Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students by Sadowski, Michael

Safe Is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students

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Safe Is Not Enough illustrates how educators can support the positive development of LGBTQ students in a comprehensive way so as to create truly inclusive school communities. Using examples from classrooms, schools, and districts across the country, Michael Sadowski identifies emerging practices such as creating an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum; fostering a whole-school climate that is supportive of LGBTQ students; providing adults who can act as mentors and role models; and initiating effective family and community outreach programs.
While progress on LGBTQ issues in schools remains slow, in many parts of the country schools have begun making strides toward becoming safer, more welcoming places for LGBTQ students. Schools typically achieve this by revising antibullying policies and establishing GSAs (gay-straight student alliances). But it takes more than a deficit-based approach for schools to become places where LGBTQ students can fulfill their potential. In Safe Is Not Enough, Michael Sadowski highlights how educators can make their schools more supportive of LGBTQ students' positive development and academic success.

Author: Michael Sadowski
Binding Type: Paperback
Publisher: Harvard Education PR
Published: 08/09/2016
Series: Youth Development and Education
Pages: 232
Weight: 0.7lbs
Size: 8.90h x 6.00w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781612509426

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 11/01/2016 pg. 125

About the Author
Michael Sadowski teaches about youth development and education at Bard College and is director of the Bard Early College-Hudson Initiative, a program to offer Bard courses to high school students in New York's Hudson Valley. He is the author of In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood (Temple University Press, 2013) and Portraits of Promise: Voices of Successful Immigrant Students (Harvard Education Press, 2013). He also is the editor of the Harvard Education Press book series on youth development and education; Adolescents at School: Perspectives on Youth, Identity, and Education, now in its second edition with Harvard Education Press; and Teaching Immigrant and Second-Language Students: Strategies for Success (Harvard Education Press, 2004). He has written numerous articles and book chapters for publications such as Educational Leadership, Issues in Teacher Education, and the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development, and he has contributed op-ed pieces to the LGBTQ news magazine the Advocate. In addition, Michael was editor of the Harvard Education Letter, for which he won the National Press Club Award for analytical newsletter journalism; served as a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; was vice-chair of the Massachusetts Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth; and taught high school and middle school English and theatre at public schools in New York and Massachusetts.