments

You overhear a student exclaim, "That’s gay." Teachable moments like these provide us with an opportunity to move closer to creating welcoming schools.

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New to Welcoming Schools?
Creating a safe and welcoming school for all children and families.

Welcoming Schools Starter Kit

A set of key resources to create a more welcoming school.

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Welcoming Schoolsis an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments » Learn More

The Issues

Embrace Family Diversity

To succeed academically and socially, children need to feel that their family is part of the school community.
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Avoid Gender Stereotyping

Gender roles pressure students to conform to behaviors that may limit their full developmental potential.
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End Bullying

Teasing, name-calling and bullying affect the targets, perpetrators and bystanders.
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Your Role


Build a school community where all students are welcome and respected.
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Set the tone for a respectful, caring classroom.
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Parents or Caring Adults

Create a respectful environment at home and educate your school community.
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