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Fostering A Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for Our Students and Community
Fostering A Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for Our Students and Community
Tania Manuel
Sunday, March 08, 2020

Fostering A Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment for Our Students and Community - Monday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Schools are supposed to be a place where all students can learn. They need to be a place where students can explore who they are and find their strengths and work on their weaknesses. All groups should be accepted so that they can flourish and become contributing members of society. - Peter DeWitt

Please join us for an introductory parent/community presentation and discussion with Colby Swettberg (see bio below) and Blake educators as we discuss how to best foster a safe learning environment for our community, specifically our LGBTQ+ youth and families.  As outlined below, this event will lay the foundation for our upcoming work we will be doing with our students, staff, and the greater community to assure an inclusive atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and understanding. It is an opportunity for parents and community members to learn more about this endeavor and get answers to questions that exist.  The evening will include...

  • Sharing of vocabulary, terminology, and legal updates/implications for schools

  • Panel discussion of educators, parents, and mental health providers

  • Outline future programming for Blake students (see timeline below)

  • Question and answer forum

See links below to read more information about the evening and to RSVP for this event…

Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment Evening 3/16/20 - Blake Communication

RSVP - Safe and Inclusive Learning Environment Parent/Community Evening (3/16/20)

** Colby Swettberg's Bio...

Colby Swettberg (they/them) earned a Masters degree in Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education with a focus on LGBTQ issues. Colby is a former high school English teacher who started the first gay-straight alliance in the district where Swettberg taught.  Colby later went on to help start Waltham House, the first co-ed group home for LGBTQ youth in the country. The Massachusetts Department of Children & Families hired Colby and a team of trainers to conduct LGBTQ sensitivity training for over two thousand social workers in the Commonwealth.  This training initiative set a national precedent which Colby has helped other states to replicate. As Colby‚Äôs professional focus gravitated toward child welfare, Swettberg returned to graduate school to complete a Master of Social Work and has continued to work with systems involving young people for nearly 20 years.