Heartbreaking Responses to a Simple Writing Prompt - Know Your Students - Build Community

By Kathy Pillsbury, April 17, 2015

Kyle Schwartz, a 3rd grade teacher at the Doull Elementary in Denver developed a simple lesson plan to get to know her students better. She gave them a simple writing prompt, "I wish my teacher knew_______"

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Ellen DeGeneres on Kindness, Compassion, and the Golden Globe Winning show “Transparent”

By Kathy Pillsbury, April 13, 2015

“Transparent,” a new series on Amazon Prime, follows the life of a father who decides later in life that he is finally brave enough to live as a woman – the person she feels that she really is. Recently, Jill Soloway, the creator of “Transparent,” talked with Ellen about this Golden Globe winning show.

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Gays with Kids Features All Children—All Families

By Welcoming Schools Staff, April 10, 2015

Gays with Kids features All Children - All Families, an HRC Foundation Program Helping Agencies Do Their Best to Welcome All Prospective Parents Into the Foster and Adoption Processes

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Free One-Day Welcoming Schools Training in Wenatchee, Washington with OSPI

By Welcoming Schools Staff, April 07, 2015

A one-day training on May 11, 2015, led by Tracy Flynn, Welcoming Schools Regional Consultant, designed to meet the needs of pre-school and elementary-level educators, school staff, and child serving agencies.Co-sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)

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“Why are no girls on currency?” Role models matter!

By Kathy Pillsbury, April 06, 2015

When Sofia had to present on a historical figure to her class, she noticed that her peers who presented on men often showed the class coins and dollar bills. This inspired her to write to Obama and she provided inspiration to Women on the 20s.

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ABC Nightline: Transgender Teen and the Importance of Supportive Adults

By Beth Sherouse, Ph.D., April 04, 2015

"I don't want another kid to have to go through life thinking they're different. They need that one person that says, 'You -- you're all right." -- Nathan

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Responding to Resistance - Welcoming Schools News

By Welcoming Schools News, March 28, 2015

We know that it can be difficult to start and have conversations about diversity and inclusion. Here are some Welcoming Schools resources including strategies and talking points to help all of our students succeed.

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The Classic “Heather Has Two Mommies” Updated

By Kathy Pillsbury, March 22, 2015

It’s hard to believe that “Heather Has Two Mommies” by Lesléa Newman was first published 25 years ago. A lot has changed since then when the number of lesbians and gay men who were choosing to have children was just beginning to rise.

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WATCH: CNN Digital: When your young daughter says ‘I’m a boy’ - Raising Ryland

By Kathy Pillsbury, March 19, 2015

Stephanie Dodds, Ryland’s kindergarten teacher, really understands kids and schools as she says, “One of my responsibilities as an educator is to make a safe classroom environment for all of my students."

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And Tango Makes Three - After 10 Years Still a Favorite

By Guest Contributor, March 11, 2015

"And Tango Makes Three" was first published almost 10 years ago in June 2005. Zoe, a 10-year-old blogger, still gives "Tango" a two thumbs up with its "cute waddling penguins," the dads - Roy and Silo - and their baby, Tango.

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