Welcoming Schools Gives Me Hope: A Parent’s Perspective

By Guest Contributor, November 22, 2014

Finding Welcoming Schools gives me hope, a purpose as a mother and a teacher for my son and all the youth in his generation, that they might not have to live with as much hardship and judgment that I had to face.

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Family Engagement Key to a Welcoming School Community

By Charles Girard, Welcoming Schools Project Coordinator, November 22, 2014

“I have come to realize that schools can participate in a lot of professional development around social and emotional learning but until we bring families to the table we are missing an important link to changing the school culture.”

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A Dozen Diverse Chapter Books with All Kinds of Families

By Kathy Pillsbury, November 18, 2014

With engaging stories – some humorous, some heart-warming, some thought provoking and some all three – read diverse books featuring all kinds of families with your students to build connections, gain understanding and be prepared for a diverse 21st century.

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A Dozen Diverse Picture Books with All Kinds of Families

By Kathy Pillsbury, November 17, 2014

Books provide mirrors for students to see their families and lives reflected back to them, strengthening their self-esteem and connections. They also provide a window to the world for students to see the diversity around them and the possibilities ahead.

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Completing Our Lives: The Galvez Family

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., November 16, 2014

When Jason and Eric Galvez went on their first date in 2002, they spent hours talking about what they wanted for the future. “We talked about the importance of our faith, and the importance of having a family,” “It was always a long-term plan to adopt.”

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Grammy Award Winners Sing Out for ALL Families

By Kathy Pillsbury, November 14, 2014

Grammy Award winners plan release of new children's CD – Celebrating Diverse Families including Gay and Lesbian, Adoptive Families, Twins, Single Parents and YOU!

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Celebrate Adoption Month with Diverse Books!

By Kathy Pillsbury, November 10, 2014

Diverse books for elementary students featuring adoptive and foster care families. Picture books to chapter books. Engaging, informative, heartwarming.

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Jazz Jennings Named One of TIME’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2014

By HRC Staff, October 22, 2014

While most children her age are mostly concerned with school, friends and sports, Jazz is already a seasoned public speaker who, for more than half her life, has appeared on numerous television and radio shows sharing her story and the issues facing transgender youth.

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So Many Anti-Bullying Programs – How’s a School to Decide?

By Welcoming Schools Staff, October 07, 2014

Large school districts get multiple inquiries weekly from people wanting them to adopt their anti-bullying approach. Some offer their services for free; others charge enough to pay for a new gymnasium. Want some help deciding?

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CNN Article: 6 Ways to Embrace Gender Differences at School

By Guest Contributor, October 05, 2014

"The work that we do is not to make schools safer just for transgender students, but to make schools safe for everyone regardless of where they fall on the gender spectrum," said Kim Westheimer, director of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Family Project's Welcoming Schools initiative.

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