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Professional Learning

Welcoming Schools

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools series helps elementary school educators embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ+ and gender-inclusive schools, prevent bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.
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At the 2019 Conference on Racial and Social Justice, Welcoming Schools explained how to answer questions about LGBTQ, gender and family topics.

At a Glance

This series is now available virtually. It includes seven trainings with certified facilitators, self-paced activities, and free digital resources.


  • Culturally Responsive Education
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Positive School Environments


  • Learn about key terms and policies related to gender, identity, and inclusion
  • Gain tools to address bias and bullying
  • Create a framework for helping your school affirm and support students of all identities
Developed by:

NEA Center for Social Justice

Last Updated: 12/2020


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional
  • Teacher


  • Elementary School

Session Length

Sessions can be tailored to the needs of the state or local affiliate

Session Format



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Embracing All Families

Participants will learn the importance of seeing and embracing all families and how to answer questions from students and families about the importance of welcoming all families in their school community.
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Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools

Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools: Participants will learn how to develop LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms and answer questions from students and families related to LGBTQ+ topics.
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Preventing Bias-Based Bullying

Participants will understand the critical need to proactively address the biased behavior that can lead to bullying and learn how to foster ally behavior among students, staff, and other adults.
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Creating Gender Inclusive Schools

Participants will develop a framework for creating a gender-inclusive school and learn how to respond to challenging questions related to gender.
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Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students

Participants will understand the critical need to create safe and supportive schools for transgender and non-binary students and become familiar with policies and best practices to support transgender and non-binary students.
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Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review

Participants will become knowledgeable about federal, state, and school district level laws and policies, as well as language, to strengthen current policy and advocate for enumerated protections for all students.
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Intersectionality: Schools Practices With an Intersectional Lens

Participants will explore the concept of intersectionality and how to use it as a framework to create school climates that are affirming and welcoming for students’ whole selves.

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