Educator Supports

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Powerschool Name Change Information Circular
Powerschool Name Change Form
Transgender 101

Learn more about the LGBTQIA+ community.

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Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity 

The Understanding LGBTQ+ Identity: A Toolkit for Educators Collection offers a series of digital media resources to help administrators, guidance counselors, and educators understand and effectively address the complex and difficult issues faced by LGBTQ students. The collection features short segments of video content from WNET’s groundbreaking LGBTQ series First Person, a digital series that delivers candid personal narratives illustrating larger conversations about gender, sexuality, social norms, and identity development. 

Fair Act Curricula


"The FAIR Education Act requires that California K-12 schools provide Fair, Accurate, Inclusive and Respectful representations of people with disabilities and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender in history and social studies curriculum.

Check out the SDUSD Fair Education Act/HSS curriculum, arranged by grade level. 

Supporting Transgender & Nonbinary Students 

San Diego Unified School District is committed to creating and sustaining welcoming, safe, and supportive school environments for transgender and gender non-conforming students in accordance with the California school success and opportunity act (January 2014). All schools in SDUSD provide access to facilities and extracurricular activities that align with students' gender identity. SDUSD is devoted to ensuring safe, supportive, and welcoming school sites, free from discrimination and harassment, for all students.

The Importance of Gender Pronouns 

Gender pronouns are important because they're the smallest way to 
acknowledge someone's identity. Other than our name, pronouns are 
one of the main ways that people identify and call us. The practice of using your own pronouns when introducing yourself to another person or in a larger group helps demystify the notion that the use of gender pronouns is the sole responsibility of transgender or
gender nonconforming youth and adults. Using pronouns creates safer and more inclusive spaces for people to be themselves knowing that 
other people are going to respect their identity.



Best Practices for Supporting LGBT Students & Families


Read and use this best practices document to help guide school-wide and classroom practices and policies. Post the document in a visible place in your main office, meeting spaces, or staff lounge to help increase awareness around these best practices.  

LGBTQIA+ Education FAQs


This handbook is a guide for educators and administrators seeking information and backing for the support of our LGBTQIA+ students. Included are a series of frequently asked questions and concerns presented by parents, educators, and administrators along with a brief explanation that highlights best practices, district, state, and federal policy. 











Tips for Teachers and Admin from a Trans Student

This critical practices guide offers suggestions and tips for teachers and administrators. The guide was created by transgender student, Sabian Mignone, and provides a powerful narrative approach to educators seeking to create safe and inclusive spaces for their transgender students. 


Social Justice Standards

Introducing Teaching Tolerance’s Social Justice Standards, a road map for anti-bias education at every grade level.
The Social Justice Standards are a set of anchor standards and age-appropriate learning outcomes divided into four domains—identity, diversity, justice and action. The standards provide a common language and organizational structure: Teachers can use
them to guide curriculum development, and administrators can use them to make schools more just, equitable and safe. The standards are leveled for every stage of K–12 education and include school-based scenarios to show what anti-bias attitudes and behavior may
look like in the classroom. 

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LGBTQIA+ Resource Guide

This comprehensive resouce guide compiles information for educators and administrators that includes district, state, and national resources available to our students. There is a guide to district, state, and national laws and policy, a booklist of LGBTQIA+ inclusive content and characters, SDUSD resources, as well as best practices from national organizations such as Gender Spectrum, GLSEN, and Human Rights Campaign.
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"Out for Safe Schools" Poster

Make a visible stand for our LGBTQIA+ students by rocking the "Out for Safe Schools" badge on your lanyard or keychain. We've developed a poster to put in your classrooms, offices, hallways, and bathrooms to show students what it means when they see a staff member or other adult wearing the badge. 

Commit to being an upstander and safe person for LGBTQIA+ students. Contact Mick Rabin at [email protected] to request a badge or school training on LGBTQIA+ student support. 
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"Blow the Whistle on Bullying"

This poster is designed to accompany the "Out Badge" and/or the "Out Whistle" for P.E. teachers and coaches. Help make our restrooms, locker rooms, basketball courts, and football fields safer by visibly wearing the badge or whistle.

We've developed a poster to put in restrooms, locker rooms, athletic centers, basketball courts, and auditoriums to show students what it means when they see a staff member or other adult wearing the badge. 

Commit to being an upstander and safe person for LGBTQIA+ students. Contact Mick Rabin at [email protected] to request a badge or whistle. 
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How to Support Non-Binary Students

National Student Council members Katie, Marisa, and Ezra describe non-binary identity, their school experiences, and how schools can support non-binary students. Learn more at glsen.org/trans

To learn more about GLSEN and our work to make schools safe and more inclusive for LGBTQ students, visit http://www.glsen.org

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Trans 101


BEING TRANS, GENDER IDENTITY, AND WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
Trans 101 is a starter pack designed to help support trans people around you!

It's all about helping people better understand what it means to be trans, and how to make the world and better, safer, happier place for trans and gender diverse people!


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Connect to some of the community, local, and national culture resources.

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GLSEN

At GLSEN, we want every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.
We accomplish our goals by working in hallways across the country -- from Congress and the Department of Education to schools and district offices in your community -- to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education. 



Southern Poverty Law Center 

The SPLC stands up for the powerless, the exploited and other victims of discrimination and hate.
For more than four decades, we’ve won landmark cases that brought systemic reforms in the Deep South. We’ve toppled remnants of Jim Crow segregation and destroyed violent white supremacist groups. We’ve shattered barriers to equality for women, vulnerable children, the LGBT community and the disabled. We’ve protected migrant workers and immigrants from abuse, ensured the humane treatment of prisoners, reformed juvenile justice practices, and more.



GSA Network

Our overall strategy for fighting for educational justice is to work with grassroots, youth-led groups and GSAs, empowering them to educate their schools and communities, advocate for just policies that protect LGBTQ youth from harassment and violence, and organize in coalition with other youth groups across identity lines to address broader issues of oppression.
All of our work with students focuses on leadership development and activism that prioritizes building alliances not only across sexual orientation and gender identity lines, but also across race, ethnicity, and class lines, and our resources and trainings are designed to facilitate coalition building.



San Diego LGBT Pride

San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.

Pride festivities have grown from a small grassroots march for equal rights into the largest civic event in the region, with activities that span a full week of celebrating the LGBTQ community. San Diego Pride has donated over 2.5 million dollars to LGBTQ-serving nonprofits and runs multiple year-round education, advocacy, and community service programs.



The San Diego LGBT Community Center

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBT community centers in the nation.

 The Center provides targeted programs and services to the full diversity of the San Diego LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, trans and non-binary individuals, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those living with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 82,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.



Diversionary Theatre

Diversionary Theatre was founded in 1986 to provide quality theatre for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. The mission of the theatre is to provide an inspiring and thought provoking theatrical platform to explore complex and diverse LGBT stories, which influence the larger cultural discussion.
Our vision is to foster and amplify the next generation of LGBT voices providing live entertainment in a dynamic, inclusive and provocative environment that celebrates and preserves our unique culture.



Get involved and start impacting LGBTQIA+ education today!

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LGBTQIA+ Education & Advocacy Workshops

SDUSD is committed to emphasizing the role of educators as adult allies and advocates to LGBTQIA+ students. The training offerings listed here present local, state, and national data on LGBTQIA+ student experiences, 
highlights district, state, and federal policies that protect and support 
LGBTQIA+ students, explores support practices educators can immediately
implement, and provides resources and strategies for creating inclusive schools where all students feel welcome.




LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee

As a team of SDUSD staff, students, families, and community members, this committee advises the superintendent and school board on issues of safe and welcoming school environments, school policies, training, support groups, and resources for LGBTQIA+ members within SDUSD. 

Topics include
     -Student Voice
     -School Climate
     -Educator Training
     -Name Change Forms
     -Curriculum 
     -GSA
​     -All-Gender Spaces


GLSEN School Year Calendar

GLSEN School Year Calendar '18-'19

Start planning now!

The school year is full of opportunities to participate in GLSEN events, address LGBTQ and social justice issues, learn about diverse communities and take action to create safe and affirming schools for ALL! Use this calendar to schedule your GSA meetings, lesson plans, student events and staff development workshops as part of your ongoing multicultural and LGBTQ-inclusion efforts.

Identity-Based Curriculum Modules

Access Youth Advocacy's Identity-Based Curriculum Modules, including the LGBTQIA+ History module. 

-Stonewall Riots
-Bayard Rustin
-The Lavender Scare
-Don't Ask, Don't Tell


Get access to the curriulum modules by registering here or contacting [email protected] 

Professional Development: Best Practices

Join us for this countywide training that provides information on the best practices and policies for school administrators. In this training, you will have a chance to explore model policies to support LGBTQIA+ studens, create an LGBTQIA+ action and support plan, learn how to administer a school climate survey, and gather resources/network with other administrators. 

Contact Violeta Mora at [email protected] for more information or with any questions. 

Free Screening: Raising Zoey

Raising Zoey is the coming of age story of a transgender teen on a journey to find her voice — as a daughter, sister, student and activist. The film covers topics pertaining to growing up trans in a working-class Latino home, and the intersectionality of the family addresses subjects like immigration, early transitioning, knowing your rights at school as a trans/GNC student, navigating medical insurance, community support, early medical support, suicide prevention, empowerment, and peer to peer advocacy. Following a screening of the 50-minute documentary, there will be Q&A time with Ofelia Barba and Zoey Luna as well as filmmaker Dante Alencastre.

Join us on April 26, 2019 from 6:00-8:30PM! Contact Ebonee Weathers with any questions or concerns at [email protected]

"This is a Safe Space" Poster

Visibility is foundational in the support of our LGBTQIA+ students. The Office of LGBTQIA+ Education and Advocacy has developed a series of visibiltiy posters and signs to be hung is classrooms, offices, and other spaces where there are safe, supportive, and affirming staff members. Please download and print copies of this poster for your classroom and share with other educators who will hold safe space for LGBTQIA+ students. 

For more information or any questions, please contact Ebonee Weathers at [email protected]