Q & A: GLSEN Professional Development

Question:

What is GLSEN Professional Development?

Answer:

  • 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 K-12 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 and rooted in research-based training methods and adult learning principles, GLSEN Professional Development (PD) workshops are integral to comprehensive approaches to ensuring safe and inclusive schools.
  • Learn about GLSEN In-Person Workshops for Educators
  • Learn about Capacity Building Programs for Districts and Organizations

Question:

Who should attend GLSEN Professional Development workshops?

Answer:

  • All K-12 educators can benefit from attending GLSEN PD workshops regardless of role; because, all educators can be supportive allies and have positive impacts on school climate.

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Who does GLSEN consider an "educator"?

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  • GLSEN uses the term "educator" to describe the following: Current or future K-12 Teachers, Administrators, Counselors, Paraprofessionals, Librarians, Nurses, Bus Drivers, District Staff, School Resource Officers, Cafeteria Workers and other adults working in schools.

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Do GLSEN Professional Development workshops make an impact?

Answer:

  • They sure do! Thousands of educators across the country have attended GLSEN PD workshops to learn promising practices related to supporting their LGBT students, providing inclusive curriculum, advising GSAs and implementing comprehensive policies.
  • Want more evidence? Check out the Year One Evaluation of the NYC Department of Education Respect for All Training Program, which was found to increase staff competency at addressing name-calling, bullying and harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, and create safer school environments for LGBT students.

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How much do GLSEN Professional Development workshops cost?

Answer:

  • GLSEN PD fees vary by location, size of group, length of workshop and other factors. 
  • Financial assistance may be available to qualifying schools, districts and organizations.

Question:

How can I become a GLSEN Certified Facilitator?

Answer:

  • Have what it takes to lead GLSEN PD workshops? GLSEN uses an extensive certification process to develop potential facilitators. 
  • Contact your local GLSEN Chapter and let them know you're interested!
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