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READ ME FIRST: Learning About Sexual Diversity at School. What is Age Appropriate?
Created by Beth Reis for Safe Schools Coalition. Updated in June 2013.
(pdf format)
And in color:
http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/whatisageappropriate-color.pdf (pdf format)

American Sexuality Magazine (journal from the National Sexuality Resource Center at San Francisco State University):  http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/Index.cfm?Page=31&PageID=0&

Beyond Heroes and Holidays: A Practical Guide to K-12 Anti-Racist, Multicultural Education and Staff Development: book of lessons and readings for staff development, some of which could be used with secondary students - 1998, E. Lee, D. Menkart and M. Okazawa-Rey, ISBN: 1878554115. Provocative sections on family, cultural literacy, technology, language, holidays and heritage and more. Mostly NOT about gay youth, but does contain two readings on their issues. Washington, D.C.: Network of Educators on the Americas. $20 + $7 s&h; Phone: 202-238-2379; Email: necadc@aol.com; Web Site: http://www.teachingforchange.org ... grades K-12

Challenge Day - offers 'Be the Change' programs and activities to schools and communities. These are daylong experiential workshops and follow-up programs are designed to tear down the walls of separation, inspiring participants to live, study and work in an environment of compassion, acceptance and respect, and to truly be the change they wish to see in the world. Overall, the aim is to increase self-esteem, shift dangerous peer pressure to positive peer support, and eliminate the acceptability of teasing, oppression and all forms of violence. Currently serves schools throughout the US, Canada and some International Schools. The Challenge Day vision is to create a world where every child feels safe, loved, and celebrated. The essence of their program is summarized in what they call the formula for change: Notice - Wake up! Choose - Dream it! Act - Do something!  " ... we are committed to doing at least one intentional act of positive change every day." Address: 2520 Stanwell Drive Suite 160 Concord CA 94520; Phone: 925-957-0234; Email: office@challengeday.org; Website: http://challengeday.org/ and see the Challenge Day Program Coordinator's Handbook  http://challengeday.org/downloads/CD_C_Handbook.pdf (pdf format)

Challenging Homophobia in Schools: A K-12 resource by the Gay and Lesbian Educators of British Columbia. K-12 resource for educators, counselors and administrators to aid in the support of, and education about, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and families.  It includes rationales for why LGBT materials belong in the classroom, background on a variety of oft-used terms and concepts, lesson plans, and a list of resources, complete with ordering forms.  Comes shrink-wrapped and pre-punched to fit into three-ring binders. (2004, $26.00, 250 pp.) GALE-BC, Box 93678 Nelson Park PO, Vancouver, BC, V6E 4L7, Canada. Email: gale_bc@canada.com and Web site: http://www.galebc.org

GLBTQ Online High School's GLBTQ Studies course specifically for teachers. This is a great opportunity to learn about glbtq history, culture and politics with the opportunity to earn graduate credits from Hamline University. Great for California teachers looking for ways to meet the new lgbt history requirement!  For more information, see http://www.glbtqonlinehighschool.com/glbtq-studies

The GLSEN Lunchbox: A Comprehensive Training Program for Ending Anti-Gay Bias in Schools (A GLSEN Publication) - A comprehensive training program that offers teachers, guidance staff, and administrators in K-12 schools a menu of exercises and activities aimed at providing educators with the background knowledge, skills and tools necessary to build awareness of LGBT issues and develop more inclusive school environments. The kit contains 25 training exercise cards, a binder with 90 pages of handouts/resources, a video, 140 GLSEN Safe Zone stickers, and GLSEN pencils and bookmarks.  (2000) 

Go Ask Alice (the health information web pages of Columbia University's Education Program): http://www.goaskalice.columbia.edu

Guidelines for Identifying Bias in Curriculum and Materials: from the Safe Schools Coalition. This two sided poster/handout looks at stereotypes, language, omission, exclusion and perspective. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/identifyingbias.html

Harvey Milk Day Curriculum and Web Resources: from The California Safe Schools Coalition, GSA Network, and Our Family Coalition - hosted by Safe Schools Coalition. For educators to access curriculum about Harvey Milk, in the spirit of the California law signed in October 2009, to enable schools to conduct lessons remembering the life of Harvey Milk, recognizing his accomplishments, and familiarizing students with the contributions he made to California and the LGBT community. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/HarveyMilkDay/

Hero and Role Model Cards: from the Safe Schools Coalition. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/herorolemodelcards.pdf  (pdf format)

Inclusive Curriculum: The Silent Minority Comes to the Classroom (GLSEN Los Angeles) Includes ten lesson plans that address sensitive gay and lesbian issues for K-12 students as well as background articles, a glossary and resources for further investigation.  (K-12, 1998, 164pp.)

A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender Educator's Process for Coming Out: by past WEA General Counsel, Jerry Painter. Includes 'Things To Do If You Feel You Are Being Targeted Because of Your Sexual Orientation'. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/COMINGOUT-adviceforschoolstaff.pdf  (pdf format)

Lesbian and Gay Voices: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide to Literature for Children and Young Adults by Frances Ann Day - Presents educators, administrators and librarians with a comprehensive collection of the top literary works in this area for youth of all ages. Through thoughtful annotations, evaluation guidelines, and author profiles, Day guides her reader through the world of lesbian and gay literature with insight and organization.  (2000, 268pp.)

LGBT History Month-by-Month from Safe Schools Coalition: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/blackboard-history.html

Multicultural Lesson Purposes from Omaha Public Schools – very helpful in teachers' lesson planning! Go to: http://www.ops.org/mne/multi.purpose.html

Not Round Here: Affirming Diversity, Challenging Homophobia - a Rural Service Providers Training Manual - by Kenton Penley Miller & Mahamati of Outlink, a project of the Human Right and Equal Opportunity Commission (Australia).  http://www.hreoc.gov.au/pdf/human_rights/Not_round_here.pdf  (150 page pdf format)

Our Whole Lives: a progressive, comprehensive, value-based sexuality curriculum addressing human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Teaches about sexual orientation and gender respectfully in the context of a whole human person. Originally developed for the Unitarian and UCC churches, but has been adapted for non-sectarian settings. Training is available. Phone: 1-800-215-9076; Web site: http://www.uua.org/owl â grades K-adult

The "Parents and Professionals" page of the Sex Etc. web site (from Rutgers University's Network for Family Life Education): http://www.sxetc.org/index.php?topic=Parents+and+Professionals&PHPSESSID=f02ea58a0e84d68c6f261612022788a1

Peace Games is a K-8 program. "Peace Games believes that children are peacemakers - not simply victims, perpetrators or witnesses of violence. Peace Games' mission is to support young people as peacemakers and to change the way our nation views young people in the context of violence ... Research tells us that violence is learned, that just as students learn how to read or ride a bike, our children learn how to fight, hate, and kill. If violence can be learned, so can the skills of peacemaking. However, this kind of learning takes a school-wide commitment: time, attention and sustained partnerships." Peace Games involves staff development, a family newsletter and family events, professional development for volunteers, a weekly curriculum, service learning projects and "Targeted activities to support students who need special opportunities." More info: http://www.peacegames.org

Queer Youth Advice for Educators: How to Respect and Protect Your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Students: WKCD/Next Generation Press just produced this 38-page document that gathers the voices and experiences of 30 LGBT youth (students) across the country created by poet and author Abe Louise Young and the youth contributors. It's available as a free download at: http://www.whatkidscando.org/featurestories/2011/06_queer_youth/index3.html.

ReCAPP: Resource Center for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (from ETR, the publishers of many of the most widely used health education resources): http://www.etr.org/recapp/

Safe Schools Manual: by Out for Equity/Out4Good of St. Paul and Minneapolis - This comprehensive manual has recently been distributed to all public schools K-12 in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.  It is a collection of materials and resources to aid educators and other staff members in combating homophobia and developing safer, more inclusive school climates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.  More than 200 pages cover issues such as gay and lesbian history in the United States, forms of homophobia, and GLBT youth counseling.  Comes shrink-wrapped.  (2000, 200+ pp.) Web site: http://outforequity.spps.org/safe_schools_manual.html

SIECUS: The Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States: http://www.siecus.org/

Strengthening the Learning Environment: A School Employee's Guide to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Issues, 2nd Edition, National Education Association. 2006. Includes statistics, Legal Issues (harassment of students, employment discrimination, and more), and strategies for supporting GLBT students and employees, preventing suicide, understanding sexual orientation and racial/ethnic minorities, including transgender students or colleagues, ending the bullying and harassment of students, ending the harassment and discrimination of school employees, responding to objections, enhancing staff development and improving classroom instruction. Go to: http://achievementgaps.org/nea/StrengtheningLearningEnvironment06.pdf (pdf format)

Support Services for Sexual Minority Youth (formerly titled "A Safe Place for Questions") available free from the San Francisco Unified School District. Contains lessons on family for first grade, respecting differences for grades two to five, name-calling for sixth grade, stereotypes for eighth grade, and homophobia and history for high school. Also contains sections on making your campus safe, counseling, and cultural considerations. Contact people are Kevin Gogin and Olivia Higgins; address: 1515 Quintara St., San Francisco, CA 94116; phone: 415-242-2615.

Tackling Gay Issues in School (English), Abordando la Tematica Gay en la  Escuela (Spanish): resource binder, background info, lesson plans â 2001, L. Mitchell for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut and GLSEN: The Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. Fantastic compendium of information and lesson plans available FREE online! Divided into three sections: Rationale (for the inclusion of les/bi/gay/trans issues in school), Recommended Curriculum and Staff Development Activities, Recommended Extracurricular Activities and Resources. Email: leifygreen@aol.com; Web site: http://www.ppct.org/education/curr/tackling/tackling.htm â grades K-12  

Using "Partner" Is Not Enough: Teaching About Sexual Orientation Effectively and Responsibly:  http://nsrc.sfsu.edu/HTMLArticle.cfm?Article=327&PageID=98&SID=A54C985060A5CFA9C06BC228193060D4 

Safe Schools for Everyone Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Students: from the National Education Association .  http://www.nea.org/schoolsafety/glbt.html

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