Appendix C: Changing School Policies and Taking Action

Speak Up at School
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 biased 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 rules?

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 three longstanding school-wide campaigns that can help create inclusive school environments that challenge bigoted behaviors.


Mix It Up at Lunch

A program of Teaching Tolerance


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