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Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 6:00 PM (EST)

What Every Teacher Needs to Know About Supporting LGBTQ Students
In response to information from the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network that 70% of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) students are verbally harassed in school, the Illinois legislature recently passed a law requiring public schools to include LGBTQ history in the curriculum. States and districts around the country are attempting to create policies that will protect and support all students. This presentation provides both introductory and advanced information regarding the LGBTQ+ student population and the challenges they may face in schools. Using the latest research and best practices, stakeholders will gain the knowledge of what to do and what to avoid when supporting these students. Participants will learn of the challenges, including bullying and harassment, faced by LGBTQ+ students and the impact of this on physical, emotional, and social health as well as academic performance. Finally, participants will gain strategies and solutions in order to assist and support this student population both on an individual as well as an institutional level.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019, at 4:00 PM (EST)

Keys to Safer 21st-Century Schools
New teachers are often concerned about safety in schools and may feel unprepared based on their teacher preparation programs. This presentation is to begin the conversation and further the call to action by sharing the keys to safer 21st-century schools.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 7:00 PM (EST)

A Teacher’s Guide to Asking for Help
Asking for help can be the most difficult thing a teacher can imagine; it requires vulnerability and may challenge one’s beliefs or practices. Join us for a webinar that shares strategies for overcoming fears and finding the help you need from peers and mentors. During the webinar, “experts” in the field discuss professional growth and answer questions about how a teacher at any level can make the ask.

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