Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students

Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students

ISBN-10:
1612509428
ISBN-13:
9781612509426
Pub. Date:
08/09/2016
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
ISBN-10:
1612509428
ISBN-13:
9781612509426
Pub. Date:
08/09/2016
Publisher:
Harvard Education Press
Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students

Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students

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Overview

Safe Is Not Enough illustrates how educators can support the positive development of LGBTQ students in a comprehensive way so as to create truly inclusive school communities. Using examples from classrooms, schools, and districts across the country, Michael Sadowski identifies emerging practices such as creating an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum; fostering a whole-school climate that is supportive of LGBTQ students; providing adults who can act as mentors and role models; and initiating effective family and community outreach programs.
 
While progress on LGBTQ issues in schools remains slow, in many parts of the country schools have begun making strides toward becoming safer, more welcoming places for LGBTQ students. Schools typically achieve this by revising antibullying policies and establishing GSAs (gay-straight student alliances). But it takes more than a deficit-based approach for schools to become places where LGBTQ students can fulfill their potential. In Safe Is Not Enough, Michael Sadowski highlights how educators can make their schools more supportive of LGBTQ students’ positive development and academic success.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612509426
Publisher: Harvard Education Press
Publication date: 08/09/2016
Series: Youth Development and Education Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 1,042,427
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Sadowski teaches about youth development and education at Bard College and is director of the Bard Early College–Hudson Initiative, a program to offer Bard courses to high school students in New York’s Hudson Valley. He is the author of In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood (Temple University Press, 2013) and Portraits of Promise: Voices of Successful Immigrant Students (Harvard Education Press, 2013). He also is the editor of the Harvard Education Press book series on youth development and education; Adolescents at School: Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education, now in its second edition with Harvard Education Press; and Teaching Immigrant and Second-Language Students: Strategies for Success (Harvard Education Press, 2004). He has written numerous articles and book chapters for publications such as Educational Leadership, Issues in Teacher Education, and the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, and he has contributed op-ed pieces to the LGBTQ news magazine the Advocate. In addition, Michael was editor of the Harvard Education Letter, for which he won the National Press Club Award for analytical newsletter journalism; served as a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; was vice-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth; and taught high school and middle school English and theatre at public schools in New York and Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Foreword Kevin Jennings vii

Introduction: Beyond "Safe" Schools: Educating the Next Generation of LGBTQ Students 1

1 Bringing the Conversation into the Classroom 21

2 Transforming the Building 39

3 Turning Adversity into Activism 53

4 Tapping into Community Assets 67

5 Respecting the "T" in LGBTQ 81

6 Opening Up Spaces for Discussion 97

7 Making It Elementary 113

8 Where Do You Start?: Beginning with Core Values-but Not Ending There 133

Afterword: Beyond "Better": Envisioning the Ideal School for LGBTQ Students 145

Appendix A Artifacts of Practice 153

Syllabus for Sara Barber-Just's Course "LGBTQ Literature" at Amherst (MA) High School 153

Sample Assignment from Sara Barber-Just's Course "LGBTQ Literature" at Amherst (MA) High School 156

"Why Our Middle School Has a Gay-Straight Alliance," Donald F. Gately EdD, Principal, Jericho (NY) Middle School 158

Farrington (HI) High School GSA 2014-2015 Calendar of Events 164

Los Angeles Unified School District Policy Bulletin, "Transgender Students-Ensuring Equity and Nondiscrimination" 167

Decatur (GA) High School Group Information Prescreening Form 177

"Responding to Some Concerns about Being LGBT-Inclusive," from Welcoming Schools: An Inclusive Approach to Addressing Family Diversity, Gender Stereotyping, and Name-Calling in K-5 Learning Environments 181

Avon (IN) Community School Corporation 2012 Strategic Plan 186

Appendix B Online Resources 187

Notes 195

Acknowledgments 205

About the Author 207

Index 209

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