Haley Pilot School and Mozart Elementary of the Boston Public Schools received the Seal of Excellence for their dedication to creating LGBTQ+ inclusive school environments
WASHINGTON - This week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program awarded Haley Pilot School and Mozart Elementary, both part of Boston Public Schools, with the Seal of Excellence for going the extra mile to foster welcoming and inclusive school environments for all families and children. Both Haley Pilot School and Mozart Elementary have demonstrated their outstanding dedication by meeting stated benchmarks and doing innovative work to further equity, diversity and inclusion.
These awards come at a time in which the LGBTQ+ community is pushing back against an onslaught of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and legislation from those attempting to censor the very existence and history of LGBTQ+ people. This year, more than 70 discriminatory education bills have been introduced in states across the country. That is why the Welcoming Schools mission of working to make school environments and communities safer and more inclusive is critically important to the diverse families, children and educators that it supports.
Welcoming Schools provides educators with the tools and training to embrace teachable moments, interrupt bias-based bullying, support transgender and non-binary students, and be prepared to answer important questions about LGBTQ+ and gender topics with students and families. The program offers LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals.
Schools earning the Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence (SOE) demonstrate, with documentation, specific benchmarks, including policies that are in place and enumerated to all aspects of diversity; an established Welcoming Schools leadership team; completing the Welcoming Schools staff development modules; hosting school family nights; and having books from Welcoming Schools bibliographies that are publicly available to all students in the library/media center and classrooms, among other important benchmarks.
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