ERIC Number: ED417250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Breaking the Silence: Addressing Gay Issues in Independent Schools. A Resource Manual. Revised and Updated Edition.
Researchers have found that gay and lesbian adolescents are at greater risk of isolation, rejection, harassment, violence, and suicide. In a similar way, lesbian and gay teachers face challenges unknown to their heterosexual colleagues. This resource guide is an attempt to outline some of the areas in which independent schools can address issues involved in making their schools more supportive for everyone. Areas in which schools can make changes that are discussed are: (1) policies; (2) workshops; (3) library holdings; (4) support services; (5) curricula; (6) extracurricular activities; and (7) role models. A discussion of each of these topics explores exactly how schools can implement changes, and this discussion is followed by a list of resources for schools. Not every school will be able to make changes in all these areas, but every school can make changes in some of the areas. Before looking at a specific action a school might take, it is important to get a sense of the prevailing attitudes in the school and to look at what has already been accomplished. A checklist and scale for assessing attitudes in the school are presented, followed by the discussions of areas for change. (Contains 49 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attitude Change, Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Needs Assessment, Private Schools, Resources, Role Models, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Crossroads School, 1714 21st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404-3994.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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