Family Diversity

Family is the most basic element of self-identification for young children. It is important for students to see their families reflected in the world around them, while at the same time learning about the diversity of families that exists in our communities.

Check out “Yes! They are a Family” for ideas for simple responses to student's questions.

Organize evening events for families to bring your school community together and involve more parents and guardians in your school.

Show the award winning film, What Do You Know? to help parents and guardians develop language to talk with their children about LGBTQ topics. Use it in a staff meeting, to begin discussion on stopping hurtful teasing and gay putdowns.

Practice how you might answer students’ questions about family diversity or about LGBTQ people.

Check out Who Can Marry Whom? Inclusive Conversations about Marriage. With marriage between two women or two men legal in all 50 states, your students may have questions.

Lessons on families are common in the early grades. Find inclusive lesson plans. The lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Use diverse books that feature all kinds of families in your classroom or school library.

Take a look at our recommendations for books for children that include LGBTQ characters.

Contact Welcoming Schools about training for your school or district. Ensure that the educators and staff in your school or school district have the skills to interrupt hurtful behavior and to develop a welcoming school environment where students from all kinds of families can achieve.

For some fun music, check out Dancin' in the Kitchen by Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer