Appendix C: Changing School Policies and Taking Action


This guide is not about dissecting and rewriting district or school policies. But policies do matter. Take the time to read your school’s policies on bigotry or discriminatory behavior. Knowing the policies will inform some of your responses, especially when behavior has crossed the line. 

Finally, what is the policy in your own classroom? Is it established on the first day of school, or do you wait for something negative to happen and then develop classroom agreements? 

Consider creating a classroom constitution while also teaching about the U.S. Constitution. “A New Set of Rules” can help lead the way. 

Taking Collective Action

Here are two longstanding school-wide campaigns that can help create inclusive school environments that challenge bigoted behaviors. 

Day of Silence

A program of GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network

No Name-Calling Week

Created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing 

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