Safe Schools Program
Empowering Central Coast educators to create just and inclusive schools where
all students are safe and successful.
What are educators saying about Just Communities’
Safe Schools Program?
“This was the single best
experience in my ten years
as a teacher.”
“Extremely effective at opening my eyes, educating and expanding upon previous knowledge.”
“It helps to bring to light the little everyday things that
“I was resistant to spending time and energy on another workshop based on “awareness.” I learned plenty more about myself and those around me. Thanks.”
“The training helped to explain lots of the everyday things that are ingrained in society and what we can do to change it.”
“Definitely made me and my students more aware of where we stand!”
“This was one of the better
in-services. This kind of “outside the box’ thinking is the kind of refreshing change we need to revitalize our education system.“
“We learned where we are stuck and where we are not. We gained more perspective on what is important and what is not. Now we are in a much better position to go back and do something.”
“Everyone can benefit from this!”
Safe Schools Training
Just Communities’ Safe Schools Program is a one to
two-day training designed to help K-12 educators, administrators, staff, and high school students better understand the root causes of sex & gender-based harassment, bullying, and violence; develop a common language and framework for understanding and talking about the issues; and engage in problem solving and action planning designed to make schools
safer for all students.
Why is this training important?
More than two million school-age children identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). Many others are grappling with issues related to their sexual orientation or gender identity. National studies show that LGBT youth are five times more likely to suffer harassment, bullying and violence than their heterosexual peers. But heterosexism and homophobia do not just affect LGBT youth.
What will we learn in the workshop?
Through experiential exercises, dialogue and other learning activities, participants will:
Develop a stronger understanding of the root causes of Sex & Gender Based Harassment;
Identify the daily educational experience of students based on their real and perceived gender and sexual orientation;
Explore how societal and school culture maintains a climate where harassment takes place;
Asses your school using best practices models;
Develop concrete strategies for more effectively addressing issues of harassment based on sex, gender and sexual orientation and for creating more equitable and inclusive educational environments for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities.
To find out more, contact:
Jarrod Schwartz at