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Educator Resources

As educators we know that all work in schools requires caring and respect. Correspondingly, all professional organizations associated with public education provide guidance on best practices with LGBT students. Guidance includes: inclusive and enumerated nondiscrimination policies, respect for sexual orientation and gender identity, including LGBT parents and employees, providing access to school facilities that match students’ gender identity, and caring enough to recognize students by the gender, name, and pronouns that match their identity, as well as protection from bullying and harm.

Break the Silence and Make School Safe for All Kids!

Awareness and Strategies for Teachers

Strategies for Teachers Best Practices Guide

Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") is an organization for students, parents, and teachers that tries to affect positive change by creating safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

GLSEN Network

Guidelines for Respectful GSA Discussion

Having a set of agreements will help ensure that your meetings are respectful and provide a safe place for everyone.

See Guidelines

Impact of Gay-Straight Alliances

This brief looks at just how important a Gay-Straight Alliance is for LGBT students and their allies.

Info on Gay-Straight Alliances

Make Your GSA Transgender & Gender Nonconforming Inclusive

Being inclusive means that your student club and its members commit to an ongoing process of education. Click here to learn more about making your club inclusive of transgender and gender nonconforming students.

How to become Inclusive

Prepping for School Year

GLSEN’s education team has created educator guides for each of our days of action, along with other resources for increasing LGBTQ visibility and affirmation in any curriculum. While prepping for the school year, keep in mind these simple things you can do to make sure your classroom is a safe and inclusive space for all students.

Resources for Any Curriculum

Students and Gender Identity

USC Rossier has created “Students and Gender Identity: A Guide for Schools,” which is a collection of tools and resources to support conversations surrounding gender identity in the classroom. Through this guide, we hope to help teachers, school counselors and school communities work together to create a safe and nurturing school climate for all students.

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Tips for Finding New GSA Members

Every GSA could use more members, right? We've heard your calls for GSA membership ideas and here it is! Click through for tips on finding new GSA members.

Finding New Members

TSER - Trans Student Educational Resources

Trans Student Educational Resources is a youth-led organization dedicated to transforming the educational environment for trans and gender nonconforming students through advocacy and empowerment. In addition to our focus on creating a more trans-friendly education system, our mission is to educate the public and teach trans activists how to be effective organizers. We believe that justice for trans and gender nonconforming youth is contingent on an intersectional framework of activism. Ending oppression is a long-term process that can only be achieved through collaborative action.

Trans Educational Resources

Professional organizations' guidance on best practices with respect to LGBTQ students:

Guidance includes: inclusive and enumerated nondiscrimination policies, respect for sexual orientation and gender identity, including LGBT parents and employees, providing access to school facilities that match students’ gender identity, and caring enough to recognize students by the gender, name, and pronouns that match their identity, as well as protection from bullying and harm.

National Education Association

The National Education Association provides 6 tips on classroom management and bullying. Article sections include explanation on how to: 1) Take complaints seriously; 2) Report the alleged bullying; 3) Reassure and not judge; 4) Get the student the appropriate professional health; 5) Stand up and speak out for students in need; 6) Do something.

NEA

American Federation of Teachers

The American Federation of Teachers also provide several resources, including classroom lessons (link is external)—which can be browsed by age group and topic—on bias, bullying, diverse perspectives, and discrimination.

AFT

National School Board Association

This article published by NSBA has thought-provoking questions to help guide education leaders as they make their communities more inclusive for LGBTQ+ students.

NSBA

National Association of Secondary School Principals

NASSP's Position Statement was issued to acknowledge concerns related to marginalization and institutional bias associated with transgender students; state the association's opposition to legislation and policies that discriminate against transgender students; and to provide recommendations for federal, state, and local policymakers and school leaders on how to better support transgender students in the K-12 education system.

NASSP