Who Should See this Film
Colleges of Education
It’s Elementary is a staple in education departments, where it is used in undergraduate and graduate courses, including courses for student teachers. Following the murder of Matthew Shepard, many colleges began using the film to respond to students’ requests for information about preventing dangerous stereotypes and violence on their campus.
"This film is the most powerful tool I’ve seen in getting students to talk about the most basic issues of tolerance."
— Andrew Garrod, director, Teacher Education Program, Department of Education, Dartmouth University
"There is growing awareness among educators and students alike that this kind of education needs to begin as early as possible, and It’s Elementary shows many creative and appropriate ways to discuss gay issues and social equity with young children."
— Amy Roberts, professor
In-Service Trainings for Educators and Youth-Service Professionals
The Chicago public school district uses It’s Elementary for staff development and training in every one of its schools.
"The film is about more than gay and lesbian issues. It is about respect, acceptance and understanding, which is why we feel all of our teachers should see it."
— Mary Morten, former director, Chicago Commission on Human Relations Advisory Council on Gay and Lesbian Issues
It’s Elementary is a great way for parents and teens to talk about how to make their community more welcoming to all. The film has found a home in virtually all denominations, from Lutheran churches in Wausau Wisconsin; Catholic churches in Salt Lake City; Unitarian churches in Bethesda, Maryland; Presbyterian churches in New Brunswick, New Jersey; Quaker congregations in Decatur, Georgia; and Jewish synagogues in Palo Alto, California.
"It’s Elementary ought to be mandatory viewing for anyone involved in secular or religious education."
— The Rev. Philip Cable, The United Church of Canada
"Packed with humor, compassion, real people, real kids and solid information, It’s Elementary is a superb educational tool — one that is very appropriate for religious communities working toward full acceptance of lesbian and gay people. "
— Rabbi Yoel Kahn, executive director, Hillel Foundation, Stanford University
National Organizations and Their Chapters
It’s Elementary can help organizations further their advocacy efforts around lesbian and gay issues and can help chapters of national organizations address lesbian and gay issues in their local communities. For example, the National Education Association has screened excerpts of the film for its national board of directors, and the training version of the film has been shown in its entirety at regional NEA training sessions around the country. Hundreds of PFLAG and virtually all GLSEN chapters have used It’s Elementary to speak in classrooms and at school faculty meetings about how to create safe-school environments for all children.
"Schools cannot be neutral when we’re dealing with issues of human dignity and human rights. I’m not talking about tolerance. I’m talking about acceptance. It’s Elementary is a great resource for parents, teachers and community leaders working to teach respect and responsibility to America’s children."
— Bob Chase, former president, National Education Association
Middle School and High School Classrooms
Students love to watch other students talk about an issue they grapple with every day, and teachers are using selected scenes from It’s Elementary for classroom discussion in English, social studies, communications and health education classes. It’s Elementary often encourages students to look closely at how anti-gay prejudice affects them and their peers. For example, after a screening in upstate New York, high school students demanded that their school adopt an aggressive anti-slur policy. Parent organizations at hundreds of schools have also used the film to open up much-needed discussion.
"Deciding to address homophobia without showing It’s Elementary would be like going to a baseball game and not playing the national anthem. The film is an absolute must-see for any school or organization that is serious about addressing anti-gay prejudice."
— Tom Little, head of school, Park Day School, City, Calfornia
It’s Elementary has been shown at hundreds of educational conferences all over the country, reaching audiences of thousands of educators, counselors, school administrators, health care providers and parents. Conference screenings give participants the opportunity to learn how to begin a conversation on a subject they often don’t know how to begin talking about.
"Prejudice is a major health hazard to American kids — film is a terrific tool toward addressing acceptance of gay and lesbian people."
— Louis Z. Cooper, MD, former president, American Academy of Pediatrics
Human Resource Departments
Companies across America have found that screening It’s Elementary is a powerful way to open up dialogue among employees about anti-gay prejudices. Screening the film helps illustrate their concern about the well-being of all of their employees.
"Everyone cares about kids — and most adults in the workplace are also parents. Showing It’s Elementary is a very nonthreatening way to get employees to talk about an issue that really affects everyone — not just gay and lesbian employees."
— Liz Winfield, president, Common Ground Workplace Diversity Consultants