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Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends: 
1.) Safe Schools Coalition meeting is next Tuesday, July 16 from 2-4pm
2.) This Elementary School Was Horrible To A Little Girl. What The Court Did About It Was Wonderful.
3.) Action Alert from Equal Rights Washington: ENDA advances out of committee today. Tell Congress to pass it this session.
4.) The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide - Journal of Adolescent Health
6.) 2013 Oregon State of Safe Schools Report Released!
5.) Job: Equity and Outreach Coordinator Postition - Edmonds WA School District - Deadline: 07/15/2013
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1.) Safe Schools Coalition meeting is next Tuesday, July 16 from 2-4pm

IMPORTANT: We have moved to summer hours. The next Safe Schools Coalition meeting is Tuesday, July 16th from 2-4pm PACIFIC TIME.

Contact Matthew if you have agenda items to suggest or if you need instructions about attending (in person) or calling in (by conference call). Contact form: or call: 253-671-2838.

All are welcome! You do NOT need to be a Coalition member to attend.

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See "Who comes to our meetings? Why? When? Where? How can I join a meeting by conference call?" here:  

2.) This Elementary School Was Horrible To A Little Girl. What The Court Did About It Was Wonderful.

This Elementary School Was Horrible To A Little Girl. What The Court Did About It Was Wonderful.
by Megan Kelley

"We've recently seen some huge victories concerning same-sex marriage and equal rights for gay folks. There's no reason why the trans community shouldn't be next. A small bathroom-related victory may not seem like a big deal, but the video says this is the first time ANY court has said that trans people must be treated equally. This is a huge victory."

Watch the video by Jasmine Bailey for Newsy.

3.) Action Alert from Equal Rights Washington: ENDA advances out of committee today. Tell Congress to pass it this session.

Note: We are sharing this item because we believe that it is an issue Safe Schools Coalition members and friends may be interested in.
If you have opinion about it, please let your voice be heard.


A U.S. Senate committee voted Wednesday on long-overdue legislation to protect LGBT workers from discrimination. The Senate Health, Labor, Education & Pensions Committee's successful bi-partisan vote marks the first time a version of ENDA with transgender protections advanced in Congress. Until this law is passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives, people in 29 states in the U.S. can still be fired for being LGBT.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), an ENDA co-sponsor, has stated he intends to bring the bill to the floor soon.


No more delays on ENDA!
The time to pass the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA) is long overdue.  Workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression should be prohibited under federal law.

Team ERW

Equal Rights Washington (ERW) works to ensure and promote dignity, safety and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Washington residents.

4.) The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide
The Relationship Between Youth Involvement in Bullying and Suicide - Journal of Adolescent Health
Edited by Marci F. Hertz
The Journal of Adolescent Health - Volume 53, Issue 1, Supplement, Pages A1-A10, S1-S54 (July 2013)

Inclusive Anti-bullying Policies and Reduced Risk of Suicide Attempts in Lesbian and Gay Youth
Mark L. Hatzenbuehler, Ph.D.and Katherine M. Keyes, Ph.D.
And here is pdf version.


5.) 2013 Oregon State of Safe Schools Report Released!
2013 Oregon State of Safe Schools Report Released!
May 24, 2013 by gkrugel - Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition (OSSCC)

Over 70 Oregon school districts changed their anti-bullying policies last year to better protect students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, but nearly one in three school districts still does not comply with state law, a new report has found.

With support from a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Public Health Law Research program awarded to the Oregon Public Health Division, the Oregon Safe Schools & Communities Coalition (OSSCC) in partnership with the Oregon Public Health Division, Q Center and OGALLA: The LGBT Bar Association of Oregon collected and examined school district policy information from nearly all of Oregon's 197 school districts. School districts were evaluated based on how well the district policies complied with the amended Oregon Safe Schools Act. The state law, established in 2009 and amended in 2012, strengthened protections for students who are or are perceived to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or are targeted because of their gender identity.

OSSCC is proud to share the following information about school district policies, and their compliancy ranking with Oregon's Safe Schools Act, obtained from our research in 2013. OSSCC is willing to provide additional information from our working group team to any district or community member who wishes to learn more. Please contact us at

    Read the full press release here. (pdf)
    Download The 2013 State of the Safe Schools Act report. (pdf)

6.) Job: Equity and Outreach Coordinator Postition - Edmonds WA School District - Deadline: 07/15/2013
Position Details
Position Information

Listing ID: 130624001
Position: Professional-Technical
Assignment: Equity and Outreach Coordinator
Location: ESC
Salary: Level 16; 2012-13 Prof-Tech Salary Schedule
Pay: $75,814.00 Salary
Work Year: 8 hrs/day, 260 days/yr
Employment Type: Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt

Application Deadline: 07/15/2013

Apply via this page.

Position Description and Application Steps


The Edmonds School District seeks outstanding professionals who are committed to helping young people achieve success, enjoy working in a collaborative environment, look for opportunities to expand their capabilities, and view education as a partnership of students, staff, parents and community.

The Equity and Outreach Coordinator develops, organizes, and oversees student support programs and outreach services including Indian Education Program, Latino Community Outreach, Homeless Education Services, Becca, and student discipline services. This position is assigned to the Educational Services Center in Lynnwood and reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education. This position provides leadership and training to District staff to create culturally inclusive learning environments; identifies and develops solutions to address equity issues and improve student achievement; collaborates with District administrators to improve access and inclusion of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse families; reviews and monitors grant funds and assigned program budgets for compliance; provides guidance to the Equity Alliance for Achievement (EAACH) committee of parents and community members; facilitates and assesses professional development opportunities for staff to ensure equity of access, to maintain high expectations for the academic achievement for all students, and to create respectful working/learning environments regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, disability or sexual preference. The Equity and Outreach Coordinator works collaboratively with members of the Superintendent's staff and with the Student Learning and Student Services Divisions to support culturally inclusive teaching and learning materials and methods; develops and recommends goals and objectives for incorporating multicultural awareness and perspective into current District curriculum. This position will to supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff. The successful candidate will have a significant amount of interaction with employees at all levels of the organization and the general public, requiring the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of people. B.A. or B.S. in Education, Public Policy, Social Work or related field is required. A Master's degree is preferred. Extensive relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

Please complete all steps in the application process so that we may fully consider you. We are seeking the best applicant for this position and will give time and care to review your materials.

For each of the General Questions you are asked in the application:
- Provide specific examples of work experience, accomplishments, and achievements that demonstrate your ability to perform that aspect of the work.
- Include information concerning the setting where the experience was gained.
- Examples should be descriptions of what you have done, not descriptions of how to do the work or statements that you have done the work.

If you are hired, you will need to complete an Employment Eligibility Form and submit documentation to Human Resources for review and verification to comply with the Federal Immigration Reform and Control Act. All offers of hire are contingent upon passing a nation-wide criminal history check. All newly hired employees must complete a probationary period of 90 days following their hire date. Please note the salary assigned to this position is a single-step range; there are no longevity step increases. Increases in the salary schedule in future years are contingent upon legislative appropriation and subject to local bargaining between the District and the Professional-Technical Employees Group.

Conditions of Employment
1. Are you a citizen or do you have a visa which permits you to work in the United States?
2. I authorize the District to make any investigation of any personal, educational, vocational, or employment history. I further authorize any former employer, person, firm, corporation, educational, or vocational institution or government agency to provide the District with information they have regarding me. I hereby release and discharge the District and those who provide information from any and all liability as a result of furnishing and receiving this information.
3. I certify that answers given herein are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. In the event of employment, I understand that false or misleading information given in my application or interview(s) may result in discharge. I understand also that I am required to abide by all rules and regulations of the District.

General Questions
1. Please describe your knowledge and experience in the field of equity, racism and social justice. Describe how this issue impacts individuals interacting with and requiring services from large organizations such as school systems.
2. Describe how you would engage with multiple groups of stake holders that are part of a school district and through such engagement address issues of equity and social justice.
3. The Edmonds School District places a high value on shared decision making and collaborative processes. Describe, with examples, how you have provided leadership in a collaborative decision making process involving individuals that represent a broad range of personal experiences.
4. Please describe your personal style in managing the discussion of sensitive and emotionally charged issues. How do you deal with conflict and individuals with passionate opinions different from yours?
5. The Equity Coordinator will provide supervision to staff assigned to support students involved in truancy or Becca processes as well as providing support to the support programs for homeless students. Please describe any experience you may have had in these areas and how what you see as the relationship between these programs and issues of equity and student achievement.
6. If you are a current District employee, do you authorize the hiring committee to review your personnel file?
7. Have you ever been dismissed or discharged from a job, or have you separated employment in order to avoid discipline or discharge? If yes, please explain.
8. Have you ever been released from prison or been convicted of any crime? If yes, please explain the nature of the crime, the place, and date. A conviction record will not necessarily bar you from employment.

Our benefits package includes a competitive holiday and vacation schedule, health insurance coverage, Washington State Retirement plan, and other benefits.
Optional - Resume
Optional - References
Optional - Letter of Recommendation
Optional - Letter of Recommendation 2
Optional - Letter of Recommendation 3
Other 2
Other 3
Other 4
The Edmonds School District prohibits discrimination based on age, sex, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by law or Edmonds School District policy, except as may be necessary to meet a bona fide occupational qualification, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The Edmonds School District is an equal opportunity employer and has implemented programs to address the diversity of its workforce. This holds true for all District employment and opportunities. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district's Title IX/Chapter 28A.640 RCW officer, Debby Carter, Section 504 compliance coordinator, Jean Mirabal, or ADA coordinator, Debby Carter, at 20420 68th Ave. W., Lynnwood, WA 98036-7400 - (425) 431-7000. Providing the affirmative action information requested in this application is strictly voluntary. If provided, it will be maintained as confidential and will not be available to or reviewed by persons involved in the hiring process. The data will be kept separate from other records relating to applicants and the information will be used to measure the District's status in relation to its non-discrimination and affirmative action efforts.

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