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Our Family Coalition

Welcoming and Inclusive Schools Program (WISP)

Welcoming and Inclusive Schools Program (WISP)

Our Family Coalition works with families, teachers, administrators, and child-serving professionals to create more welcoming schools and agencies to serve LGBTQ families and their allies. We believe that schools should be a positive place to learn where all students are invited and encouraged to be their full selves.


WISP Trained Schools

  • Acorn Woodland
  • Alianza Charter School
  • Alta Vista
  • Anna Yates
  • Berkeley Arts Magnet
  • Coronado Elementary
  • Crocker Highlands
  • Emerson Elementary
  • Emery Secondary School
  • Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy
  • Hanna Ranch Elementary
  • Head Royce
  • Jefferson Elementary
  • Joaquin Miller
  • Kaiser Elementary
  • Kensington Elementary
  • Korematsu
  • Lagunitas School District
  • LeConte Elementary
  • Logan Elementary
  • Longwood Elementary
  • Malcolm X Elementary
  • Markham Elementary
  • Marshall Elementary
  • Oxford Elementary
  • Park Day School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary
  • Sequoia Elementary
  • Thousand Oak
  • Vallecito
  • Washington Elementary
  • Yu Ming
Preschool Fair

Preschool Fair

Every year, Our Family Coalition hosts a LGBTQ-Inclusive Preschool Fair for parents looking for a school for their little one(s). Parents have the opportunity to meet and interview school sites on how they provide a welcoming and inclusive space for LGBTQ families.

Here is a list of schools that have particpated in past years.

Check the calendar for date and time of this annual fair.

Professional Development

Professional Development

Our Family Coalition offers a wide variety of workshops and training opportunities for professionals and community members.


Elementary School Program

Our longest running education program. We utilize a number of tools, including the Welcoming Schools Guide, to help schools be more welcoming to diverse families, be prepared to address gender disparities, and to encourage allied behavior.

Middle School Program

Our Family Coalition is expanding its education programs and workshops to meet the needs of middle schools.

Workshops

Our Family Coalition Education Team is available for conferences and trainings ranging in topic from creating more inclusive schools, examining gender with youth and young children, schools rights and responsibilities, and more.

Family Education

We facilitate workshops with families to familiarize them with promising practices and materials supporting an inclusive school and home environment.

Get Involved in Your School

Get Involved in Your School

Schedule a Teacher Training  | Schedule a Family Education Workshop |  Become a Family Diversity Advocate | Become a Teacher Liaison

Become an OFC School Liaison that receives additional training and works directly with us to support your school staff in creating a more welcoming and inclusive educational environment. If you are interested, please contact education@ourfamily.org.

 

- See more at: http://www.ourfamily.org/take-action/teachers-educators-and-providers#sthash.MyhjxMTk.dpuf

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact education@ourfamily.org.

Resources

Resources

Check out the Nov 25, 2013 Final Report of the School Success Express that was submitted to the California Board of Education. Highlights include:

  • The importance of accountability for how decisions are made, money is spent and progress is measured
  • The need for major improvements in how school leaders engage with parents and caregivers
  • The need for well-maintained and well-equipped schools to support learning and health

Click here to read the full report - Health Happens in Schools (PDF)

 

Comments and Ideas for Creating a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment (PDF)

This is a short list of some simple ways to make the classroom environment more welcoming and inclusive for LGBTQ families and individuals. Also available in Spanish.

 

Education Laws and Policies (PDF)

This is a quick overview of Education Law and Policies in California that apply to LGBTQ students.

 

FAIR Education Act Website (External Site, run by OFC)

In California, the FAIR Education Act ensures that schools integrate factual information about social movements, current events and history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social studies lessons and prevents schools from incorporating instructional materials that discriminate. Our Family Coalition actively works with schools and districts to develop comprehensive and inclusive curriculum for students. Visit the website to get more information on FAIR and to access lesson plans that that include LGBTQ families and individuals.

 

Fair Education Act Website

Fair Education Act Website

In California, the FAIR Education Act ensures that schools integrate factual information about social movements, current events and history of people with disabilities and LGBT people into existing social studies lessons and prevents schools from incorporating instructional materials that discriminate. Our Family Coalition actively works with schools and districts to develop comprehensive and inclusive curriculum for students. Visit the website to get more information on FAIR and to access lesson plans that that include LGBTQ families and individuals.

 

 

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