February 1, 2017
Hello Fabulous GLSEN Leaders,
From the three prominent figures above to Audre Lorde, CeCe McDonald, Octavia Butler, and the founders of Blacklivesmatter, we celebrate leaders who have endlessly fought for Black lives as we enter into February which is Black History month. We recognize that this history should not only be told during this month but continuously as we move forward in the LGBTQ movement.
We hope that you all have been managing and taking time to self-care through these difficult past couple of weeks. We also want to say thank you for all your work in spreading the message of No Name-Calling Week. We had a great week, from Creative Expression exhibits, proclamations, and participating in the Twitter chat.
Updates from Field:
We are coming up on Accreditation season! In an effort to give as much of a heads up as possible, we would like to let you know that Accreditation Applications will be due in May. Stay tuned for more information in the next coming month.
Trans Day of Visibility:
Trans Day of Visibility is one of GLSEN's Days of Support that happens annually on March 31st. In effort to support Chapters, we will be hosting an open call to those that are planning Trans Day of Visibility programming. The call will be on Monday, February 13th at 7pm. We will be discussing a wide variety of topics such as hosting events to providing community support. To join the meeting day of click the link, here, if you are unable to attend the call we will be recording it for you to view later.
We are coming up on a busy part of the year, end of March through April and we want to make sure that you have the important dates ahead of time. We will be sending you more details on how they are all going to work together and what support will look like from the national office. The important dates to put on your calendars:
Trans Day of Visibility (March 31st)
Give Out Day (April 20th)
Day of Silence (April 21st)
National School Climate Survey Data Gathering Launch (April 21st)
Teacher Appreciation Week, with a Chapter fundraising opportunity (May 1-5)
Stay tuned for details on further campaign plans.
For those that were interested in serving as a peer reviewer for State Plans under ESSA, the deadline has been extended. We highly encourage all Chapter leaders who are educators or researchers (required to be eligible) to consider applying. ESSA State Plan Peer Reviewers are a group of educators and researchers in each state who will look closely at draft ESSA plans to see if they meet all regulatory and statutory requirements. Peer reviewers will check whether the plans support improvement in the areas of performance management; academic assessment; accountability, support, and improvement or schools; supporting educators; and supporting students.The deadline for the application is now February 17th. The application link is here. And more information is here.
In the Homework Folder section below, there are action steps. If you would like to jump down to the bottom, click the sidebar that says Homework Folder.