Welcoming Schools

Produced by the HRC Foundation

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation to provide LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive professional development training, lesson plans, booklists and resources specifically designed for educators and youth-serving professionals.

Our program uses an intersectional, anti-racist lens dedicated to actionable policies and practices. We uplift school communities with critical tools to embrace all families, create LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.

To learn more, visit welcomingschools.org, or check out the following resources and annual reports that come from our program below.

A Checklist for a Welcoming School Environment

Ensure all of your students and their families feel welcome with this simple checklist to assess your school climate. Is it welcoming? Are you developing a school where all children can thrive?

Be Prepared: Responding to Kids’ Questions on LGBTQ+ Topics

What can you say when a student asks you, “What does ‘gay’ mean?” or “Why does she look like a boy?” Find ways to interrupt gender and LGBTQ+ put-downs.

What Do You Say to ‘That’s So Gay’ & Other Anti-LGBTQ+ Comments?

It doesn’t matter if it’s a first grader who might not know what the word “gay” means, a sixth grader trying to sound cool, or a tenth grader “teasing” a friend. All of these have the potential of creating an unsafe classroom or school environment and must be addressed. So, what can caring adults do?

Recommendations for Diverse Children’s Books to Support LGBTQ+ and Gender Inclusive Schools

Booklists include: LGBTQ+ Inclusive, Embracing Family Diversity, Preventing Bias-Based Bullying; and Understanding Gender and Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students.

Check Out Our Annual Reports:

Welcoming Schools Annual Report 2023

This year’s annual report celebrates the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools program and its enduring impact on educators across the country in support of LGBTQ+ children and youth from preschool through high school.

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Escuelas Acogedoras Informe Anual 2023

El informe anual de este año celebra el programa de Welcoming Schools (Escuelas Acogedoras) de Human Rights Campaign Foundation (la Fundación de la Campaña de Derechos Humanos también conocida como HRC) y su impacto duradero en los educadores de todo el país en apoyo de los niños/as y jóvenes LGBTQ + desde preescolar hasta la escuela secundaria.

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Welcoming Schools Annual Report 2021

The inaugural Welcoming Schools Annual Report celebrates marked growth and expanded equitable access to virtual PreK-12 training opportunities for educators across the country and internationally.

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