Strong leadership from administrators is critical to building a school community where all students are welcome and respected.
- Clearly communicate the importance of a safe and caring community for students and how that can improve academic achievement. Need help articulating the reasons or a few facts connecting safe schools and academic success, check out these resources.
- Ensure that the educators and staff in your school or district are prepared for teachable moments and can interrupt bias-based teasing and bullying.
- Check out Bias, Bullying and Bystanders: Tips for Elementary School Educators. [PDF]
- Take a look at our professional development resources for training ideas.
- In a staff meeting or professional development session, use our award-winning film, What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year-olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians as a starting point to discuss ways to stop hurtful teasing and bullying in your school.
- Need help developing and implementing plans to develop a more welcoming school, contact a regional consultant for Welcoming Schools.
- Engage the parent/guardian community in the school and their children’s learning. Check out our resources for evening events to engage families.
- For a set of key materials from Welcoming Schools to help you get started, download the Welcoming Schools Starter Kit.
- Review the evaluation of the Welcoming Schools pilot project from multiple districts in the U.S. to help you determine if Welcoming Schools is an initiative that will make a positive difference in your school or district.
“Our schools can, and should be, places where students are free to learn unencumbered by fear. It’s their right and our responsibility.” — From a Letter in Support of Welcoming Schools by the Superintendent of the Minnesota pilot site