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Welcoming Schools News: Summer Reading, Marriage Equality and More!

By Welcoming Schools News, June 27, 2015

It’s summer! Before you dip your toes in the pool or pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read, take some time to look back at the school year. What worked and what didn’t? How can you make next year as welcoming and inspiring as possible for all students and their families? Let’s find out!

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After Charleston, Help Children Discuss Race, Prejudice and Bias

By Kathy Pillsbury, June 22, 2015

An important way to deal with the horrific killings in Charleston is to take action. As educators and parents, we can talk with our students and children about skin color, stereotypes and prejudice.

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Great Middle Grade Books on Families, Bullying, Bias and Gender

By Kathy Pillsbury, June 22, 2015

Do you want to use some new books in your classroom next year? Summer is a great time for reading new children's books.

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First Elementary School in Massachusetts Earns Welcoming Schools’ “Seal of Excellence”

By Ellen Kahn, Director, HRC Foundation Children, Youth & Families Program, June 18, 2015

A giant wall of paper hands spelling out “Welcome” greets visitors at Boston’s John F Kennedy Elementary School, the first in the state to fully engage in HRC’s Welcoming Schools program.

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A Passionate Dad Supporting His Gender-Expansive Child

By Welcoming Schools Staff, June 10, 2015

I want to protect my children from the bad parts of life, and being bullied, or not accepted…I want you to see my child as I do. See pictures of her smiling like the world has no gravity. See how lovely she looks in a sparkly dress. See how perfect she is. Then I want you to notice that all of my children look that way. So do yours….I don't ever want the light that beams from my children's eyes extinguished.

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A Brief Look at the History of Marriage in the United States Through Children’s Books

By Kathy Pillsbury, June 04, 2015

With the question of marriage equality before the Supreme Court this summer, discussions about marriage may arise in your classroom. For an historical look at marriage in the United States, consider using these picture books to look at how marriage laws have changed in the United States.

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“Growing Up Trans” on PBS Frontline

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., June 02, 2015

Parents, doctors and the children themselves discuss what it’s like to be a part of a new generation of transgender people who are able to “grow up trans,” rather than transitioning as adults like transgender people of previous generations.

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Blogging for LGBTQ Families: 10th Annual Event!

By Charles Girard, June 01, 2015

Join in as Mombian.org celebrates LGBTQ families.

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Welcoming Schools News: A Brand New Resource, Engaging Schools with Film Streaming and More!

By Welcoming Schools News, May 28, 2015

This month's newsletter is filled with new and updated resources just for you!

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New Resource To Stop Anti-LGBTQ Comments in the Classroom

By Charles Girard, May 22, 2015

This guide, created in collaboration with the National Education Association, helps educators to be proactive and provides tips on how to respond in the moment.

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