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1.) An Introduction to Welcoming Schools, a Training with CE credit - August 26 - Portland, OR
2.) Next Coalition meeting is Tues. June 18 from 2-4pm
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1.) An Introduction to Welcoming Schools, a Training with CE credit - August 26 - Portland, OR

You are invited to An Introduction to
Welcoming Schools

Monday, August 26th, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Portland State University Graduate School of Education
615 SW Harrison St., Portland, OR 97207

Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach to embracing family diversity, avoiding gender role stereotyping and ending bullying. This one-day training is designed to meet the needs of pre-school and elementary-level educators, school staff and child serving agencies.
Training participants will be provided with:
  • An  understanding of Oregon's state requirements for anti-harassment,  intimidation and bullying policies and procedures.
  • An  increased understanding of the relationship between academic achievement and a safe learning environment.
  • Best  practices for addressing bullying and building a positive school climate.  
  • An  overview of teacher training resources to bring back to your building.  
  • An  overview of classroom resources including vetted children's literature  and curriculum related to family diversity and inclusion.
  • Opportunities  to build skills in talking about gender identity and sexual  orientation in age--appropriate ways.
Continuing Education Credits will be provided. It is strongly suggested that schools bring teams to this session, if at all possible. Training room and parking information will be provided after registration.

Questions?  E-mail Tracy Flynn at

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Sponsored  by: the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Oregon Safe Schools and Communities Coalition and Portland State University

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2.) Next Coalition meeting is Tues. June 18 from 2-4pm
IMPORTANT: We have moved to summer hours. The next Safe Schools Coalition meeting is Tuesday, June 18th from 2-4pm PACIFIC TIME.

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  • Lead Chair -- Matthew Wilson (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838   
  • Back-up Lead Chair -- Seth Kirby (Oasis Youth Center): send a message or call 253-671-2838  


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