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“At Least One Kid Like That”

Posted by Guest Contributor, April 04, 2014

“Oh, I have at least one kid like that in my class every year. I just assume they’re going to be gay so I don’t say anything.”

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What to expect when you’re not expecting (a child to ask that question)

Posted by Kim Westheimer, March 21, 2014

"Why is he wearing a dress?" "Why does she talk funny?" Why does her food smell strange?" Turning tough questions into teachable moments.

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A “Buddy Bench” Makes Recess More Inclusive

Posted by Rohmteen Mokhtari, December 06, 2013

A 2nd grader at Roundtown Elementary takes action to ensure none of his classmates are left out during recess.

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From the Field: A Parent’s Perspective

Posted by Guest Contributor, October 29, 2013

Welcoming Schools teaches our children awareness and appreciation of differences in human beings and families, and consequently, the richness and beauty that lies in all sorts of diversity.

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National Coming Out Day is for Everyone

Posted by Welcoming Schools Staff, October 11, 2013

No one should have to live a lie and the more students, staff, and families that get to be out in our schools, the safer our schools become for all students with all of their differences.

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Students, Parents, Educators Join Together for Film Premiere on Preventing Bullying

Posted by Rohmteen Mokhtari, September 27, 2013

The premiere of "What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying and Bystanders" was a reminder of the hunger out there for substantive tools to address bullying and help students embrace differences.

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Why Are Students Silent About Bullying?

Posted by Cathy Tully, September 24, 2013

18% of 3rd graders don't report bullying to adults. By 12th grade that number is up to 47%.

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A Mosaic Portrait of the Red State/Blue State Divide

Posted by Kim Westheimer, August 19, 2013

Talking to LGBT-headed families at Family Week all states began to seem more like a mosaic then a sheet of solid color.

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Growing Momentum to Protect Transgender Students

Posted by Rohmteen Mokhtari, August 15, 2013

Students learn best when they feel safe and included at school. But far too many transgender students are denied such a safe place to learn and thrive.

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What a Six Hour Flight Taught me About the Need for Inclusive Schools

Posted by Guest Contributor, August 05, 2013

A surprising conversation with a fellow passenger reminds me why I do this work.

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