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2016/17 Professional Development Series

GLSEN Massachusetts hosts Professional Development Workshops to help foster safer, healthier and more respectful learning environments for all students. Together, we can ensure that all students have access to meaningful educational experiences, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. All workshops offer promising practices and skill-building designed to meaningfully support and engage various communities of people in K-12 environments.

This workshop series is a collaborative effort of GLSEN Massachusetts, Boston Public Schools (BPS) Health and Wellness Department and BPS Office of Safe and Welcoming Schools.

Supporting Transgender, Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary Students
Date & Time: Monday, November 28, 2016 from 2 PM - 4 PM
Location: Sarah Greenwood School, 186 Glenway Street, Dorchester, MA 02121

This professional development session will provide a comprehensive overview of Massachusetts laws, policies, resources available and best practices for supporting transgender and gender nonconforming students in K-12 schools.

BPS Winter Wellness Event - Focus on LGBTQ Physical Education & Health
Date & Time: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 from 12:55 PM -2:25 PM
Location: Shelburne Community Center, 2730 Washington St, Boston, MA

This session is designed to support BPS staff in creating and maintaining health and physical education environments that are based on the core principles of respect, safety and equal access for all students regardless of their sexual orientation, identity or gender expression. Together, we will focus on replicable strategies to ensure a safe, respectful school climate and culture.

Creating Gender Inclusive Elementary Schools
Date & Time: Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Madison Park High School, 75 Malcolm X Blvd., Roxbury, MA 02120

This session will explore LGTBQ topics in the Pre-K - 6th grade. We will be collaborating with Welcoming Schools to offer an approach to improving school climate with training, resources, and lessons designed to help schools in embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, creating gender-expansive schools, and supporting transgender and nonbinary students.

Being an Ally to LGBTQ Students
Date & Time: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sarah Greenwood School, 189 Glenway St, Boston, MA 02121

We invite you, no matter how you identify, to think deeply about how you can be an ally to LGBTQ students. Allyship is about more than supporting equal rights for marginalized groups; it's about advocating for those groups, uplifting their voices, and reflecting constantly on the powerful intersections of identity, privilege and justice. This session will explore tips and best practices designed to serve as a starting point in your journey to visible, vocal allyship.

Exploring Intersectionality among LGBTQ Students
Date & Time: Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Sarah Greenwood School, 189 Glenway St, Boston, MA 02121

LGBTQ students are an incredibly diverse community. In order to better meet their needs, it is important for educators to meaningfully understand the multiplicity of experiences these youth have in school, including how these experiences are shaped and may vary based on the complexity identity. This session will intentionally foster discussions of race, gender, disability, ability, gender expression, national origin, sexual orientation and faith.

Focus on Nurses: Improving Health Outcomes for Students*
Date & Time: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: Boston Teachers Union, 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester, MA 02125

School nurses are uniquely positioned to model and promote respect for diversity, reduce stigma and provide confidential services for LGBTQ students in a safe environment. Supportive families, communities and schools are factors that can help to improve health outcomes for students to live full lives regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. This session will explore strategies and best practices to foster the supportive school environment and make a positive impact in the lives of everyone in the school community.

* Important Note: This session is only open to Boston Public School Nurses. 



This Professional Development Workshop Series is made possible with support from the Boston Public Schools Health and Wellness Department, Empowering Teens Through Health (ETTH) Program. ETTH is funded through a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent School Health (CDC-DASH) grant which addresses HIV/STD and Pregnancy Prevention; while creating a safe and supportive environment for youth at disproportionate risk including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) students.