All of Us – Safe Schools Coalition Australia

All Of Us is an innovative new teaching and learning resource that aims to increase students’ understanding and awareness of gender diversity, sexual diversity and intersex topics. It is funded by the Australian Government, and has been jointly developed by Safe Schools Coalition Australia and Minus18.

The resource captures the real life experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people through a collection of short videos and teaching activities that are aligned to the Year 7/8 Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum.

Australian Human Rights Commission: rightsEd

The Australian Human Rights Commission’s human rights education resources for teachers – rightsED – aims to help students develop a critical understanding of human rights and responsibilities, as well as developing the attitudes, behaviours and skills to apply them in everyday life.

Equal opportunity Tasmania

Equal Opportunity Tasmania has easily accessible brochures on topics including gender identity discrimination, intersex discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination.

Family Planning Tasmania

Family Planning Tasmania offers school and youth programs providing best practice Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) to Tasmanian students from K – 12, including alternative education and post-compulsory education. All programs are developed to suit clients, include content as directed and can complement the scope, sequence and learning outcomes of the National Australian HPE Curriculum where applicable.

Pridentity

Pridentity stands for pride + identity and is an education program to help students become informed about sexuality and sexual diversity, the myths and facts about same-sex attraction and transgender issues, homophobia and bullying, and gender stereotypes.
Developed in 2011, the Pridentity Resource Kit is the culmination of many years of successful in-school workshops focusing on inclusive sexuality education for secondary school students. The Kit is designed for teachers and community workers. It provides lesson plans, activities and links to further resources to support teaching practice that is inclusive, interactive and fun and is linked to Victorian learning outcomes.

 

Resources from the USA
The following resources area available online and can be adapted to suit Australian educational settings:

GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) – USA

GLSEN is the leading American education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students. Their goal is for every student, in every school, to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The organisation believes that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow.

GLSEN has a range of resources and programs that can be helpful in creating safe and inclusive learning environments including:

Day of Silence

GLSEN’s Day of Silence involves hundreds of thousands of students across the world take a vow of silence on a Friday in April. This powerful, student-led action raises awareness about the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying, harassment and discrimination.

Ready Set Respect! – Elementary Toolkit

GLSEN developed Ready, Set, Respect! to provide tools to support elementary educators. The kit provides a set of tools that will help to prepare to teach about respect and includes lesson plans that can help to seize teachable moments. The lessons focus on name-calling, bullying and bias, LGBT-inclusive family diversity and gender roles and diversity.

Safe Space Kit

The Safe Space Kit is GLSEN’s Guide to Being an Ally to LGBT Students. The guide provides concrete strategies that help support LGBT students, educate about anti-LGBT bias and advocate for changes in schools.

ThinkB4YouSpeak

The ThinkB4YouSpeak campaign aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of anti-LGBT bias and behaviour in schools. Ultimately, the goal is to reduce and prevent the use of anti-LGBT language in an effort to create a more positive environment for LGBT teens. The campaign also aims to reach adults, including school personnel and parents.

It’s Elementary

It’s Elementary models excellent teaching about family diversity, name-calling, stereotypes, community building and more. The accompanying 136-page It’s Elementary guide to community organizing, professional development, and K-8 curriculum is shares ideas and resources for using It’s Elementary to make change on many levels in the classroom, in schools of education, with school boards and within communities. A copy of the film is available in Federation’s library for loan.