Daniel SanGiacomo

aka Daniel Aktas

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Get to know your students

This is an art inventory worksheet from my School Arts II professor at NYU. He used it for his AP portfolio high school class but I think it illustrates an important point on getting to know the class as a whole to inform what direction to take the class in.


Thank You, Joseph Fusaro for sharing this printout.

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What Do You Say to ‘That’s So Gay’ & Other Anti-LGBTQ* Comments?

This website provides lots of ways for adults to answer challenging questions that come up in class to promote a safer school environment.

What Do You Say to ‘That’s So Gay’ & Other Anti-LGBTQ* Comments?

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a first grader who might not know what the word “gay” means, a sixth grader trying to sound cool, or a tenth grader “teasing” a friend.  All of these have the potential of creating an unsafe classroom or school environment and must be addressed.  So, what can caring adults do?”


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Diverse Books For Elementary School

This organization features an expansive list of elementary school books that deal with LGBTQ, family diversity, bullying, and gender expression.

“A simple way to let students and families know that your school welcomes everyone is to integrate books into your curriculum that reflect the diversity of your classroom and the world.”