EQ: With the start of the new - school year, how can educators be better allies to LGBTQ+ students and colleagues?
Guest: Caroline Kyle Menzia is an elementary school counselor at Geiger Montessori who helps facilitate Tacoma Public School's LGBTQ PLC (professional learning community). Here's their SWAY site for reference and resources you can use.
Caroline explains how she became passionate about working as an ally for children, especially LGBTQ students. She shares why it’s essential for schools to ensure that “Everyone is welcome” at school. Caroline makes the case that adults need to be visible allies who are flexible and not afraid to be uncomfortable.
Some tips she shares:
Be open to feedback from parents and community to help you be better
Normalize talking about pronouns
Put your pronouns in your email signature
Use your bulletin boards and bookshelves to create welcoming and safe spaces
Resources to support your work:
New OSPI health & physical education standards from OSPI
Do Your Fudging Homework:
Annie: GLSEN’s Safe Space Kit. Specifically, check out the guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students. It’s a great resource for educators!
Hope: Add a book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist and/or authors
Caroline: GLSEN steps for responding to anti-language--PRACTICE THIS AT HOME IN THE MIRROR. Decide 3-4 things you will do starting TODAY!