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Chasnoff to Address IBPA on Supporting Students in Today’s Political Climate



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GroundSpark’s president and senior producer Debra Chasnoff will be the kickoff speaker at the International Bullying Prevention Association’s upcoming conference in San Diego, Inclusion Through Kindness and Community: One-day summit supporting our LGBTQ youth.

headshot of Debra ChasnoffDebra’s talk, “Culture Change Strategies for Addressing Bias” will focus on how educators can find ways to address the bias issues which have become much more charged for students in today’s political climate.

She’ll be focusing on how we can open up critical discussions about race, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexism, ableism, religion and more to protect our students and encourage everyone to be strong allies.

In an interactive session, Debra will use excerpts from our Respect for All documentaries to model strategies educators can use in their schools.

“Debra Chasnoff was the first person we thought of to kick off the event,” says IBPA executive director Lynn Lonsway.” Her message to confront prejudice, discrimination, and bias is powerful and will be more timely and critical than ever to our attendees.”

Lonsway says the conference will sell out soon, so if you are an educator in the area, register now.

Debra is also available to share her presentation at other conferences. Visit our website to learn more.

 

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What’s New for Ally Week 2016?



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What’s new for Ally Week 2016? This year we are focusing on supporting schools to help students examine how race, class, culture, and ethnicity impact any person’s experience when it comes to gender and sexuality.

Faces of Four Racially Diverse Youth

Faces of Four Racially Diverse Youth

Put yourself in the shoes of these high school students who appear in the film and analyze how their experience of gender norms is affected by their particular backgrounds.

Once again we are proud partners with the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and Gay Straight Alliances everywhere for Ally Week, which will be September 26 – 30, 2016.

We are making our award-winning documentary, Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up available to watch for free for the entire month.

 

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You can also purchase the DVD and our comprehensive curriculum guide at 50% off for the entire month just by using discount code AWGS16 when you make your purchase.

Each DVD set comes with a free, 165-page curriculum guide on how to use the film to open up critical classroom discussions for middle, high school, and college students about the gender binary, homophobia, dating pressures, and much more.

The activities in the guide are correlated to National Sexuality Education Core Curriculum standards as well.

During Ally Week, participants across the country will consider what they can do to become an even better ally to another person, or group of people. Straightlaced, which explores the pressures that ALL teens face when it comes to dealing with gender norms and sexuality, is the perfect tool for sparking dialogue and community action around these issues. What’s new for Ally Week 2016? This year we are focusing on supporting schools to help students examine how race, class, culture, and ethnicity impact any person’s experience when it comes to gender and sexuality.

Staff Training & Community Workshops from Respect for All Project



By | Events, It's Elementary, Latest News, Let's Get Real, Respect For All Project, Straightlaced, That's A Family!

classroom2School’s in full swing and so is our program to help schools ensure community wide respect for every student.

Our highly skilled facilitators help open up dialogue, expand staff expertise and strengthen community support for:

  • Cultivating a safe school climate
  • Preventing violence
  • Addressing bias-based bullying
  • Closing the achievement gap
  • Improving emotional health
  • Welcoming family diversity
  • Promoting character education
  • Empowering youth to develop positive identity around issues of gender, race and sexual orientation
  • Tackling homophobia through LGBT inclusive education

Learn more

Respect for All Project workshops are centered around our highly acclaimed award-winning documentary films, including Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up, Let’s Get Real, It’s Elementary—Talking About Gay Issues in School, It’s STILL Elementary, and That’s a Family!

Every workshop ends with a concrete action plan, customized for your school or organization—because we know you don’t just want to talk, you want to act. Participants leave with the tools, including curriculum, for individuals and groups to create more safety and opportunity for all young people.

  • Contact us for a preliminary call so we can understand your needs and suggest an appropriate workshop for your school, district or association. Some partial subsidies may be available thanks to the generosity of our funders and donor community.
  • See where we have trained.
  • Learn about our impact.
  • Contact us about a professional development workshop or community forum today.

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Debra Chasnoff at Northwest LGBTA Youth Conference for Hope



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GroundSpark is proud to announce our Founding Director Debra Chasnoff will be the keynote speaker at the 2nd Northwest LGBTA Youth Conference for Hope. There will also be a screening of our film, It’s STILL Elementary. This conference was inspired by the 2009 LGBTQIA Youth Conference for Hope, hosted by the Odyssey Youth Center in Spokane, Washington. Lion’s Pride was challenged by the original creators of the conference to host the next conference in Idaho in the summer of 2011. This year’s conference will focus on helping families with youth heal from the complications that the coming out of a loved one can bring upon a family. Together with our partners and sponsors we will do this through the education, discussion, and workshops that will give families more tools to encourage healing. If you have youth ages 25 and under and your family has a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender family member, this is the conference for you. Bring your questions, your family, and expect to meet other families in the same situation that your family is in.