Educator Supports

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Learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Supporting Transgender & Nonbinary Students 

San Diego Unified School District is committed to creating and sustaining welcoming, safe, and supportive school environments for transgender and gender non-conforming students in accordance with the California school success and opportunity act (January 2014). All schools in SDUSD provide access to facilities and extracurricular activities that align with students' gender identity. SDUSD is devoted to ensuring safe, supportive, and welcoming school sites, free from discrimination and harassment, for all students.

The Importance of Gender Pronouns 

Gender pronouns are important because they're the smallest way to acknowledge someone's identity. Other than our name, pronouns are one of the main ways that people identify and call us.The practice of using your own pronouns when introducing yourself to another person or in a larger group helps demystify the notion that the use of gender pronouns is the sole responsibility of transgender or gender nonconforming youth and adults. Using pronouns creates safer and more inclusive spaces for people to be themselves knowing that other people are going to respect their identity.

Best Practices for Supporting LGBT Students & Families

Read and use this best practices document to help 

LGBTQIA+ Education 

Zaretta Hammond 2016
​It is important to distinguish between three key areas in education: multicultural education, social justice education, and culturally responsive teaching. Too often, the terms are used interchangably when they are not. This is a simple chart to help you understand the distinctions between them. A key poin to remember, only CRT is focused on the cognitive development of under-served students while multicultural and social justice education, each have a supporting role in culturally responsive teaching. 

Tips for Teachers and Admin from a Trans Student

As more and more emphasis is placed on improving
academic outcomes, it can begin to feel as if there
just isn’t enough time for relationship building and
social-emotional learning. But that doesn’t have to be
the case.This critical practices guide offers practical strategies for creating a space where academic and social-emotional goals are accomplished side by side. It also
provides valuable advice for implementing culturally
responsive pedagogy and describes how teachers can
bring anti-bias values to life

Social Justice Standards

Introducing Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards, a road map for anti-bias education at every grade level.
The Social Justice Standards are a set of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains—identity, diversity, justice and action. The standards provide a common language and organizational structure: Teachers can use
them to guide curriculum development, and administrators can use them to make schools more just, equitable and safe. The standards are leveled for every stage of K–12 education and include school-based scenarios to show what anti-bias attitudes and behavior may
look like in the classroom. 

Practicing Cultural Responsivity

Practicing cultural responsiveness is: 1) the ongoing process of learning how the values, beliefs, attitudes and traditions that grow from racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic status, disability status, or other affiliate groups contribute to our own and other people’s culture; 2) learning about personal circumstances, conditions, and experiences that influence our own and other people’s thinking, behaviors, and roles in their communities; 3) being mindful of the power and privilege differences and similarities between individuals and among groups of people; and 4) using this knowledge to work effectively with all people.

Connect to some of the community, local, and national culture resources.

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At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education. 

Southern Poverty Law Center 

The SPLC stands up for the powerless, the exploited and other victims of discrimination and hate.
For more than four decades, we’ve won landmark cases that brought systemic reforms in the Deep South. We’ve toppled remnants of Jim Crow segregation and destroyed violent white supremacist groups. We’ve shattered barriers to equality for women, vulnerable children, the LGBT community and the disabled. We’ve protected migrant workers and immigrants from abuse, ensured the humane treatment of prisoners, reformed juvenile justice practices, and more.

GSA Network

Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.
All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, and our resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building.

San Diego LGBT Pride

San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Pride festivities have grown from a small grassroots march for equal rights into the largest civic event in the region, with activities that span a full week of celebrating the LGBTQ community. San Diego Pride has donated over 2.5 million dollars to LGBTQ-serving nonprofits and runs multiple year-round education, advocacy, and community service programs.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBT community centers in the nation.

 The Center provides targeted programs and services to the full diversity of the San Diego LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, trans and non-binary individuals, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those living with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 82,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.

Diversionary Theatre

Diversionary Theatre was founded in 1986 to provide quality theatre for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The mission of the theatre is to provide an inspiring and thought provoking theatrical platform to explore complex and diverse LGBT stories, which influence the larger cultural discussion.
Our vision is to foster and amplify the next generation of LGBT voices providing live entertainment in a dynamic, inclusive and provocative environment that celebrates and preserves our unique culture.

Get involved and start impacting LGBTQIA+ education today!

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LGBTQIA+ Education & Advocacy Workshops

SDUSD is committed to emphasizing the role of educators as adult allies and advocates to LGBTQIA+ students. The training offerings listed here present local, state, and national data on LGBTQIA+ student experiences, 
highlights district, state, and federal policies that protect and support 
LGBTQIA+ students, explores support practices educators can immediately
implement, and provides resources and strategies for creating inclusive schools where all students feel welcome.

LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee

As a team of SDUSD staff, students, families, and community members, this committee advises the superintendent and school board on issues of safe and welcoming school environments, school policies, training, support groups, and resources for LGBTQIA+ members within SDUSD. 

Topics include
     -Student Voice
     -School Climate
     -Educator Training
     -Name Change Forms
​     -All-Gender Spaces

GLSEN School Year Calendar

GLSEN School Year Calendar '18-'19

Start planning now!

The school year is full of opportunities to participate in GLSEN events, address LGBTQ and social justice issues, learn about diverse communities and take action to create safe and affirming schools for ALL! Use this calendar to schedule your GSA meetings, lesson plans, student events and staff development workshops as part of your ongoing multicultural and LGBTQ-inclusion efforts.

Identity-Based Curriculum Modules

Access Youth Advocacy's Identity-Based Curriculum Modules, including the LGBTQIA+ History module. 

-Stonewall Riots
-Bayard Rustin
-The Lavender Scare
-Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Get access to the curriulum modules by registering here or contacting [email protected]