Welcoming Schools focuses on three areas linked to academic learning, school climate and family involvement:
Embracing Family Diversity The guide outlines school and community-based strategies to welcome students from a variety of families, including families headed by LGBT parents, single parents, foster parents, grandparents, etc.
Avoiding Gender Stereotyping Students who do not adhere to traditional gender roles are often targeted for harassment — even in early elementary school grades — and stereotypes can constrict children’s academic and social successes. The guide addresses ways in which children are pressured to conform to gender roles and stereotypes, and strategies for change.
Ending Bullying & Name-Calling Hurtful teasing, name-calling and bullying affect everyone: targets, perpetrators and bystanders. The guide takes a systemic approach to school change, providing tools to engage all members of the school community through parent involvement, faculty education and classroom strategies.