GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), the nation’s leading education organization focused on ensuring safe schools for all students, has launched its 25 Days for Safer Schools back-to-school initiative. As part of the effort, GLSEN will highlight a different educational resource each day for 25 consecutive school days through September 29.
GLSEN programs and resources have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms across the United States. In addition to celebrating back-to-school season, the 25 days beginning August 25 are a nod to GLSEN’s upcoming 25th anniversary in 2015. The select group from a wide range of GLSEN’s free resources will be released through various digital engagement channels (the GLSEN blog, Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook and weekly emails) and presented over the course of five themed weeks:
- Aug. 25 – 29: Educators
- Sept. 2 – 5: Curriculum
- Sept. 8 – 12: Students
- Sept. 15 – 19: GLSEN Chapters
- Sept. 22 – 26: Public Policy
- Sept. 29: Preview of Upcoming Events
With a deep belief that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow, GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through pioneering original research, innovative program development, community organizing, student leadership development, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence (the country’s largest student-led event), No Name-Calling Week, Changing the Game and Think B4 You Speak.