Safe Is Not Enough

Safe Is Not Enough Better Schools for LGBTQ Students

Michael Sadowski, Foreword by Kevin Jennings
cloth, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-943-3
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paper, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: August 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-942-6
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Pub. Date: August 2016
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-944-0

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Safe Is Not Enough illustrates how educators can support the positive development of LGBTQ students in a comprehensive way so as to create truly inclusive school communities. Using examples from classrooms, schools, and districts across the country, Michael Sadowski identifies emerging practices such as creating an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum; fostering a whole-school climate that is supportive of LGBTQ students; providing adults who can act as mentors and role models; and initiating effective family and community outreach programs. 


This compelling volume showcases exemplary people and programs to inspire the next wave of school reform on behalf of sexual minority and transgender students. It proves that LGBTQ curricular inclusion and student affirmation is transformative, regardless of district demographics or culture. — Arthur Lipkin, author, Beyond Diversity Day: A Q&A on Gay and Lesbian Issues in Schools

Michael Sadowski provides an exhilarating vision of the future we have long sought: schools that embrace and affirm LGBTQ youth and celebrate diversity. Our movement has led the nation in improving how LGBTQ students are treated, and this book provides a thrilling overview of the transformation underway in great schools nationally. — Eliza Byard, executive director, GLSEN

Academic success is only possible when students know that they are safe, welcomed, and valued in the classroom and the school, and when LGBTQ identities are honored and included in the school curriculum. Safe Is Not Enough gives educational leaders meaningful strategies for transforming the organizational- and classroom-level response to supporting LGBTQ students. — Christopher McGinley, professor of educational leadership, Temple University, and former superintendent of Lower Merion School District, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

The detailed suggestions for advocacy and change are comprehensive and persuasive ... As useful as it is essential. — Amanda MacGregor, School Library Journal

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About the Author

Michael Sadowski is a faculty member in education at Bard College and is the director of the Bard Early College-Hudson Initiative.