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
    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)
    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. 


    Welcoming Schools Recognition
    Two District schools receive Seal of Excellence from Welcoming Schools

    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.