The Reduction of Stigma in Schools Program (RSIS) is a research-based, educator-to-educator professional development training model brought into area schools to generate dialogue on the experiences of LGBTQ students and provide tools for change.
RSIS has educated over 2,000 school professionals in the Central New York area since 2006. Evaluation data have been collected throughout the program implementation, and educator response to RSIS training has been overwhelmingly positive. Research on the effectiveness of RSIS workshops was published in 2010 and 2011.
RSIS is a QuERI program and operates out of the Syracuse University School of Education, though it is not a university program. Each year, a RSIS graduate student intern with extensive professional in-schools experience assists in workshop design and delivery. Graduate students participating in RSIS programming receive small hourly stipends for the workshop delivery portion of the program, provided through donations. The program is otherwise unfunded.
Five basic ideas provide the foundation for RSIS design:
Addtionally, RSIS focuses on three objectives:
Workshops available include: