Ally Week is a week for students to organize events that serve to identify, support and celebrate Allies against anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) language, bullying and harassment in America's schools. Students plan events appropriate to their school community.
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.
The Educators' Guide to Ally Week will 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 a guideline for a teachable moment should intervention be necessary if Ally Week participants are called names, bullied or harassed.
To learn more, download the Educators' Guide to Ally Week (PDF 6 pages) today.