California Educator

April/May 2023

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LGBTQ+ Employee, Student Rights CTA's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues Advisory Committee (SOGIIAC) has updated its resource available to members: "Legal Rights for LGBTQ+ Employees & Students." The pamphlet looks at California law in its protection of LGBTQ+ employ- ees from discrimination and harassment by employers (including school districts and county offices of education) because of gender identity, gender expres- sion or sexual orientation, or due to the employer 's assumptions about the employee's gender identity or sexual orientation. It suggests ways employees who have been discriminated against can take action. The pamphlet also makes clear how LGBTQ+ students are protected from discrimination and harassment by state and federal law, and offers com- prehensive resources for assistance, support and more information. View it at Draw Together Comes to Classrooms — for Free When schools shut down during the pandemic, San Fran- cisco-based artist Wendy MacNaughton created online drawing show "Draw Together " for kids learning from home, which included social-emotional learning components and became popular across the country, even in classrooms after schools reopened. "DrawTogether Classrooms" launched in mid-March; the free program gives educators all the tools and support they need to offer fun and engaging art and SEL to their students. These include curriculum, resources, commu- nity and individual support in an easy-to-use and adaptable program for all different types of learning environments. For ages 4 and up; Spanish and Chinese translations available. Learn more and sign up at Dates to Remember National Day of Silence APRIL 14 A national student-led demon- stration where LGBTQ+ students and allies all around the country — and the world — take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ+ people in schools. Students end the day with Break- ing the Silence rallies and events to share their experiences and bring attention to ways their schools and communities can become more inclusive. Get more information and get involved at Harvey Milk Day MAY 22 A day to educate your school about LGBTQ+ history and an extraordinary leader whose work to end discrimina- tion against the LGBTQ+ community in the 1970s set the stage for many of the civil rights advances we see today. Find resources at Harvey Milk Foundation 11 A P R I L / M AY 2 0 2 3

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