Subject: strictly FYI: Events in NY, WA, Vermont, Nationwide
From: Tara DeZao <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 18:02:30 -0700

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:


(1) Webinar: Fostering a positive school and community climate for middle and high school youth (June 28th, NY - Online)

(2) PBS Television Programming "Two Spirits" (June 27th, Nationwide)

(3) Welcoming Schools Training (August 15,17,19, Seattle, Lakewood, Yakima, WA)

(4) GiveBIG Challenge (June 23rd, Seattle, WA)

(5) GLSEN Climate Survey - Ongoing - National

(6) Camp Outright Summer Camp - (August 14-20, South Hero, VT)


(1) Webinar: Fostering a positive school and community climate for middle and high school youth (June 28th, NY - Online)

June 28, 4 pm - Webinar: Fostering a positive school and community climate for middle and high school youth
regardless of their sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity.

This panel discussion, facilitated by Melanie Puorto, Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health's
Suicide Prevention Initiative, will feature panelists from The Trevor Project, The Long Island Crisis Center's
Pride for Youth program, and Price Center of the [NY] Capital Region discussing the challenges faced by
LGBTQ youth, as well as practical strategies and steps schools can take to promote the well-being and academic
success of all students More info:

(2) PBS Television Programming "Two Spirits" (June 27th, Nationwide)

Mon. June 27th, 10 pm (check you local listings) on PBS "Two Spirits".  Explores traditional Navajo belief that there are four genders via the 2001 murder of transgender Navajo teacher, Fred Martinez.  Duration: 60 minutes.  Genre: parents picks.

This article discusses Fred Martinez' murder and efforts to keep his spirits alive:


(3) Welcoming Schools Training (August 15,17,19, Seattle, Lakewood, Yakima, WA)

Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach offering a tool kit to create welcoming

schools that address family diversity, avoiding and eliminating gender role
stereotyping, and ending bullying. Each one-day training is designed to meet the needs
of pre-school and elementary-level educators, school staff, and child serving agencies.
It is STRONGLY suggested that schools bring teams to these sessions, if at all possible.
Any school that brings a team of three or more will receive either a free staff training
or a free consultation meeting during the 2011-2012 school year.

Welcoming Schools was developed specifically for the primary level and includes

administration, teacher, and community support strategies that foster the following:
♦ Respecting family diversity and encouraging family involvement across the community€”including
non-traditional family structures such as adoptive families, foster families, children being raised by
their grandparents, and LBGT-headed families, etc.
Avoiding gender stereotyping€”examining gender roles and expectations, gender expression and
non-conformity, and interrupting and preventing bias.
♦ Ending name calling and bullying through clear policies and procedures that prohibit harassment,
intimidation and bullying; and by providing curricula that are inclusive and applicable for teachable
moments with children.
Participants will be provided with:
♦ An overview of data from the most recent Washington State Healthy Youth Survey and how to
access the data for your district.
♦ An understanding of Washington State€™s requirements related to anti-harassment, intimidation,
and bullying policies and procedures.
♦ An increased understanding of the relationship between academic achievement and a safe
learning environment.
♦ Best practices for addressing bullying and building a positive school climate.
♦ An overview of teacher training resources to bring back to your building.
♦ An overview of classroom resources including vetted children€™s literature and curriculum related
to family diversity and inclusion.
♦ Opportunities to build skills in talking about gender and sexual orientation in age-appropriate ways.

This training opportunity is sponsored by OSPI and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

For questions and more information about the training, please email Tracy Flynn:
Six free OSPI clock hours will be provided.
Coffee, pastries, and snacks will be provided by Starbucks. Lunch will be on your own. Feel free to bring
your lunch so we can continue our discussions. All locations will have limited lunch options available.
To register: Go to and sign up for the
August 15 (Seattle), August 17 (Lakewood), or August 19 (Yakima) training.

Link to PDF Flyer:


(4) GiveBIG Challenge (June 23rd, Seattle, WA)

SAVE THE DATE!! If you donate June 23rd, your gift will be matched!!
HELP NEEDED: Be a part of the GiveBIG Challenge, on June 23rd.  GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable-giving
extravaganza inspiring people to donate generously to their favorite nonprofits (like the Safe Schools Coalition) through
The Seattle Foundation.  When you make a donation that day through The Seattle Foundation website, your gift
will be matched proportionally!!! 

(5) GLSEN Climate Survey - Ongoing - National

GLSEN Climate Survey 2011 - CALLING ALL STUDENTS in middle school or high school in the past year.
Check out the attached flier and website here.  The 2011 National School Climate Survey is GLSEN's seventh national
survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth. It is a crucial tool in GLSEN's mission for
 fighting bias in K-12 schools across the nation.


(6) Camp Outright Summer Camp - (August 14-20, South Hero, VT)

Camp Outright is a seven day/six night residential summer camp program for LGBTQQA youth, ages thirteen and older,
from throughout New England. The program will be a traditional summer camp experience and campers will participate
in a wide variety of daily activities based upon their interests, including swimming and boating, team games like soccer
and baseball, archery, and tennis. Other activities will include visual and performing arts, nature exposure activities,
 and special topical workshops to address needs stated by LGBTQQA youth.

Register by July 1st:



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