Connecting, Supporting, & Empowering LGBTQ+ Families in the DMV
What is Welcoming Schools?
Rainbow Families provides training to educators, administrators, school support staff, and other interested individuals across the DMV on how to create safe and supportive elementary school environments with resources and professional development where all children can thrive and all families are welcomed.
Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier professional development program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools by embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ- and gender-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, and supporting transgender and non-binary students.
Why Welcoming Schools?
Welcoming Schools is about respect, safety, and success for all children and families. The approach is firmly grounded in research and case studies of the program’s efficacy. Welcoming Schools offers an opportunity for greater understanding with resources that can be used immediately in the classroom. The program can also help school staff work together to identify areas of change within the school and to provide strategies to make sure that all students feel included, everywhere -- from the playground to the classroom.
Available Welcoming Schools Training Modules
Most Welcoming Schools training modules are 75 minutes to 3 hours in length and can be presented in two parts; however, both parts must be scheduled at the same time.
Overview of the Welcoming Schools Approach
Creating LGBTQ-Inclusive Schools
Embracing Family Diversity
Preventing Bias-Based Bullying
Creating Gender-Inclusive Schools
Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review
Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students
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