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As instances of bullying in schools persist, educator preparation programs must equip teacher candidates with the knowledge and confidence to maintain safe, supportive, and inclusive environments for student learning. It is imperative for EPPs to integrate LGBTQ+ topics into their curriculum and prepare future teachers to examine and advocate for structures and practices that welcome gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ youth and families.
Written Comments for Department of Education's Title IX Public HearingAACTE signed onto these comments urging the U.S. Department of Education to revise its Title IX regulations to clearly communicate that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, sex stereotypes, or sex characteristics is sex discrimination and is illegal.
In Support of Full Inclusion for Transgender Students: An Open Letter from the Civil and Human Rights CommunityThe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and 60 organizations, including AACTE, call for the full inclusion of transgender students in educational opportunities, including extracurricular activities such as athletics.
LGBTQ+ Inclusive Position Statements and ResolutionsAs an HRC Project THRIVE Partner Organization, AACTE shares these exemplar statements and resolutions from some of its other health, education, and child welfare partner organizations.e
Resources for Schools In Response to CDC's Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey
HRC's Project THRIVE released an executive summary of key findings from HRC’s analysis of the CDC data and created a checklist for schools and youth-serving organizations to guide their efforts around creating safe and inclusive environments for LGBTQ youth.
Curricular Standards That Include LGBTQ+ Representation Promote Student Achievement And WellbeingThis paper offers a review of state legislation that amends curricular standards to include representation of LGBTQ+ people, persons with disabilities, people of color, and all marginalized communities in alignment with its core mission.
States’ Use of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to Advance LGBTQ+ EquityFindings of GLSEN’s comprehensive review of ESSA State Plans offers a roadmap for how state education agencies (SEAs) and local education agencies (LEAs) can leverage ESSA funding to advance equity for LGBTQ+ and other marginalized students.
Educational Gag Orders Target Speech about LGBTQ+ Identities With New Prohibitions and Punishments - PEN America
This article from PEN America explains how Educational Gag Orders are used to LGBTQ+ limit speech affirming LGBTQ+ student identities.
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