ENCOMPASS

Reduce prejudice and intergroup conflict among youth. Create safe and inclusive schools.
Sep 26, 2012

preparing for new school year

Kevin and our fantastic cast of 2012
Kevin and our fantastic cast of 2012

A quick update:

  • We are thrilled to report that we have signed on for another year of training teachers for the Beginning Teachers Support and Assessment (BTSA) program in Orange County, California.  We are making some exciting changes to the program, including using videos to help teachers assess their own comfort and competence in handling specific situations of homophobia in the classroom.  The teachers will be able to do the self-assessments online before attending our training - this will allow us to customize the training and to have more time for the interactive component
  • .We have a new partnership with two excellent organizations that are working to change school environments - Western Justice Center and Community Matters.
  • Our program will now be offered through the Institute for Safe and Inclusive Schools which will allow us access to a larger number of schools.
  • We've been approached by a student filmmaker who wants to do a documentary about the program- from the perspective of the student actors.  This student was part of our original cast so we are excited to have her play a role in telling our story. More on this soon!
Apr 3, 2012

public radio report and new partner

Cast 2011-2012
Cast 2011-2012

A quick update on the Creating Bias-Free Classrooms program:

We’ve had great success training hundreds of teachers in Southern California.  Here are a few representative comments:

  •  "There is a line in one of the scenes where the student says, 'teachers act like they don't see anything that goes on around here'.  That really struck me.  When it comes to homophobic bullying, there is some truth to that.  I never really thought about it before this training.  I react right away to racial remarks, why not anti-gay remarks?  This training did make me uncomfortable but probably also will make me a better teacher." 
  • "I didn't really think this would be relevant for 2nd grade teachers.  I was totally wrong.  After the training, I realized that there are all sorts of small incidents that occur all the time in class.  They may be too young too do the harshest type of bullying but the attitudes are already forming.  I can do something about that."
  • "Wow, this was very eye-opening. I'm sad to say that my schools really isn't a safe place for kids like Alex.  If every teacher went through this training, that would surely change."

Listen to a report on KPCC, public radio about our project:

We are developing a new partnership with Lee Wind, the creator of this award winning blog for LGBT teens: http://www.leewind.org/  Look for some exciting new offerings soon!

Sep 30, 2011

Preparing to train more teachers

youth actors rehearsing a classroom scene
youth actors rehearsing a classroom scene
A brief update on the project you support:
  • We have selected a cast of 12 students and have begun rehearsing for our first training on October 13.  It's a terrific group and they are very excited to be a part of the program.
  • We are adding a new trainer to our team this year - welcome Melissa Morgan!
  • We are thrilled to report that we have just received funding from the California Endowment for this project.  

As always, we are grateful for your ongoing interest in stopping homophobic bullying in schools.

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