Educators can learn how to support LGBTQIA students

Mon Feb 3, 2020

Supporting LGBTQIA and Gender Diverse Students in the K-12 EnvironmentFitchburg State University’s Center for Professional Studies is offering a new hybrid course this spring for educators and school staff on supporting LGBTQIA and gender-diverse students in K-12 environments.

The course, which carries one graduate credit or 15 Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved professional development points, will run April 4 to May 9. There will be in-person sessions from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, May 2 at the Center for Professional Studies, 150B Main St. There will also be an additional nine hours of online coursework.

The course, taught by Center for Professional Studies Assistant Director Dani Langdon, is an introduction into the challenges that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) students face in schools on a daily basis. By understanding terminology, historical context, and preconceived notions the LGBTQIA+ community, educators can begin to creating intentional, inclusive, and supportive learning environments.

The course will explore myths and perceptions, the prevalence and effects of bullying, unintended bias in schools and classrooms, and the laws and policies in place that affect LGBTQIA+ students. This course will give educators the tools to start developing a more inclusive curriculum, navigate conversations around gender and sexual orientation, and foster a respectful and engaging environment where all students can thrive.

Learn more and register now online.

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