Experts in Your Area

Welcoming Schools staff and consultants are working all over the country to help elementary schools take a systemic approach to be inclusive of all kinds of diversity, including students with LGBT parents and students who are gender creative. They work with educators, administrators and parents/guardians to equip local communities to take advantage of our tools and resources. Whether you’re looking to plan a professional development training for school staff, create a Welcoming Schools task force or organize a family night – our experts are eager to assist!

Select a region below to learn more about the Welcoming Schools expert in that area, the work they are doing and how you can contact an expert.

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California

Welcoming Schools is proud to partner with Our Family Coalition (OFC) to bring our unique approach to California Schools. Four of our original pilot schools were located in the Bay Area and with the guidance of OFC, Berkeley Schools officially adopted Welcoming Schools as a part of their curriculum. OFC is also actively bringing Welcoming Schools to districts in Southern CA. Our California work is being led by our Regional Consultant Tarah Fleming who also serves as Education Director for OFC’s Welcoming & Inclusive Schools Program. Read More »
 

Midwest

A strong partnership with Minneapolis public schools and the mid-west office of the Family Equality Council helped launch one of the original Welcoming Schools pilot sites in Minneapolis, MN. Led by Welcoming Schools Regional Consultant Johanna Eager, we are continuing our work in Minneapolis as well as neighboring states. Read More »
 

New England

New England is the birthplace of Welcoming Schools. A committed group of educators, parents and administrators developed the program in the greater Boston area. It is also the site of one of the original pilot districts for Welcoming Schools, New Bedford, MA. The director of Welcoming Schools, Kim Westheimer, is based in Boston and has many years of experience leading safe schools initiatives in the Bay State and nationally. Read More »
 

Mid Atlantic

When the Welcoming Schools film, What Do You Know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians was premiered in Washington DC, we heard from teachers in DC public schools who had been successfully utilizing some of the easy to use tools found on the Welcoming Schools website. Welcoming Schools Associate Director Kisha L. Webster brings extensive experience as an educator and administrator to schools in the Mid-Atlantic looking to utilize the Welcoming Schools approach. Read More »
 

South

Some of the students featured in the film What Do You Know? Six to twelve year olds talk about gays and lesbians were from Alabama. The Southern Poverty Law Center hosted a screening for the families of children featured in the film and the film has also been featured in film festivals in Mobile, Alabama and Atlanta, Georgia. Interest in Welcoming Schools in the Southern region is constantly growing and our Regional Consultant Rhonda Thomason is hard at work bringing Welcoming Schools to schools and districts across the South. Read More »
 

Pacific Northwest

The first day-long introduction to Welcoming Schools, conducted in collaboration with the Safe Schools Coalition, was held in Seattle in 2010. The event drew teams of people from Washington schools, including Tracy Flynn, a parent and educator who is now our regional consultant in this region. Tracy now works directly with schools and organizes Introductions to Welcoming Schools for educators, administrators and parents throughout the Pacific Northwest. Read More »