Ally Week Guide for Educators

What is Ally Week and how can you support students like these before, during and after it? Ally Week is a week during which students organize events that serve to identify, support and celebrate those who are Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in our schools. Although Ally Week is largely a student-led action, there are many ways educators can participate.

As an educator you have the opportunity to help students gauge the appropriate actions for Ally Week in the context of your school community. Having knowledge of the school's policies and procedures, you can offer suggestions on how students can develop effective Ally Week activities. You can also help students negotiate with administrators and other students who may oppose Ally Week.

We prepared the Educator Guide to Ally Week to give you information about this annual event and show you how you can participate and support your students' efforts. You'll find information about Ally Week activities: class discussions, staff presentations and the Ally Week Pledge in addition to research and lesson plans. It also has guidelines for teachable moments should intervention be necessary, especially if Ally Week participants are called names, bullied or harassed.

You can find the guide in the blue Resource Downloads box to the right.  Then visit the Ally Week site for videos, student resources and more!

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