“At first, I did not see why I was required to attend this training, I thought it wouldn’t be relevant for elementary school teachers. But the presenter and the student actors really showed us how much influence elementary school teachers have on student attitudes. I also have to say that the training, even though it was about a serious subject, was a lot of fun. It should be required for all teachers” – 2nd grade teacher
In the past few months, we have been training quite a few teachers from elementary school, even some who teach pre-K. They have been so open to learning about the topic – even when they think homophobic bullying only happens in middle and high school.
We’ve also been training teachers from private religious schools (away from their schools) and have been impressed by compassionate educators who care about all of their students’ safety and mental health –even when the school policies allow for the expulsion of students who are identified as LGBT. Standing up for a student without outing him/her is a real challenge for these teachers.
We are grateful for the opportunity to work with all types of teachers and to help them address the unique circumstances at their schools and create safety for students targeted by homophobia. We are grateful to YOU for helping make this project possible.
A quick update:
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:
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!