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Peter DeWitt
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Peter DeWitt, Ed.D. is an elementary school principal in upstate New York and blogs at Finding Common Ground for Education Week. He is the author of Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (Corwin Press, 2012).

Blog Entries by Peter DeWitt

Do School Board Policies Really Help Protect LGBT Students?

(8) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 4:59 PM

According to the American Institutes for Research, "[a]n estimated 2.7 million adolescents who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual live in the United States." Do they feel safe when they go to school?

The state of New York has the Dignity for All Students Act. California adopted...

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Why Schools Should Pay Attention to Gay Marriage

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 7:30 PM

If education is supposed to be the great equalizer, we need to stop barring marginalized populations from having a place at the table.

Public schools have long had a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy when it comes to LGBT students. Clearly, there have always been gay students but many would...

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Providing Safe Environments for All Students

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 10:52 AM

For a little over four years I worked as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. I taught classes in the evening as a way to branch out from being an elementary school teacher during the day. The class...

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Educating the Whole Child

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2012 | 6:05 PM

Adults who haven't been in a public school in a long time will only know how it is by what they remember. If they had a great experience, they will have a positive opinion. If they were fortunate enough to be at a supportive and inclusive school, then they will...

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Pushing the Gay Agenda

(9) Comments | Posted May 31, 2012 | 7:19 PM

"No one should underestimate the value of teachers' including gay people when they talk with students about cultural diversity. Just hearing the words "homosexuality" or "gay/lesbian/bisexual" in an accepting context sends a powerful message to young people, and creates the potential for a tolerant environment" (Lipkin, 1995, p. 39).
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A Gay-Straight Alliance in Every School

(8) Comments | Posted May 22, 2012 | 3:08 PM

[I]n spite of the positive effect these groups can have in schools, some such groups have been unlawfully excluded from school grounds, prevented from forming, or denied access to school resources. These same barriers have sometimes been used to target religious and other student groups, leading Congress to pass the...
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When LGBT Students Pick a College or University

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 6:52 PM

Most of us would agree that the world seems to be a more accepting place where LGBT issues are concerned. However, given the tone of some reality television shows and the ability to leave anonymous comments on blogs, you need not look too far to see that there is still...

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The Part That Movies Play

(4) Comments | Posted April 28, 2012 | 12:00 AM

What television shows do you watch when you sit home to relax in the evening? Do you watch sports? Do you have a favorite prime-time drama that draws your attention? Is it because of the plot or the characters? Are you more prone to see an action movie or a...

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An Outreach to Parents of LGBT Students

(2) Comments | Posted April 20, 2012 | 8:57 PM

No one is more important to a child than his or her parents. Having open and accepting parents can set LGBT children on a positive course through life. Unfortunately, not all parents accept their children when they come out. This rejection can have negative effects on an LGBT child's future.

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Coming Out in School

(24) Comments | Posted April 13, 2012 | 7:24 PM

During my childhood and young adulthood, gays and lesbians were invisible in my community. But while they were invisible, they certainly were not absent; their presence was just not acknowledged. The behaviors I observed in the adults I loved and looked up to suggested that gays and lesbians were people...
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Dignity for All: Creating an Inclusive School Environment for LGBT Students

(7) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 9:54 PM

84.6% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 40.1% reported being physically harassed and 18.8% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation. (Key findings from GLSEN's 2009 National School Climate Survey)

In our present education times, with high-stakes testing, Common...

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