The Secular Student Alliance Guide for Educators
This website is an educator's guide to atheist, humanist, and other secular students in high schools.
The purpose of this page is to help educators support secular students and understand their needs. We have assembled these pages to help inform you, and to put high school educators, leaders, and potential leaders in touch with the assistance and resources they need.
- What it means to be a nontheistic student
- Getting resources and more information
- Why high schools need to have secular groups represented
- Resources for SSA affiliate group advisors
While we feel that it is neither necessary nor appropriate for adults to label children, it is important to be aware of these labels and identities that students may choose for themselves. In today's culture of pluralism and multiple identities, the need for informed and understanding educators is greater than ever.
To further support this invisible and marginalized student population, the Secular Student Alliance (SSA) launched the Secular Safe Zone (SSZ) program. By training a network of Allies across the country, the SSZ seeks to provide students with knowledgeable and helpful role models who can provide resources, guidance, and the information students need to explore religion and their identity in our highly religious culture. To learn more about the SSZ, visit the website above or contact our Secular Safe Zone Coordinator.
The Secular Student Alliance works to organize, unite, educate, and serve students and student communities that promote the ideals of scientific and critical inquiry, democracy, secularism, and human-based ethics. You can learn more about the SSA and our work at our About page. If you have any other questions or wish to seek direct help, contact our High School Specialist. If you suspect your school is treating secular students unfairly, fill out this form to directly request assistance.