• Welcoming Schools

    Goals of District 622 School Community Programs:

    1. Prevent bullying
    2. Increase student achievement
    3. Improve school climate so all students and families feel safe and welcome
    4. Prepare our students to be global citizens 
    Welcoming  Schools is an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping and bullying and name-calling. It has been implemented in schools in 21 states and the District of Columbia.  We have a formal partnership with the National Education Association (NEA) and have endorsements from the following: 
    • Minnesota Department of Education
    • The American School Counselors Association
    • The American Federation of Teachers (AFT)
    • The National Association of School Psychologists
    • School Social Work Association of America
    • Connecticut, Washington, and Massachusetts Departments of Education
    • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
    • National Association of Multicultural Education
    • Seeking Equity and Educational Diversity (SEED)
    • Olweus
    • Teaching Tolerance
    Additionally, the National School Board Association, as well as the National Parent Teacher Association, has supportive resolutions that align with Welcoming Schools.
    The Olweus Program (pronounced Ol-VAY-us) is a comprehensive approach that includes school-wide, classroom, individual, and community components. The program is focused on long-term change that creates a safe and positive school climate. It is designed and evaluated for use in elementary, middle, junior high and high schools (K-12). The program’s goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among schoolchildren and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among students, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than a dozen countries around the world, and in thousands of schools in the United States.