Promoting inclusivity at schools across the commonwealth has been a hallmark of the Wolf Administration’s efforts over the past year. This spring, PDE released the Equity and Inclusion Toolkit, a resource to help Pennsylvania schools support students and advance existing efforts at the state and local levels to create and maintain positive settings that celebrate diversity and teach students the importance of respect for self and others.
In creating the toolkit, PDE’s Office of Safe Schools partnered with agencies like the Human Relations Commission (PHRC), the Center for Schools and Communities, intermediate units, and others to bolster efforts to ensure schools have resources to foster a positive culture and climate, and to respond to incidents of hate. PDE also provided resources, including a crisis plan template and curriculum guides, available online to educators.
Safe Schools also provides resources on issues from combating dating violence to preventing suicide, and in 2016 introduced a toll-free bullying prevention consultation line (1-866-716-0424), which is available to students, parents/guardians, and educators.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Education