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Supporting LGBTQIA and Gender Diverse Students in K-12 Environments

Supporting LGBTQIA and Gender Diverse Students in the K-12 Environment

1 graduate credit or 15 DESE approved PDPs

October 14 - November 22, 2020

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This course is intended for anyone who works in a K-12, including teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, administrative, and support staff.

This course 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 the preconceived notions we ourselves carry about the LGBTQIA+ community, we can begin to creating intentional, inclusive, and supportive learning environments.

We 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 our LGBTQIA+ students. This course will give you 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.

      Instructor: Dani Langdon

      1 Graduate Credit - $319
      Course #: PRDV 6090
      CRN: 14118

      15 PDPs - $184
      Course #: PRDV 6090P
      CRN: 14119 

      Registration Deadline:
        October 7, 2020

      Register Here

      Contact the Center for Professional Studies at to learn how to offer this course in your school district.

      As a result of the learning experiences in the course, you will become more cognizant of:

      • Definitions and terminology related to gender identity and sexual orientation
      • Your schools’ current policies on supporting LGBTQIA+ students 
      • Current federal and state protection laws and policies that protect and support LGBTQIA+ students

      You will become better able to:

      • Identify the needs and challenges of LGBTQIA+ students and their families and how these are impacted by school environments, curriculum design, and pedagogy
      • Reflect on your own personal and professional experiences with, and assumptions of the LGBTQIA community

      You will become more competent in your ability to:

      • Understand how the social and emotional well-being of gender and sexuality diverse students relates to their overall academic success and personal growth
      • Create inclusive and safe school environments for gender and sexuality diverse students



      Chappell, S. V., Richardson, L., & Ketchum, K. E. (2018). Gender diversity
                 and LGBTQ inclusion in K-12 schools: A guide to supporting
                 students, changing lives.
      New York: Routledge.

      For More information contact us at:
      Center for Professional Studies
      Phone: 978.665.3636
      Fax: 978.665.3639