Date

Spring 5-20-2016

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Deanne Perez-Granados

Second Advisor

Browning Neddeau

Abstract

It is the responsibility of teachers to create a classroom environment that is both inclusive and validating to the identities of students and their families. This capstone project explores how teachers can create this environment for students and families that are a part of the LGBTQ community. Because of the discrimination that presents itself through bullying based on LGBTQ identities, and the lack of LGBTQ representation within classroom lessons, there is a need for a higher quantity and quality of resources for teachers to create these inclusive environments, specifically in elementary schools. To assess our local community, teacher interviews were conducted to examine the current climates of Monterey County classrooms regarding issues of LGBTQ inclusion. Through the information gained in action research and literature reviews, a resource guide was created to help elementary teachers create gender inclusive and LGBTQ accepting classrooms.