The Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County is proud to announce the 1st Annual Celebration of LGBTQIA+ High School, Junior High, and Middle School Graduates via live streaming.
June 7, 2020
The graduation celebration is planned as a celebration to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA+) and ally students, and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to their campuses across Santa Cruz County. We honor our LGBTQIA+ and ally graduates who are graduating, and acknowledge the unique struggles many have faced on their path to graduation.
Live Streaming at: LGBTQIA+ Graduation Celebration
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Join other Santa Cruz County youth and parents to attend the Spring 2019 Queer, Trans and Allied Summit
– Saturday, October 5, 2019, 9:30am – 2:00pm
– Watsonville High School (250 E Beach St, Watsonville, CA 95076)
– All middle and high school youth welcome
– Youth to youth workshops
– Meet other students across Santa Cruz County and beyond
“Soaring Above and Beyond the Gender Binary” (More Info Here)
9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Lakeview Middle School, Watsonville
All High School & Middle School Students Welcome
- Meet students throughout the Santa Cruz County area — from Watsonville, Salinas to Scotts Valley — who are working to help create safer schools in their community!
- Breakfast, Snacks & Lunch Provided
- Experience workshops put on by fellow youth and community resources
- Meet LGBTIQ/Ally Community Leaders
- New in 2019 – Parent/Guardian Workshops in Partnership with Gender Spectrum!
- and more….
- Learn more about the Student Summit
- Learn more about the Parent/Guardian Summit
It is our pleasure to announce that the Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. The purpose of the grant is to develop and implement a Safe Schools Index (SSI) for county schools in Santa Cruz County to guide school administrators in providing sustainable policies, practices and strategies that will result in safer and more inclusive school climates for LGBTQ students. We submitted this grant after hearing about this need from many school administrators across the county and we want to create a useable instrument in partnership with elementary, middle and high schools.
The first phase of the grant (Jan-March) is developing the instrument (currently we are calling this a “Safe Schools Index”) with a committee of administrators and convening small focus groups of administrators about the instrument. The second phase of the grant (March-May) is field-testing the instrument.
We hope that all school districts and administrators will participate by convening a focus group and by identifying administrators to be part of the SSI development committee. Please email Rob Darrow of your interest (RobDarrow@Robdarrow.us) by December 19.
Here is the Letter Sent to County Superintendents via email on December 8.
The National Steinbeck Center, California Rural Legal Assistance, Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations and the Monterey County Office of Education are excited to present a FREE screening of The Lavender Scare movie (2017) on Monday, October 8th, 6PM, Salinas Maya Cinemas.
The Lavender Scare (2017) is a documentary focusing the U.S. government’s efforts to identify and fire gay and lesbian employees in the 1950’s.
This screening is part of the NEA Big Read focusing on Tobias Wolff’s memoir This Boy’s Life. The NEA Big Read Film Series is intended to give community members additional perspectives to the themes and topics covered in This Boy’s Life. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about the NEA Big Read, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The screening is part of Salinas Valley Pride Celebrations’ week long activities leading up to the annual Salinas Valley Pride on Sunday, October 14. The screening is also part of California Rural Legal Assistance and the Monterey County Office of Education’s programming for LGBTQ History Month.
See lesson plans, videos and resources about the movie, The Lavender Scare.
Teachers and others who would like to learn about the LGBT History written in the California History Social Science Framework will benefit from this course. Taught by Dr. Rob Darrow, learn about important people and events in history as well as how to integrate LGBT history into your regular curriculum. The course, taught through CSU Monterey Bay, will be completely online with weekly online meetings during 4 months in June. Students should be able to devote at least 10 hours per week to this course. Course Info. Register by May 1 for 3 Units of credit.
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- ” Inclusive Sex Education: A Comprehensive Sex Education Guide for Teachers”
- Author: Jamie Cutter, M.A.
This guide addresses the mandates of the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA) that was passed in 2016 and mandates the teaching of CSE in all middle and high schools. Includes units, lessons and strategies for teachers to use.
The curriculum, based on CHYA, among other topics, must include the following:
- Instruction and materials shall be appropriate for use with pupils of all races, genders, sexual orientations, and ethnic and cultural backgrounds, pupils with disabilities, and English learners.
- Instruction and materials shall affirmatively recognize that people have different sexual orientations and, when discussing or providing examples of relationships and couples, shall be inclusive of same-sex relationships.
- Instruction and materials shall teach pupils about gender, gender expression, gender identity, and explore the harm of negative gender stereotypes.
Check out the monthly LGBT history snippets that were designed especially for GSA advisors. One interesting LGBT history fact each month that can be shared.
The Safe Schools Project of Santa Cruz County has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County for the purpose of creating a professional learning cohort for health and science teachers from Santa Cruz County for the teaching of Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE). The professional learning program will last from February – June 2018 and will include a teachers’ curriculum guide, 2 full days of professional learning, and twice a month after school and online meetings to discuss the various aspects of teaching CSE. See the tentative schedule.
The grant is available for up to 10 teachers, so sign up now. First day of the grant will be in February – with our first online meeting – and the first face-to-face meeting will be on Friday, February 23 from 8:30am-3:00pm. The grant provides funding for one substitute day, materials, and a stipend for each cohort teacher. The school district cost for each cohort teacher is the cost of one substitute day. Read more here.