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2019 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.

NOTE: Dates and locations are coming soon! 


Understanding Nonbinary Identities and Gender Markers
Intended Audience: All School Faculty and Staff, School Administrators
Someone who is non-binary does not identify as male or female. They may identify as both, neither, or some combination of the two. Nonbinary individuals may identify as genderfluid, genderqueer, agender, off the binary, or something else entirely.

This interactive session will explore:

  • What specific supports do nonbinary students need from their schools?
  • How do we explicitly welcome nonbinary students in our schools, classroom, extracurricular activities and support services?
  • What can we do to create a more supportive environment nonbinary students?

In response to a number of schools and districts expressing the need for a third gender option, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education updated student enrollment and management systems to include nonbinary (N) as an option. Together, we will discuss how students can utilize this gender marker and strategies to ensure student safety.

Educational Exclusion: Dropout, Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Intended Audience: All School Faculty and Staff, Administrators and School Resource Officers

This session will provide an in-depth look at the conditions that effectively push LGBTQ youth out of school and potentially into the criminal justice system. Utilizing existing data, this workshop will provide specific, real world guidance to address the hostile school climates and damaging policies and practices that contribute to pushing LGBTQ youth out of their schools. Together, we will explore What impact bullying prevention and other school safety policies have on the school-to-prison pipeline.

Promoting Family Engagement and Acceptance for LGBTQ Students
Intended Audience: All School Faculty and Staff, Administrators and Student Support Services

Research conducted by the Family Acceptance Project on LGBTQ youth and their families has shown how family rejection and acceptance contribute to their youth risk and well-being, including increased risk for suicide, depression, substance abuse and HIV. This session will explore school-based strategies to engage families as allies to promote safety, support & wellness for LGBTQ students.