Supportive educators save students’ lives. Having just one visibly supportive educator in a school can ensure that LGBTQ+ students feel safe, welcomed, and encouraged to learn.
Show your support by displaying a Safe Space sticker and poster in your classroom. Learn how to discuss bullying, gender roles, or family diversity with elementary-aged students. Include positive representation of LGBTQ+ people in your curriculum. Inspire your students of all ages and all identities to be kind, support others, and speak up when they see bullying.
Check out the resources in the sections below for specific guides and tools related to GLSEN programs, inclusive curriculum and more!
Designed to help you create a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth in schools, the Safe Space Kit is GLSEN’s Guide to Being an Ally to LGBTQ+ Students. The guide provides concrete strategies that will help you support LGBTQ students, educate about anti-LGBTQ+ bias and advocate for changes in your school. The kit not only guides you through making an assessment of your school's climate, policies and practices but it also outlines strategies that you may use to advocate for change, including posting a Safe Space Sticker or Safe Space Poster in your classroom or office. Click here.
We all want students to feel safe and respected and to develop respectful attitudes and behaviors. GLSEN developed Ready, Set, Respect! to provide tools to support elementary educators like you with these efforts. The kit provides a set of tools that will help you prepare to teach about respect and includes lesson plans that can help you seize teachable moments. The lessons focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBTQ+ inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity and are designed to be used as either standalone lessons or as part of a school-wide anti-bias or bullying prevention program. Click here.
GLSEN also offers other Elementary resources including sample lesson plans like: