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How Do We Support LGBT Students?

By Rachel L. West
Advocacy & Community Outreach Specialist

Education Week (@educationweek) recently hosted a live Twitter chat on how educators can support LGBT students.

The discussion included examples of heterosexism face by LGBT youth at school as well as ways to address the problem.

Some of the strategies and policies discussed include:

  • Having an ongoing conversation about bullying.
  • Encouraging teachers to actively advocate for the safety of all students.
  • School districts implementing non-discrimination policies that specifically mention LGBT students.
  • Professional development programs that teach educators how to support LGBT students and how to identify the signs of bullying.

Highlights from the chat have been archived on storify. I have embedded  the story below.


Photo credit: By ÁWá (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/81/A_woman_thinking.jpg

Posted by Rachel L. West

In addition to being the founder of The Political Social Worker blog, I am a consultant. My consulting practice offers advocacy and community outreach solutions to nonprofits, social good organizations, and private practitioners. Additionally, I offer career coaching to macro social work students and professionals.

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