Fitchburg State University’s Center for Professional Studies is offering a new online 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 online from April 18 to May 30.
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.