Training

Welcoming Schools

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Training Details
Training Time:
  • 1½ – Hours or 3-Hours Sessions
  • Sessions can also be tailored to the needs of the state or local affiliate.
Modules: 7
About

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the nation’s premier professional development program providing training and resources to elementary school educators to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.

Objectives

The Welcoming Schools Training Program has 7 learning objectives with accompanying modules:

  • Embracing Family Diversity
  • Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools
  • Preventing Bias-Based Bullying
  • Creating Gender Inclusive Schools
  • Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students
  • Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review
  • Intersectionality: School Practices with an Intersectional Lens
Modules

Embracing Family Diversity

3 hours minimum
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Embracing Family Diversity

Participants will learn the importance of seeing and embracing family diversity and how to answer questions from students and families about the importance of welcoming all families in their school community.
● Activity: “What is a Family?” drawings
● Film and Debrief: Our Family
● Data: Family statistics read around
● Activity: Books about families
● Website Exploration: Family resources
● Activity: Welcoming Schools family lesson plans jigsaw
● Practice: Responding to children’s questions and comments about family

Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools

3 hours minimum
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Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools

Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools: Participants will learn how to develop LGBTQ inclusive classrooms and answer questions from students and families related to LGBTQ topics.
● Reflection: Early memories of LGBTQ people
● Film and Debrief: What Do You Know? Kids Talk About LGBTQ Topics
● Activity: LGBTQ Dominoes (vocabulary)
● Data: Statistics about LGBTQ students
● Practice: Responding to “That’s so gay” and other anti-LGBTQ comments
● Role Play: Responding to concerns about being LGBTQ inclusive
● Website Exploration: LGBTQ resources
● Activity: Checklist for a welcoming school

Preventing Bias-Based Bullying

3 hours minimum
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Preventing Bias-Based Bullying

Participants will understand the critical need to proactively address the biased behavior that can lead to bullying and learn how to foster ally behavior among students, staff and other adults.
● Reflection: Personal experiences with bullying
● Film and Debrief: What Can We Do? Bullying, Bias and Bystanders
● Sample Lesson Plan: “Ally or Bystander”
● Discussion: Defining bullying
● Data: Statistics around bullying
● Role Play: “The Bully Circle”
● Activity: How to intervene when bullying occurs
● Special Topic: Cyberbullying
● Website Exploration: Bullying resources

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools

3 hours minimum
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Creating Gender Inclusive Schools

Participants will develop a framework for creating a gender inclusive school and learn how to respond to challenging questions related to gender.
● Activity: What is gender?
● Sample Lesson Plan: “The Gender Snowperson”
● Reflection: School experiences with practices that reinforce the gender binary
● Discussion: Ways to address gender role stereotyping
● Video and Debrief: “Riley” (gender marketing)
● Sample Lesson Plan: “Designing a Welcoming Toy Store”
● Video and Debrief: “I Am Me”
● Vocabulary: Gender definitions
● Practice: Responding to gender-based put-downs
● Website Exploration: Gender resources

Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students

3 hours minimum
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Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students

Participants will understand the critical need to create safe and supportive schools for transgender and non-binary students and become familiar with policies and best practices to support transgender and non-binary students.
● Film: JR, a Dad for Transgender Equality
● Data: Statistics for transgender students
● Review: Protective laws and policies
● Sample Lesson Plan: “The Gender Snowperson”
● Activity: Gender Dominoes (vocabulary)
● Review: Best practices (names and pronouns, dress codes, restrooms, etc.)
● Practice: Responding to push-back around gender rights
● Review: Privacy and confidentiality
● Sample Lesson Plan: “Red: A Crayon’s Story”
● Website Exploration: Gender resources

Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review

1½ hours minimum
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Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review

Participants will become knowledgeable about federal, state and school district level laws and policies, as well as language to strengthen current policy and advocate for enumerated protections for all students.
● Review: Constitutional protections and federal laws
● Data: Youth Risk Behavior Survey and National School Climate Survey
● Special Topic: State-specific laws
● Activity: Case study

Intersectionality: School Practices with an Intersectional Lens

3 hours minimum
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Intersectionality: School Practices with an Intersectional Lens

Participants will explore the concept of intersectionality and how to use it as a framework to create school climates that are affirming and welcoming for students’ whole selves.
● Discussion: What is intersectionality?
● Film and Debrief: Intersectionality and Schools
● Activity: “Navigating Complexity”
● Data: Intersectionality statistics read around
● Video and Debrief: “Privilege and Allyship”
● Sample Lesson Plan: “My Many Identities”
● Reflection: Identity
● Activity: “School Practices at the Intersections”
● Website Exploration

Testimonials
“As a Paraeducator, I can now go back to my school and use the tools I learned to break down barriers to create balance for students.”

2018 NRCP Conference

Paraeducator
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“After going through all 4 modules, I am now empowered to speak up, respectfully, to colleagues who talk adversely about students and help change their behavior. ”

Washington

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