|Subject: IMPORTANT: March meeting minutes and letter|
|From: "Reis, Beth" |
|Date: Thu, 20 Mar 2008 15:38:03 -0700|
|To: "SAFE SCHOOLS: post to main list" |
Dear Safe Schools Coalition members and
Dear Safe Schools Coalition members and friends:
HELP NEEDED is in RED
NOTE: The Coalition rarely sends attachments. This letter is an exception.
HELP NEEDED is in RED
3/18/08, 3-5 p.m. PST
Safe Schools Coalition Meeting
attendance: Arnold Martin, Settle
Counseling Service; Beth Reis, Safe
Schools Coalition (SSC) and Public Health Seattle & King County; Ethan
Blustein, SSC and Solid Ground; Frieda Takamura, Washington Education
Association (WEA); Heather Carter, Youth Suicide Prevention Program; Heather
Murphy, SSC and Individual; Helen Stillman, SSC and Lambert House;
(1) ANNOUNCING A CHANGE IN STAFFING – Beth
Woody, one of our two Justserve Americorps Members this year, has stepped down.
Solid Ground will be reassigning her. Thank you, Dream, for all you contributed
this year. Especially for the tabling and outreach you have done and for
organizing an intervention retreat. The
coalition had decided to have an initial training on Undoing Institutionalized
Racism, hold quarterly updates to ensure an ongoing conversation.
Anyone who has appointments scheduled with Dream, please contact us so we can reschedule with someone else ASAP: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
(2) DONATIONS – Beth
Thank you to Ted and Joyce Liljeholm for your recent donation.
PFLAG Olympia's February meeting - The Not-So-Straight Truth About Our Schools. 50 people were there (instead of our average about 15) and included administrators, teachers, students, parents, Evergreen College students and faculty, a Washington State Human Rights Commissioner & other interested folks. We had an excellent discussion that re-energized the board's passion to do more work on safe schools issues here. Thanks to Rosalinda for helping with the discussion, and thanks to Frieda for sending WEA posters so quickly after!
(4) REPORT FROM SSC-IDAHO – Shane
on School Visits: Shane visited staff
(5) SPECIAL EVENTS – Beth
a) March 9th Northwest premiere of “It’s STILL Elementary”
Huge success: 175 people attended. Thanks and photos here: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/ItsStillElementary-SeattleEvent.html
so much to the Planning Committee:
· If anyone needs larger photos contact Gabi: email@example.com
· Every Organization involved in coordinating this event should take credit for it!
· The Coalition raised about $1000.00.
· Is anyone interested in coordinating a Volunteer Appreciation event? Contact Helen: Helen@safeschoolscoalition.org
b) April 1: Laugh OUT Loud comedy event to benefit the Safe Schools Coalition at the Comedy Underground. Please come join us. Bring your colleagues, your partner, you whole GSA! More info, flyers and advance tickets here:
· E-mail Tracy Flynn firstname.lastname@example.org for Tickets!!
· Kathy Kaminski bought 10 tickets and will bring 9 friends. We encourage everyone who can to do the same.
· The Coalition will receive the full cost of tickets purchased through Tracy and half of the ticket cost at the door.
STILL Elementary” showing at ESD 123 in the Tri-Cities? In
(6) INTERVENTION TEAM REPORT – Penny, Frieda, Jim, Ethan, Frank, Seth, Kyle
a) Exciting news: Penny Palmer has agreed to take over as Intervention Chair!! Thank you, Penny. If anyone has feedback for Penny contact her at email@example.com.
interventions … updates on
Takamura and a colleague went to mediate a conversation with the staff at
Frieda has also requested that other GSAs send letters of
support to the GSA at
· The school has hired Pudget Sound ESD to do some systemic training on cultural competency.
The staff at
c) Publicizing intervention services via the web: Ethan
Ethan has created a
Myspace page for Intervention Services. He is in the process of adding music,
the story cards to the page, and photos from It’s STILL Elementary.
d) We need more Intervention Specialists
Washington State residence is required. Your role: providing crisis intervention and problem-solving help to a student, a family, or a school employee who is experiencing anti-LGBTQ harassment or violence at school. You may be in contact just with the person making the request or, occasionally, with their principal or others. The time commitment is one on-call day per week (agreeing to check email and phone messages a few times that day) and, on average, responding to one actual intervention request per month. That one actual intervention might require as little as half-hour or, perhaps once or twice a year, 8-10 hours of your time. You need to bring experience in schools or youth-serving health, mental health or social services. Interested? Contact us: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=10
(7) MEMBERSHIP REPORT -- Beth
Safe Schools Coalition is in need of a membership chair. It could be
your organization's in-kind alternative to dues! Or your personal way of
ensuring that others have what you didn’t when you were in school! You do NOT need to be located in
b) New org member applications: none this month
d) Join or renew for 2008 now!!! It’s easy and painless!!! Go to:
· For “In Kind” membership to the Coalition fill out the renewal form and state In Kind Donation and what your organization has done or will do in the future.
(8) LISTSERVE REPORT – Beth
a) Welcome to recent subscribers around US [CA, ID, IL, MI, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, TX & WA (Bellingham, Everett, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Mount Vernon, Seattle, Shoreline, Tacoma, Woodinville)] and in Ontario, Canada.
b) In January and February we sent an average of 8 messages per week (including an average of 1 per week to both the IMPORTANT NEWS and regular NEWS lists) about events, jobs, current news, research, resources, action, and lesson planning.
count, we had 847 subscribers in
at least (not everyone tells us where they are from) 11
d) Frieda has begun receiving 3 inquiries/ day, apparently sparked by the Listserv.
(9) SPEAKERS BUREAU/TRAINING TEAM/OUTREACH REPORT – Helen, Ethan, Beth
a) Recent speaking, training and outreach events
Armenakis and Nathan Shara did 3 trainings in
· Casey Family Panel. Since the training the program has added Transgender inclusive paperwork.
did training at
b) Upcoming events that other speakers & trainers could observe
Ethan will be training
9th and 10th at
c) Upcoming events still in need of speakers, trainers and outreach volunteers
d) State PTA Conference? (Bellevue PFLAG is stepping down)
· Ethan, Kyle, and Heather might be able to table for some of this event. If anyone else is interested contact Helen: Helen@safeschoolscoalition.org
· For more info: http://www.wastatepta.org/meetings/meetings.htm
(10) WEB SITE REPORT
We had a total of more
than 200,000 hits in February from more than 26,000 individuals (up considerably over January) in 113 countries
including, for example,
b) Youth pages update – Kyle is finishing up interviews of youth and community members to be added to the Youth page. Ethan and Kyle are conducting surveys about the design of the site. Please see below.
c) YOUR OPINION WANTED: Youth, please take a short survey about the youth pages on the Safe Schools Coalition's web site!! If you are a youth (under age 22), especially if you are an elementary, middle or high school student, please help us serve you better!! Go to this page http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/blackboard-youth.html and click on the survey at the bottom of your screen! If you work with or love someone this age, no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, please ask them to help us out, too.
(11) WASHINGTONIAN LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
Work can now begin on the 2009 legislative session. Interested in heading up a safe schools work group? It's a short term commitment of just 12 months! It means convening a group to explore other states' strategies and to consider what Washington needs to do next (some teeth or funds to enhance the effectiveness of the anti-bullying bill? some steps related to teacher credentialing? some instruction to OSPI and DOH related to identifying medically accurate, age-appropriate curriculum to address LGBT issues? got other thoughts?) Contact the Coalition to inquire or volunteer: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/contact/?id=4
· Ethan will coordinate an ad-hoc committee to work on future legislation.
· A research opportunity for a Grad Student! Connect issues in legislation with diversity issues. For example How do multiple oppressions affect academic achievement? Contact Beth Reis at firstname.lastname@example.org
· Marsha, Heather, and Kyle would like to be on this committee.
Prevention Conference (Sept 22,
(13) Safe Schools Coalition will offer to exchange memberships with the GSBA (the Greater Seattle Business Association, the GLBTQ chamber of commerce) .
(14) Letter to the HRC regarding the status of their membership.
(15) Workplace Giving Campaigns
· Penny has agreed to do help Beth with this.
UPCOMING MEETINGS … contact the chair if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending (in person) or calling in (by conference call). All are welcome- you do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.
15th, 3-5 pm, Pacific
Time. Frieda chairs and
Frieda: 253-765-7062; email@example.com
3-5 pm, Pacific
Time. Beth chairs and Ethan
Beth: 206-296-4970; firstname.lastname@example.org
Jun 17th, 3-5 pm, Pacific Time. Marsha chairs and Beth records
Marsha: 206-601-8942; email@example.com
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Got a problem at school with anti-gay harassment?
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