It’s June: a month full of farmers’ markets, graduation parties, and Rochesterfest events. It’s also the month of Pride (read about the origin of Pride and other such details here in this CNN article).
Summer is a great time to reflect on our educational practices. Combine that with Pride Month, and it’s only fitting to reflect on how our practices specifically impact our LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families. How can we as educators work toward a space where all—including our LGBTQ+ students, staff, and families—feel safe and welcome in our classrooms and schools?
To compile a list of ideas on this topic, I anonymously surveyed three dozen LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies, many of whom are current or former students of the Rochester Public Schools and some of whom currently work in the district. I looked for what themes arose from their feedback, and resoundingly these were the four key takeaways:
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