1. Prevent bullying2. Increase student achievement3. Improve school climate so all students and families feel safe and welcome4. 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 EducationThe American School Counselors AssociationThe American Federation of Teachers (AFT)The National Association of School PsychologistsSchool Social Work Association of AmericaConnecticut, Washington, and Massachusetts Departments of EducationAssociation for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)National Association of Multicultural EducationSeeking Equity and Educational Diversity (SEED)OlweusTeaching ToleranceAdditionally, 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.
Recently, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Program recognized 10 schools and two school districts across the nation that have gone the extra mile to create safe schools. Both Carver and Castle elementary schools were among the 10 schools recognized for their work around school climate and bullying prevention.
The Welcoming Schools approach is lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) inclusive, and creates school climates that welcome all family structures and all students.
The first ever Welcoming Schools Seal of Excellence Award ceremony was held on May 2, 2014 in Saint Paul.