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Dignity for All

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Table of Contents

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 Gender Differences and Character Education 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 Questions to Ponder 7. Important Stories From Higher Education Appendix: NASP Position Statement: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth References Index

About the Author

Consulting Description: LGBT Students Consulting Description: Flipped Communication Peter DeWitt (Ed.D) taught for 11 years and was a school principal for 8 years. He runs workshops and provides keynotes focusing on collaborative leadership, fostering inclusive school climates, and connected learning. Peter is a Visible Learning Trainer for John Hattie, Instructional Coach for Jim Knight, and Student Voice Advocate for Russ Quaglia working nationally and internationally. He is the Series Editor for the Connected Educator Series (Corwin Press) and the forthcoming Impact Leadership Series (Corwin Press). His Finding Common Ground blog is published by Education Week and he is a freelance writer for Vanguard Magazine (SAANYS). He is the 2013 School Administrators Association of New York State's (SAANYS) Outstanding Educator of the Year, and the 2015 Bammy Award winner for Education Blogger of the Year (Academy of Education Arts & Sciences). Peter's first educational book, Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students was published in 2012, and was the topic of his doctoral dissertation. In 2013 Peter contributed a chapter to De-Testing and De-Grading Schools: Authentic Alternatives to Accountability and Standardization (Peter Lang, USA). His other books include: School Climate Change: How Do I Foster a Positive School Climate (ASCD 2014, co-authored with Sean Slade) and Flipping Leadership Doesn't Mean Reinventing the Wheel (Corwin Press, 2014) Peter is the co-chair of the National School Climate Council. His articles have appeared in education journals at the state, national and international level. He has written for Principal Magazine, Education Week, Educational Leadership, The Huffington Post, PBS, ASCD Whole Child, Connected Principals, Smartblogs, and ASCD Express. Peter has presented at forums, conferences, and panel discussions at state, national conferences and international conferences. Some of the highlights have been to present for the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP 2012, 2014, & 2015), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD 2012, 2015, 2016), ICLE's Model Schools, Osiris World Conference in London, and he sat on a School Safety panel on NBC's Education Nation with Goldie Hawn and Hoda Kotb. Peter has worked with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the National Education Association (NEA), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the National Association of School Psychologists, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National School Climate Center, GLSEN, PBS, NBC, NPR, BAM Radio Network and ABCnews.com.


"This book is a valuable resource guide for schools considering a course of action. It is recommended for all high schools seeking progressive change." -- Kevin Beach * VOYA, August 2012 * "Dignity for All provides educators with critical information on the experiences of LGBT students in our schools and how to create safe and affirming spaces for these youth. Grounded in his experience as a teacher and school administrator, Peter DeWitt makes vital knowledge accessible for those on the front lines in schools." -- Eliza Byard, Executive Director "Leaders set the tone for their buildings. Peter DeWitt offers an important resource for teachers and administrators that will help create an inclusive school for all students." -- Todd Whitaker, Professor "In this book, a group of students that is often misunderstood and frequently maligned finds a voice. Educators whose reach extends to every student will discover here a deeper understanding of these students' needs as well as sound advice on addressing those needs." -- Carol Ann Tomlinson, William Clay Parrish, Jr. Professor "Dignity for All is a wise book that will help administrators, teachers, and parents work together to make sure that our schools are welcoming for all of our students. Peter DeWitt provides the insight and ideas to lead the way in including LGBT students." -- Diane Ravitch, Research Professor

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