The promise of a free and appropriate education (FAPE) extends to students of all cultures and backgrounds. Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools is a course that focuses on understanding the needs of LGBTQ youth and families served in public schools with the end goal of creating supportive and welcoming schools for all students. This course challenges educators to examine and evaluate personal views and practices. Likewise, participants will review issues within schools that impact LGBTQ youth and families, and develop strategies to take action that make our schools more inclusive.
California recently became the first state to incorporate LGBTQ history into its high school curriculum. Santa Cruz High School history teacher Alicia Guzman says that having a different sexual orientation isn’t a big deal in her progressive community. However, while some communities are progressive in nature and more accepting of LGBTQ lifestyles, students from every background should be accepted in every community.
Using strategies imbedded into this course assist educators in incorporating different tools to make classrooms more inclusive for all students. Recent course graduate, Megan, notes “the coursework and assignments were extremely applicable to teaching. Welcoming classrooms help make students comfortable in their schools, resulting in a better experience and better performance in school.”