Subject: Strictly FYI: Safe School Coalition Resources Digest December 2012
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Date: 12/30/2012 2:56 PM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends,

1. Introductions
2. PFLAG’s Film Recommendations
3. GLSEN and Groundspark join forces on new curriculum kit
4. GLAAD’s Notable Coming Out Stories of 2012
5. Answer’s Online Professional Development series: LGBTQ Issues in Schools


1. Introductions

Hello, everyone. My name is Ernestine Heldring and I’m excited to be the new monthly Resource Digest editor for the Safe Schools Coalition. I’m from the Netherlands  where I used to be a Social Studies teacher. Now I work in New York City for Scenarios USA, a national educational non-profit that uses writing and film to promote sexual health and social justice. Safe Schools Coalition has been instrumental in my work as a curriculum developer so I’m very excited to show my support for the organization this way. I need your help, though! Please send me any resources (books, films, curricula, etc.) that you think might be useful or relevant to SSC’s members and other readers via


2. PFLAG’s Film Recommendations:

Are you looking for some good movies to watch over the break? Check out these suggestions:

Link to the PFLAG post:


3. GLSEN and Groundspark join forces on new curriculum kit

GLSEN is proud to share a wonderful resource that users (Elementary School teachers) of Ready, Set Respect! will find helpful as they prepare to implement any of their new toolkit's "Respectful Learning Plans." Their partners at Groundspark are providing a free stream of the educator training version of their pioneering documentary film, It's Elementary-Talking About Gay Issues in School. Find out about the toolkit, the film and partnership here:


4. GLAAD’s Notable Coming Out Stories of 2012

Can you remember the names of all the celebrities who came out in 2012? “GLAAD commends all those who bravely stepped out of the closet this year. Each liberating announcement is crucial in decreasing the stigma still attached to being LGBT.” Refresh your memory by clicking here:


5. Answer’s Online Professional Development series: LGBTQ Issues in Schools

This is an interactive, self-paced online workshop for middle and high school health professionals to increase their knowledge of LGBTQ issues and how to make the school environment more inclusive for all students. Learn more about the organization by clicking here:



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Beth Reis, Public Health - Seattle & King County
Michelle Munro, not representing a member org
Mo Lewis, King County Sexual Assault Resource Center
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