Laying groundwork is one of the keys to success when embracing family diversity, avoiding gender stereotyping, and ending bullying and name-calling in K-5 learning environments.
Creating a safe and welcoming school for all children and families takes many people. Work with others. Collaboration is key.
For a set of key materials from Welcoming Schools to help you get started, download the Welcoming Schools Starter Kit.
To start developing a more welcoming school, ask yourself these questions:
Do the educators and staff in your school feel prepared to address hurtful teasing, bias-based bullying or gay put-downs? Do they feel comfortable answering questions about family diversity?
- Check out materials in Teachable Moments to be ready when tough situations arise.
Help educators and staff be prepared, hold professional development training on these topics with materials from Welcoming Schools.
Do you want to talk with someone to get help figuring out a good place to start in your school or to lead a training?
- Contact a Welcoming Schools regional consultant for advice.
- What level of support is there among the administration, the parent/guardian community, and the educators in your school or district?
- Do you need to assess what your school is doing now and what you could do to develop a more welcoming school?
Do people question the need for addressing gay put downs or family diversity in elementary school?
- Hold a screening of Welcoming Schools award winning film, What Do You Know? Six to Twelve Year-olds Talk About Gays and Lesbians.