Kelly D. Holstine

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Director of Educational Equity, OutFront Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kelly D. Holstine is the Director of Educational Equity at OutFront Minnesota (the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights group in the state) and is the 2019 Minnesota State Teacher of the Year. She is the first openly LGBTQ+ teacher and the second alternative educator in Minnesota to be given that honor. She helped to design and open Tokata Learning Center in 2012 and has twelve years of teaching experience.

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Posted Aug. 23, 2019

Why We Need LGBTQ+ Curricula

In 2018, GLSEN’s national school climate study indicated that 59.5% of LGBTQ students “felt unsafe at school because of their…

By Kelly D. Holstine

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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