Tools and Guides for School Leaders
Creating a Safe Space for LGBTQ Youth: A Toolkit
This is an online toolkit created by Advocates for Youth is designed to help youth-serving professionals: educate themselves on LGBTQ issues, educate youth to understand and support their LGBTQ peers, and to create awareness and safe space among staff.
GLSEN Safe Space Kit
This kit is designed to help educators create a safe space for LGBTQ youth in schools, the Safe Space Kit features the Guide to Being an Ally to LGBTQ Students. This guide provides concrete strategies for supporting LGBTQ students, educating about anti-LGBTQ bias and advocating for changes in your school. It also includes a tool to evaluate your school’s climate, policies and practices.
Best Practices for Creating an LGBTQ-inclusive School Climate
These best practices from Teaching Tolerance were compiled to give school leaders the knowledge they need to create a climate in which their most vulnerable students feel safe and valued.
Speak Up!: Improving the Lives of GLBT Youth
Video by Media Education Foundation (Offers an online preview).
Welcoming Schools Starter Kit
Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive guide for administrators, educators, parents and guardians who want to strengthen their schools’ approach to family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying. Welcoming Schools is specifically designed for use in K-5 learning environments and is inclusive of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender families and individuals in the broader context of diversity. This itroductory guide with tools and resources is available online for free.
Working with LGBTQ Students of Color: A Guide for Educators by GLSEN and the Hetrick-Martin Institute
GLSEN Webinar Series
This series offers ready to watch webinars on topics such as Supporting Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Students, Supporting your
GSA, Is it Getting Better?, Elementary School Climate, The Experiences of LGBTQ Youth Online, etc.