Resources for Middle School GSAs

Middle School GSAs are popping up like wildflowers!  While many of the resources on our website are appropriate for GSAs at the middle school level, we recognize that there are some aspects of running or supporting a middle school club that make them unique.  Here are a few resources that we created with middle school GSAs in mind:

The Chess Club Challenge

Sometimes we get asked the question, “How is advising a GSA different from advising other non-curricular clubs?”  There are some differences, but there are also some similarities.  At our very first training for middle school GSA advisors in 2007, we asked them to brainstorm ways that GSA and Chess Club are like, and ways they are different. Here is what they created!

Best Practices for Adults Working with Middle School GSAs

This resource was created in collaboration with the Madison Metropolitan School District and the National Association of GSA Networks.  What are some of the things that an educator should think about as they prepare to advise a GSA at the middle school level?  Download this resource here.

Sample Middle School GSA Meeting Agenda – Social Support GSA

This sample agenda can be used and adapted for a GSA meeting that has more of a social/support focus.  Download it here.

Sample Middle School GSA Meeting Agenda – Education GSA

This sample agenda can be used and adapted for a GSA meeting that has more of an educational focus.  Download it here.

Sample Middle School GSA Meeting Agenda – Advocacy GSA

This sample agenda can be used and adapted for a GSA meeting that has more of an advocacy/activism focus.  Download it here.

Know Your Prefix: A Guide to Terms

This resource gives the original Greek and Latin meanings of common prefixes used to describe identities.  It also has discussion questions and quick ideas for activities.  Download it here.

 

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“Without the knowledge, resources, and extra effort of GSAFE, I have no question that we would not have a Gay-Straight Alliance in our school.” – David Witte, Middle School Principal