Rainbow Connection

LGBTQIA+ resources for members and students.

NJEA SOGI Committee shares LGBTQIA+ resources by age

The NJEA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee has compiled age-appropriate LGBTQIA+ resources for educators.

These resources were assembled by former and current members of NJEA’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee and have not all been screened by NJEA or other members of the committee. Websites, book editions, links etc. are subject to change at any time.

NJEA Review Columns

Rainbow Connection celebrates PRIDE

By Amy Moran, Ph.D. and Kate Okeson  Parades, protests, and prom  Highly coordinated, citywide LGBT Pride celebrations in major metropolitan centers around the globe serve to make a big splash

The Bechdel-Wallace Test

NJ’s LGBT inclusion mandate, and your school curricula  By Amy Moran, Ph.D. and Kate Okeson  Who’s writing curricula this summer?  As local school districts begin to identify which grade levels,

Playing fair

LGBTQIA+ issues in youth sports By Amy Moran, Ph.D. and Kate Okeson  Kate began writing this article after yet another news cycle highlighted efforts in several states to advance anti-LGBT

Rainbow Connection honors Women’s History Month

By Amy Moran, Ph.D. and Kate Okeson  Women’s History Month is an important time to check in on issues women face nationwide. Let’s explore some of the dynamics at play

Rainbow Connection features NJEA member Micah Gary-Fryer

By Kate Okeson with Amy Moran, Ph.D.  In this month’s “Rainbow Connection,” Amy spent time with Essex County’s representative to the NJEA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee, Micah Gary-Fryer,

Windows, mirrors, and sliding glass doors for teachers

By Kate Okeson with Amy Moran, Ph.D.  Several years ago, I started teaching an art history course in my high school. As a survey of all of art history, the

Rainbow Connection’s 2021 NJEA Convention GLOW UP!

by Amy Moran, Ph.D. and Kate Okeson The 2021 NJEA Convention was a milestone for LGBTQIA+-focused inclusive practices, with 18 workshops led by classroom educators, school nurses, counselors, librarians, learning

SEL, difficult observances, and GSAs/QSAs

by Amy Moran, Ph. D. & Kate Okeson This month’s column focuses on the “rainbow connection” between SEL competencies and their usefulness for approaching sensitive topics and important concerns in