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GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat

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GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat
March 24-26, 2017 • Provincetown, MA 

The GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat in Provincetown is a signature event for GLSEN Massachusetts.  Teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school nurses, athletic coaches, educators and other K-12 education professionals come to Provincetown to share ideas and explore best practices.  Providing a safe and welcoming environment is the cornerstone of the Educator Retreat.  Through workshops and networking events, participants engage with a diversity of topics that are critical to their personal and professional development.  LGBTQ educators and allies come to the Educator Retreat for different reasons.  However, everyone shares common goals of supporting our students by enriching their lives with an educational setting that embraces all students.

Provincetown in the winter is magical.  The beaches and streets are quiet, yet the energy brought by educators from across New England make the town vibrant.  Retreat attendees arrive Friday evening to a casual welcome reception.  Programming begins early Saturday morning and ends late in the afternoon.  Through workshops and intentional dialogue, educators collaborate to problem solve and create ideas they can bring back to their schools and communities.  Whether it’s energizing a GSA, discovering curriculum designs, or being inspired by personal stories, every educator leaves with a renewed sense of purpose.  A Saturday evening reception and dinner leads the way to new friendships and partnerships.  The weekend programming ends Sunday morning with structured opportunities do address real world challenges and solutions.  The weekend would not be complete without a fabulous Sunday brunch just before heading off the Cape.

 

New: Kindergarten & Elementary School Educator Track

GLSEN Massachusetts is proud to collaborate with many local and national organizations. This year, we will be offering a special track specifically designed for Elementary Educators. This track will include content from GLSEN's Ready, Set, Respect! In addition, 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 non-binary students. 

Middle & High School Track
GLSEN Massachusetts Professional Development Training is based on more than 20 years of experience working to make schools safer, healthier and more respectful for all students, GLSEN has developed effective training tools that empower educators to ensure that all youth have access to meaningful educational experiences, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Focused on increasing the number of adult allies in our nation’s schools, rooted in research-based training methods and adult learning principles, GLSEN Professional Development workshops are integral to comprehensive approaches to ensuring safe and inclusive schools.

 

Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 24, 2017 

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM          Welcome Reception 

Kick off the weekend with an informal reception. Join us whenever you’re able to arrive in Provincetown. Swing by to relax, enjoy, meet new people and get geared up for a great weekend. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM          Skill-Building Workshops, Breakout Sessions & Panel Discussions 

Programming begins early Saturday morning and ends late in the afternoon.  Through workshops and intentional dialogue, educators collaborate to problem solve and create ideas they can bring back to their schools and communities. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. 

6:00 PM- 6:45 PM           Educator Social & Cocktail Reception

Retreat participants are invited to kick-back and relax after a long day. Spend time chatting and socializing in a less structured environment before enjoying a memorable GLSEN Massachusetts Family Dinner. 

6:45 PM                          GLSEN Massachusetts Family Dinner 

This GLSEN Massachusetts Family Dinner will be an opportunity to build community, network, share stories. 

8:00 PM                           Evening Networking Opportunities 

March in Provincetown is an ideal time to treat yourself to peace, beauty and TLC. Get out and enjoy yourself… take a walk in the downtown area,  along the beach or checkout the nightlife. Provincetown has a great deal to offer visitors all year long.

Sunday, March 26, 2017 

9:00 - 11:00 AM            Morning Program & Activities 

The weekend programming ends Sunday morning with structured opportunities do address real world challenges and solutions.

11:00 AM                      GLSEN Family Brunch  

The weekend would not be complete without a fabulous Sunday brunch just before heading off the Cape.

 

Retreat Fees & Accommodations

The Educator Retreat Package ranges from $175 to $325/person, based on your overnight accommodation selection. Your payment for the 2017 GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat includes:

  • Friday and Saturday night at a Provincetown inn
  • Retreat tuition and materials
  • Friday evening welcome reception
  • Saturday and Sunday morning continental breakfast at your inn
  • Saturday lunch
  • Saturday evening dinner and social event
  • Sunday brunch

Please note: If you make your own accommodations, your payment includes all of the above except for continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday. If you come with a guest, your payment includes all of the above except for retreat tuition/materials and the Saturday group lunch. 

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Below you will find brief stories from past GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat participants. Please feel free to share your story of participation by emailing us at massachusetts@chapters.glsen.org.

image of D'Lynn Jacobs

Community Building Space that Nourishes the Soul

"Ms. Jacobs, Ms. Jacobs" one of my new highly inquisitive 4th grade students exclaimed as she ran to catch me in the hallway. "Hey Jess! Walk me to my office, you know I'm scared of the hallway monsters," I quipped. She giggled as she quickly started, "so, I heard Mrs. Schuster is a..." She paused and looked down whispering and swallowing the word "Lesbian".

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Image of Chris/tine Lang

Reflections from the GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat

Some of us working for greater visibility and acceptance within schools for LGBTQ students and staff do so within a bubble. Even if we have a diverse or accepting campus, and even if our schools have diversity committees, it's not often that we struggle alongside a group of educators who have similar perspectives, contexts and/or passions. As rewarding as the work ultimately is, from time to time it can be a little lonely.

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Image of Bill Ivey 

Seeking Intersections

When progress reports are due, I’ve developed a comfortable routine of going from McCusker’s to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters to Bread Euphoria to Starbucks to Rao’s back to Starbucks and so on until all my skills assessments and narrative comments are done and I’m ready to return to school and enter them in FileMaker. So each fall, when I see the first announcement of the GLSEN Massachusetts Educators Retreat and it falls right at winter midterms, I feel - conflicted. Sad. This year, however, I simply decided it was by far my best opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with educators who, whether or not they personally are LGBTQ etc., want to support our students who are. So, with some trepidation at what I was taking on, I set out for Provincetown right after classes on Friday with my trusty laptop and a few changes of clothes.

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When progress reports are due, I’ve developed a comfortable routine of going from McCusker’s to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters to Bread Euphoria to Starbucks to Rao’s back to Starbucks and so on until all my skills assessments and narrative comments are done and I’m ready to return to school and enter them in FileMaker. So each fall, when I see the first announcement of the GLSEN Massachusetts Educators Retreat and it falls right at winter midterms, I feel - conflicted. Sad. This year, however, I simply decided it was by far my best opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with educators who, whether or not they personally are LGBTQ etc., want to support our students who are. So, with some trepidation at what I was taking on, I set out for Provincetown right after classes on Friday with my trusty laptop and a few changes of clothes. - See more at: http://www.glsen.org/article/seeking-intersections#sthash.GrAGJZEn.dpuf