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Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students

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This book provides a comprehensive treatment of the topic of safeguarding sexually diverse students. The author explains why this group of students has been marginalized, the need for safeguards, and whyAthis group is at high risk of dropping out of school. This text also describes the history behind the stereotypes of the GLBT community and how harmful they can be for this student population. Included is practical information that administrators and staff can use in their daily practice, such as how to: Implement curriculum and offer professional development ideas to administrators to help staff feel more empowered to help GLBT students establish student codes of conduct and school board policies follow through on those policies.


  • Foreword Preface
  •  Acknowledgments
  • About the Author
  • 1. The Silent Minority Our School Experiences What it Means to Be Gay The Need for Role Models Harassment and Discrimination of LGBT Students Negative Stereotypes of LGBT Students Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions
  • 2. Bullying of LGBT Students Where Bullying Behavior Begins Cyberbullying Setting the Tone in School Safeguarding and Supporting LGBT Students Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions
  • 3. The Role of Schools The Impact Schools Can Have on LGBT Students Keeping Students Safe Teacher Biases Professional Development Parent Outreach Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions
  • 4. Curriculum Matters Diverse Literature at an Age Appropriate Level Supportive Learning Environments for LGBT Students Curriculum Elementary School a Gender Differences English Language Arts Social Studies Guest Speakers Who Address Bullying After-School Enrichment Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions
  • 5. Gay Straight Alliances Why Schools Should Offer a GSA The Parameters of Creating a GSA Events Held By a GSA Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions
  • 6. Following Through: School Board Policies and Codes of Conduct Laws That Support School Decisions School Leaders Embracing the Sexual Diversity of Students A Shared Vision: Creating School Codes of Conduct Creating School Board Policies How Parents, Staff, and Students Can Help Conclusion Action Steps Discussion Questions
  • 7. Important Stories From Higher Education BGLTQ Centers in Higher Education The University of Southern California Resource Center
  • References Index

 Author Bio:

Peter DeWitt, EdD, has been a principal in upstate New York since 2006. Prior to being a principal, he taught elementary school in several city schools for 11 years. In addition, Peter is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at the College of Saint Rose and has presented at state and national conferences around the United States. Since July 2011, Peter has been writing a blog titled Finding Common Ground, which is published by Education Week. In addition, he is a freelance writer for Vanguard magazine (School Administrators Association of New York State) and the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national, and international levels.

Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students

Author: Peter DeWitt

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