Training

Safety, Bias, & LGBTQ Issues

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Training Details
Training Time:
  • 2-Hour Session
  • Sessions can also be tailored to the needs of the state or local affiliate.
Modules: 5
About

Designed for all members, particularly those committed to addressing bias around sexual orientation and gender identity, this program teaches school personnel how to create a safe school climate for students and staff.

Objectives

The Training Program on Safety, Bias and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Issues has 5 objectives with 5 accompanying modules which can be delivered separately or together:

  • Taking a Stand: Creating a Safe School for LGBTQ Students
  • Walking the Talk: Classroom Strategies for Addressing LGBTQ Bias
  • Making the Case: Communication Strategies on LGBTQ Issues
  • Drawing Connections: Exploring Intersections of Gender, Race & LGBTQ
  • Safe and Supportive Working Environments: A Right for LGBT Educators
Modules

Taking a Stand

­ 1 ½ to 2 hours
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Taking a Stand

Introductory workshop, designed for all school personnel, uses video clips and hands-on activities to examine the obvious and subtle ways bias plays out in schools and offers resources for creating schools that are safe for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Walking the Talk

1 ½ to 2 hours
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Walking the Talk

Designed for K-12 classroom instructors, this action-oriented workshop examines various approaches to designing and integrating lessons and activities that raise awareness of bias and empower students to advocate for change, especially around LGBTQ-related bias.

Making the Case

1 ½ to 2 hours
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Making the Case

Communications workshop, designed for educators and education leaders, provides an overview of effective messaging and communication strategies on controversial issues, as well as resources and models for talking to constituents about the need to address LGBTQ-related bias in schools.

Drawing Connections

­ 2 to 3 hours
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Drawing Connections

Designed for all school personnel, this unique workshop explores the relationship and commonalities among gender, race, and LGBTQ issues, with an emphasis on enhancing race and gender awareness when addressing LGBTQ issues in schools.

Safe and Supportive Working Environments

1 ½ to 2 hours
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Safe and Supportive Working Environments

A safe and supportive working environment must be guaranteed for school employees to achieve to their greatest potential. This session provides participants with ideas on how to create a safe and supportive working environment and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

Testimonials
“As an educator, I now know how to “reframe the conversations” about LGBTQ issues to ensure effective messaging and use strategies to respond to objections.”

Michigan

Teacher
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“We concentrate so much on our students, we often forget about their families. I feel equipped with the resources provided to work with families around LGBTQ issues that might impact them.”

Washington

Teacher
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“This training made me aware that as a Security Officer in schools, I need to ensure transgender students feel just as safe in school as any other student by providing the access they need throughout the building.”

Illinois

Security Officer
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Growing Leaders & Activists

NEA’s Human & Civil Rights Department works to prepare educators to lead confidently and consciously by focusing on a student-centered agenda and social justice issues that impact their students, schools and communities.