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An Administrator's Guide To Handling Anti-Gay (LGBTQ) Harassment:  (revised 9/05)  http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/guide_administrator_handleharass2005.pdf   (pdf format) 

Anti-Gay Bullying: What's the Big Deal?  http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/Anti-GayBullying_Whats-theBigDeal.pdf  (pdf format)

Bullying and Bias-Based Harassment in King County Schools:  from Public Health - Seattle & King County http://www.metrokc.gov/health/datawatch/bullying.pdf  (pdf format)

California Safe Schools Coalition Research:
  Safe Schools Research Brief 13: Understanding School Safety for Transgender Students  (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief 12: Gender Non-conformity and School Safety: Documenting the problem and steps schools can take (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief 11:
School Safety for Middle School Students (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief 10:
Understanding School Safety and the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Sexual Orientation (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   9:
Understanding Differences Between Schools in Overall LGBT School Safety (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   8:
Multiple Forms of Bias-Related Harassment at School (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   7: School Safety and Academic Achievement (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   6:
School Safety for Students with LGBT Parents (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   5:
The Economic Cost of Bullying at school (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   4:
LGBT Issues in the Curriculum Promotes School Safety (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   3:
LGBT Student Safety: Steps Schools Can Take (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   2: Harassment Based on Sexual Orientation and its Consequences (pdf format)
Safe Schools Research Brief   1: District Policies and Trainings (pdf format)

Challenging Silence, Challenging Censorship: Inclusive Resources, Strategies and Policy Directives for Addressing Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Trans-Identified and Two-Spirited Realities in School and Public libraries. Authors: Dr. Alvin Schrader & Kristopher Wells, University of Alberta with a foreword by noted Canadian author and media personality, Bill Richardson (who is also a former public librarian). This book is designed as a professional and practical resource to help educational leaders and policymakers within K-12 teaching (teachers, administrators, counselors, and teacher librarians), together with public librarians and other community stakeholders, to learn more about how they can take action to challenge and positively change the educational conditions and social climate for bisexual, gay, lesbian, trans-identified, and two-spirited (BGLTT) youth and for children from same-gender parented families. Available in French and English and can be purchased online: http://www.ctf-fce.ca/e/publications/ctf_publications.asp 

Creating GLBTQIA-Inclusive Forms: Suggestions For Policy And Implementation. A unique, free, extremely USEFUL 8-page guide for policy-makers and change agents. Go to http://sugroups.wustl.edu/~safezones/GLBTQIA.forms.pdf  (pdf format)

Direct From the Field: A Guide to Bullying Prevention, from the Massachusetts Department of Health: This 123-page guide to the prevention of bullying was sent to every school district Massachusetts on May 1, 2008. It contains tips and statistics to help teachers and principals stop bullying. Download it here: http://www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dph/com_health/violence/bullying_prevent_guide.pdf  (pdf format)

Going Beyond Gay-Straight Alliances to Make Schools Safe for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans-Gender Students: Readable, but carefully documented 8-page report addresses what research says about strategies that work. From the Institute for Gay and Lesbian Strategic Studies (IGLSS): http://www.iglss.org/media/files/Angles_61.pdf  (pdf format)

Hatred in the Hallways: Violence and Discrimination Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Students in U.S. Schools from Human Rights Watch:  http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/uslgbt/

The High Cost of Bullying and Liability in Schools. This important article by Mary Jo McGrath, Attorney at Law, Founder, McGrath Systems, Inc. talks about schools having a legal "duty to train," "duty to remedy," duty to monitor," and "duty to investigate.":  http://www.mcgrathinc.com/articles-045sa.html

Homophobia Prevention and Intervention in Elementary Schools: A Principal's Responsibility by Jan Goodman, published in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education. See page 111 here: http://www.haworthpressinc.com/store/SampleText/J367.pdf  (pdf format)

"Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth": Booklet (1) explains what we know about sexual development, using studies reported in peer reviewed journals, (2) reports verbatim the policies of a number of professional associations regarding "reparative therapies," (3) explain that there is disagreement among religious leaders about homosexuality and (4) outline students' legal rights and the obligations of schools regarding those rights. Available on line:  http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbc/publications/justthefacts.html and http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbc/facts.pdf  (pdf format) For hard copies (limited amounts), please contact Renee Lyles of the American Psychological Association: rlyles@apa.org 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender People and Education: Harvard Educational Review, Summer 1996 issue. Phone: 800-513-3584; Web site: http://www.hepg.org/sum96.html   

"Maine's Best Practices in Bullying and Harassment Prevention: A Guide for Schools and Communities" Published in 2006 by the Maine Governor's Children's Cabinet. 60 pages. Practical, useful and inclusive. http://www.maine.gov/education/bullyingprevention/bullying.pdf  (pdf format)

Making School Safe for Everyone: A Vancouver (British Columbia) School Board publication in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, French, Korean, and Punjabi. (pdf format)

"Making Schools Safer for LGBT Youth" by Michael Sadowski of Bard College, The Harvard Education Letter, May/June 2006. Order the issue: http://www.edletter.org/order/orderissue.shtml

Model bullying policy and procedure from OSPI: The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (Washington State's department of education) has released the model bullying policy and procedure that they were mandated by the legislature to create. Local school districts must, according to the Safe Schools/Bullying Law, adopt or amend their harassment/bullying policies by August 1, 2003 to be much more explicit and complete than many districts' policies were in the past. The Safe Schools Coalition is currently conducting a review of existing policies which can be considered a baseline against which we can compare the new policies as school boards adopt them. School boards do not have to adopt the OSPI model, but some will and others will probably use it as guidance in crafting their own. To view the model, go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/safetycenter/Search.aspx and click on model policy. For questions about it or to learn about training from OSPI, contact Denise Fitch of OSPI's Washington State School Safety Center (email dfitch@ospi.wednet.edu or call 360-725-6059).

National S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity): a staff-development equity project for educators establishes teacher-led, faculty-centered faculty development seminars in public and private schools throughout the U.S. and in English-speaking international schools. A week-long SEED Summer Leaders' Workshop prepares school teachers (usually one or two in a building or district) to hold year-long reading groups with other teachers to discuss making school curricula more gender-fair and multiculturally equitable [inclusive of LGBTQ cultures] in all subject areas. http://www.wcwonline.org/seed/

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

Preventing Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Adolescents: The Benefits of Gay-Sensitive HIV Instruction in Schools - and  - Same-Sex Romantic Attraction and Experiences of Violence in Adolescence: articles by S. Blake, PhD, et al and S. Russell, PhD, et al respectively, June, 2001 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 91, No. 6. Single issues cost $17. Go to: http://www.ajph.org/cgi/content/abstract/91/6/940  

Prohibiting Sexual Orientation Discrimination and Harassment Against Students: Important document from the National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys: http://www.nsba.org/site/docs/10700/10697.pdf (pdf format)  

Protecting Students from Harassment and Hate Crime: A Guide for Schools from the U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights and the National Association of Attorneys General, endorsed by the National School Boards Association:
http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/archives/Harassment/index.html and  http://www.ed.gov/offices/OCR/archives/Harassment/harassment.pdf  (pdf format)

The Respectful School: How Educators and Students Can Conquer Hate and Harassment: S. Wessler and W. Preble, 2003. ISBN: 0-87120-783-4. Draws on research and the experience of young victims to explain fundamental changes that every school should make to preserve a respectful learning environment. LGBT-inclusive. Browse (read excerpts of) this book online: http://rdr.sbml.cc/Click?q=57-YJBXII09Fpwy6tvF0FCVtdQG. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. $23.95, $18.95 for ASCD members.

Responding to Hate at School : A Guide for Teachers, Counselors and Administrators published by Teaching Tolerance, a Program of the Southern Poverty Law Center: http://www.tolerance.org/pdf/rthas.pdf (pdf format)

Sexual Orientation Issues for Schools 101: packet from the National School Boards Association includes background, research, and policy information about sexual orientation, and offers ways to create a supportive and safe educational environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth. Order one, free of charge, at: http://www.nsba.org/site/page_schoolhealth.asp?TRACKID=&CID=1115&DID=12021

Site Responsibilities for the Creation of a Safe School Climate 2003-2003: From San Francisco Unified School District: http://portal.sfusd.edu/data/school_health/school_climate.doc  (Word doc format)

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)

Stop Bullying: Guidelines for Schools: A 43-page how-to manual for a whole-school approach to the problem of bullying, from New Zealand. It says, "Most (80%) of pupils are not actively involved in bullying. They neither bully nor are victims. They know it's wrong but unless they are asked for help, or are made to feel they have a responsibility or duty to act, they will silently collude with the abuse." Available on-line: http://www.nobully.org.nz/added.pdf (pdf format)

Study demonstrates the academic importance of role models: A study published in the January 2002 issue of the journal Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, which didn't address sexual orientation directly, did demonstrate, among other findings, that "Having a role model, particularly an individual known to the adolescent, was also associated with higher self-esteem (P<.001) and higher grades (P<.05)." The paper reporting on the study was entitled "Role Models, Ethnic Identity, and Health-Risk Behaviors in Urban Adolescents" Antronette K. Yancey, MD, MPH; Judith M. Siegel, PhD, MSHyg; Kimberly L. McDaniel, PhD. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2002;156:55-61. View the abstract at: http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/156/1/55. Purchase the full text of the article at: http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/search?fulltext=Yancey.

They Don't Even Know Me: Understanding Anti-Gay Harassment and Violence in Schools: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/theydontevenknowme.pdf (pdf format)

Titles from the ACLU, available online: http://www.aclu.org/issues/gay/hmgl.html (scroll down to "publications" on the left hand side)

Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth: Recommendations for Schools: See this really important document from the Transgender Law Center. It addresses problems ranging from lack of gender-neutral bathrooms to confidentiality, with specific recommendations for addressing each problem: http://www.transgenderlawcenter.org/tranny/pdfs/Recomendations%20for%20Schools.pdf (pdf format)


Trans People Fact Sheet D: LINKS: Trans youth: from The New Zealand Human Rights Commission. http://www.hrc.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/TGI-Fact-Sheet-D.html

View Gay-Straight Alliance clubs as partners: guest viewpoint by Carolyn Laub, founder and executive director of the Gay-Straight Alliance Network. First published in the Dec. 10, 2002 issue of School Board News. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/ViewGayStraightAllianceClubsasPartners.pdf  (pdf format)


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