From Publishers Weekly
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From Library Journal
As employees of the Massachusetts Department of Education, Perrotti and Westheimer were challenged to create a program for the state's public schools that would promote a safe and welcoming atmosphere for gay and lesbian students in grades K-12. Working closely with teachers, administrators, students, and community leaders, they developed the Massachusetts Safe Schools Program, which has become a model for other states. As a result of their work as advocates, Perrotti and Westheimer assembled this handbook, featuring the poignant stories and practical strategies they learned along the way. Although this issue is addressed in other books, such as Donovan R. Walling's Open Lives, Safe Schools (Phi Delta Kappa Intl., 1996), this stands out because it focuses not on college students but on elementary through secondary school students and because of the authors' sheer optimism and enthusiasm. As they state in their introduction, "Plenty of scripts tell us what cannot be done. This book is about what can be done." For education, gender, and sociology collections. Kimberly L. Clarke, Univ. of Minnesota Lib., Minneapolis
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