Full course description

This three-session Professional Development workshop series supports Pre-K-12 teachers and school support staff in developing an understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Queer (LGBTQ+) identities and how to create positive and affirming learning environments for all students by centering the needs of LGBTQ+ students. Participants will learn terminology, examine statistics about current school climates for LGBTQ+ students, use discussion to develop understanding of best practice for supporting LGBTQ+ students, begin lesson planning for the inclusion of LGBTQ+ themes across curricular areas, and understand the professional responsibility of educators to create affirming environments for LGBTQ+ students to access their education.  During the three sessions, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and synthesize materials, analyze videos, and explore curricular entry points for LGBTQ+ inclusion.

October 23: LGBTQ+ 101: Foundations of Supporting LGBTQ+ Students - We will focus on terminology, understanding identity development, and professional responsibility for creating LGBTQ+ affirming school environments.

October 24: Building Blocks of LGBTQ+ Affirming Classroom Environments - We will examine statistics of current experiences of LGBTQ+ students in school, structural barriers faced by LGBTQ+ students, and best practice for supporting common needs of LGBTQ+ students, and build our “tool-kit” for supporting LGBTQ+ youth.

October 25: LGBTQ+ Inclusive Curriculum: Planning and Implementing Inclusive Curriculum - We will share curricular resources, lesson plans and strategies for meaningful LGBTQ+ inclusion in our classrooms.  

Instructor: AJ Jennings, M.Ed from the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

Session Dates: 10/23, 10/24, and 10/25

Session Time: 5:00 - 8:30 PM

Location: CTUF Quest Center, 1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago, IL 60641
Free Parking Available

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In order to receive any credit, participants must be in attendance for the entire offering.
No refunds will be issued unless the offering is canceled by CTUF Quest Center.