Welcoming Schools is a national program being used in MMSD to create more respectful and supportive schools for all students, staff and families.  Professional development, lesson plans, books and inclusive language are provided around family diversity, gender and LGTBTQ+ inclusion and preventing bias-based bullying.

  • We are talking about social emotional learning.
  • We are talking about families.

  • We are talking about equity.

  • We are talking about respect.

  • We are talking about all types of diversity.

  • We are talking about belonging.

  • We are talking about safety.

  • We are working on preventing bullying.

  • We are not teaching our own beliefs or trying to change others’ beliefs.

  • Every educator has a professional responsibility, regardless of personal values and beliefs, to provide a safe and accepting learning environment for all students.

For more information read the MMSD Welcoming Schools Guidance.    English Version    Spanish Version    Hmong Version

Welcoming Schools National Website




Welcoming Schools in MMSD Equity is as follows.  Using an intersectional approach, Welcoming Schools supports the academic and social emotional growth of our students.  We are dedicated to creating an anti-racist, non-discriminatory environment where all identities are seen, valued and respected.

In honor of National Coming Out Day on October 11, 2018, the Madison Metropolitan School District commends all who have and will come out as LGBTQIA+ – we see your strength, your beauty and your brilliance. Please bring your whole selves to school each day---and we will do our part to ensure you are safe, seen, & celebrated.

Click on the photo below for a video from LGBTQIA+ MMSD staff and community members


Jennifer HerdinaFor more information:

Check out the Welcoming Schools Website

Contact MMSD Welcoming Schools Lead, Jennifer Herdina

jherdina@madison.k12.wi.us or 608-218-4557