Post by Rohmteen Mokhtari, Former HRC Coordinator, Family Project
On Friday, the HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program will recognize a dozen schools and districts that have gone the extra mile to create safer learning environments.
The inaugural Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence Award ceremony at the J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minn., will recognize ten schools and two school districts from Minnesota, Florida, California, Washington and Texas.
These schools and districts have demonstrated high standards of implementation of the Welcoming Schools curriculum in the following areas:
- Leadership Development – including an active leadership team working with individual schools
- Professional Development – including full faculty workshops
- Family Engagement – including community events
- Classroom Strategies – including use of lesson plans
The ceremony will feature a screening of the new Welcoming Schools professional development film, What Can We Do? Bias, Bullying, and Bystanders.
What Can We Do? spotlights teachers from J.J. Hill and Hiawatha Leadership Academy in Minneapolis generating open conversations with students about the impact of bullying and the power of students standing up for each other.
The program will also feature remarks from Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius, State Sen. Scott Dibble and Saint Paul Mayor Christopher B. Coleman, as well as a very special musical performance by J.J. Hill students.
Welcoming Schools provides resources, training and technical assistance to help elementary schools take a comprehensive approach to school climate and bullying prevention. The Welcoming Schools approach is LGBT-inclusive, and creates school climates that welcome all family structures and all students.
Join us at the ceremony and stay tuned to the HRC Blog for highlights from the event and more about the schools being recognized.