CREATING CARING ENVIRONMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS
Creating Caring Environments for All Students
In Colorado, the impact of bias-based bullying is disproportionately felt by many students, particularly those who are perceived to be non-conforming to gender expectations, norms and stereotypes. By ensuring that all students feel they belong in their school community, schools can establish a culture that celebrates diversity and promotes active engagement in learning. Creating a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is a research-based strategy to provide a safe space for our students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and their allies to meet, talk, build community and foster a sense of attachment to school.
Part 1: Leveraging State Support for Creating Safe Spaces in School
The creation of a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) is recognized as a best practice strategy to create a warm, welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender students and their allies. With significant support from state educational stakeholders, this video gets to the heart of why it is critical to address the social and emotional needs of these students in every Colorado school district, whether rural, urban or suburban.
Part 2: How to Create a GSA in Your School
Part 3: Colorado’s 2011 Bullying Prevention Law: What Every School and District Needs to Know
Part 4: Statewide Blueprint for Bullying Prevention