Educators looking for resources to help them create safe, supportive learning environments for LGBT students can turn to GLSEN
, the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. GLSEN has offered user-friendly, developmentally appropriate, and research-based tools to educators for more than 20 years.
Educator resources from GLSEN fall into three main categories: Educator Guides, LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum, and Lesson Plans on Bullying, Bias, and Diversity.
GLSEN Educator Guides
cover a host of topics pertinent to educators who wish to make their schools more LGBT inclusive and enlightened, including:
- LGBT History Month
- LGBT Pride Month for Educators
- Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month
- Libraries as Safe Places
- Ready, Set, Respect! Elementary Toolkit
- Working with LGBT Students of Color
GLSEN’s LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum
includes great suggestions for study designed to ensure that your LGBT students see themselves reflected in your lessons. Lesson plans include:
- Celebrate NEA's Read Across America: Lessons for Grades K-5
- LGBT-Inclusive Curriculum Guide for Educators
- ThinkB4YouSpeak Guide for Educators of Grades 6-12
- Unheard Voices: Stories and Lessons for Grades 6-12
GLSEN’s Lesson Plans
can help you improve school climate, build leadership, and help your students thrive in a diverse world. Plans include:
- No Name-Calling Week Elementary School (K-5) Lessons
- No Name-Calling Week Middle School (6-8) Lessons
- No Name-Calling Week High School (9-12) Lessons
GLSEN has a wealth of resources for educators that address these topics and many more, so for a refreshing breath of toleration, support, and inclusion, take a moment and explore GLSEN's educator guides and lessons to support your curriculum and practices.
July 2015 Update: Additional Resource
If you work with kids in or headed to college, check out the LGBTQ College Student Resource Guide
. Compiled by Affordable Colleges Online, the guide illustrates on-campus and online resources that LGBTQ students can use to make college a more welcoming and supportive experience. The guide also includes interviews with a pair of diversity experts who lead student inclusion efforts on campuses.