NASSP LGBTQ+ School Leaders Network

What is the LGBTQ+ School Leaders Network? The challenging work of school leadership can often feel isolating—especially if you identify as LGBTQ+. To provide a platform of mutual support for principals and assistant principals in the LGBTQ+ community, NASSP manages a network where administrators can meet regularly to share challenges, struggles, and opportunities, and support […]

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LGBTQ+ Students and Educators

Purpose: To affirm support for the rights, safety, and identity of all LGBTQ+ students, educators, and school leaders; acknowledge historic marginalization and institutional bias associated with LGBTQ+ individuals; state the association’s opposition to legislation and policies that discriminate against LGBTQ+ individuals; and provide recommendations for federal, state, and local policymakers and school leaders on how […]

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Leading By Example: How School Principals Can Support LGBTQ Students

The following interview first appeared on the Human Rights Campaign website as a guest post contribution. As equality and acceptance continue to be top of mind for many, many school leaders continue to ask what else they can be doing to support students who face discrimination within the classroom. Ashton Mota, HRC Youth Ambassador and […]

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NASSP and HRC Lead School Inclusion Efforts for LGBTQ Students

NASSP and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) have partnered to highlight the important role that principals have in striving for educational equity, with a focus on safety and inclusion for LGBTQ students. The need for culturally responsive practices that promote each student’s academic well-being is especially critical in this politically charged time. HRC’s 2018 LGBTQ […]

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Navigating LGBT Issues

The Amazon TV show Transparent, centered around a transgender parent, earned an Emmy this year. Brilliant scientist Alan Turing, a gay man involved in national security, was the subject of a major motion picture in 2014. During the first Democratic presidential debate, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that society needed to do more to prevent discrimination against […]

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NASSP School Safety Resources

Without a doubt, the most pressing issue in schools today is safety. It seems like a week can’t go by without hearing about a school shooting or someone talking about school safety fears. We know that earning occurs best in an inviting, safe, and orderly school setting. School leaders accept that their first responsibility is […]

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Legal Matters

Recently, a few instructors refused to refer to their transgender students by the names or pronouns that corresponded to their gender identity during class. After the instructors were disciplined, they filed lawsuits. Although their lawsuits included various legal claims, this article examines only whether instructors have a free speech right under the First Amendment to […]

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Let the Games Begin

Sociologists classify our students and young teachers as “Gen Z”—a perennially wired cohort that doesn’t remember a time before mobile phones or the internet. They inhabit what media scholar Dr. Henry Jenkins terms a participatory culture. Unlike people raised on spectatorial media of TV, film, and books, Gen Zs were reared on an interactive diet […]

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