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Breaking the Silence

We are excited to announce the release of
Breaking the Silence: Honoring the Voices of LGBTQ Youth and Allies in Supporting Our Teachers. 

This project has been two years in the making and we are thrilled (and relieved) to see it finally making its debut. The film package includes Breaking the Silence, a 22-minute film, along with 3 shorter, more focused videos meant to extend the conversation. These include Teachers and Teacher Education, Interrogating Heteronormativity: Climate & Culture, and Pedagogy & Practice.

Breaking the Silence – the backstory:

In April of 2013, A Queer Endeavor, along with our School of Education hosted “An Evening with LGBTQ Youth and Allies.” The intention of this evening was to open a conversation among 14 middle, high school, and college students and 75 pre-service and in-service teachers from local school districts. We filmed the event, along with 30 plus interviews with students, teachers, and LGBTQ community members, and created a documentary film, Breaking the Silence: Honoring the Voices of LGBTQ Youth and Allies in Supporting our Teachers, along with associated curricular materials. Our aim is to use this film to “break the silence” in our community, and to reach out to other communities by collaborating with schools of education across the country.

Breaking the Silence

We are excited to announce the release of
Breaking the Silence: Honoring the Voices of LGBTQ Youth and Allies in Supporting Our Teachers. 

This project has been two years in the making and we are thrilled (and relieved) to see it finally making its debut. The film package includes Breaking the Silence, a 22-minute film, along with 3 shorter, more focused videos meant to extend the conversation. These include Teachers and Teacher Education, Interrogating Heteronormativity: Climate & Culture, and Pedagogy & Practice.

Breaking the Silence Curriculum

In the sections below, you will find links to all curricular materials and resources that have been created as part of the Breaking the Silence film package. Accompanying each section is a brief description of the content.

Directions for Downloading Curricular Materials:

  1. Before exploring the supplemental materials, first download a copy of Breaking the Silence: Honoring the Voices of LGBTQ Youth and Allies in Supporting our Teachers: A Facilitation Guide. (Found below.) This Guide unpacks each film in the package and also provides extensive support and detailed plans for educators and folks interested in facilitating discussions of the films. Throughout the guide, you will find references to specific materials that we’ve used in our own facilitations (e.g., activities, PowerPoint slides, handouts). Links to all those supplemental materials can be found in the sections below.
  2. Once you’ve secured a copy of the Facilitation Guide, you may begin to explore the supplemental materials and resources described therein. Scroll down on this page to navigate to the appropriate resources. Click the plus sign for each toggled section. This will open a complete list of all materials housed within.
  3. Remember that all of these resources are meant to accompany the four gender and sexual diversity-focused films included in the film package.

Click on the image to the left for a look at the Facilitation Guide.

The complete Facilitation Guide, titled Breaking the Silence: Honoring the Voices of LGBTQ Youth and Allies in Supporting our Teachers. A Facilitation Guide.

This Guide unpacks each film in the package and our approach to facilitating conversations around gender and sexual diversity. The Guide provides extensive support and detailed plans for educators and folks interested in facilitating discussions of the films.

It also includes references to specific materials that we’ve used in our own facilitations (e.g., activities, PowerPoint slides, handouts).

Links to all those supplemental materials can be found in the sections below.

Supplemental Materials

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Resources linked to Day 1 of the BTS Facilitation Guide.

Introduction Resources

Resources for screening and facilitating discussion of the feature film Breaking the Silence (also linked to Day 1 of the BTS Facilitation Guide).

Trusted resources on terminology (also linked to Day 1 of the BTS Facilitation Guide).

Terminology Resources

Resources for screening and facilitating discussion of the short curriculum video “Pedagogy and Practice.”