LGBTQI Student Support Training for Administrators & Staff

Schools are experiencing increased incidents of bullying, cyberbullying and harassment. This trend has disproportionately targeted lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, questioning and intersex (LGBTQI) youth. Research indicates that the number one and number two reasons for bullying and harassment in schools are physical appearance and real or perceived sexual orientation. Reports from LGBTQI youth indicate that they experience consistently high levels of peer stereotyping, bullying and harassment*. Youth also report that adult intervention and support does not occur often enough.

The LGBTQI Student Support Training provides administrators, faculty and other educational leaders with the knowledge, skills and resources to address the growing safety and educational concerns of LGBTQI youth. The training helps leaders of today's diverse and multicultural school communities build climates of safety where all young people experience civility, connection and respect. It is an effective, engaging and multi-media program designed to meet specific school, district and/or community needs.

Outcomes for Participants:

  •     Understand how bullying, cyberbullying and harassment impact school performance and personal development for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning and intersex young people
  •     Review the latest research that can support educators and helping professionals in creating safer schools for LGBTQI and all youth
  •     Acquire increased understanding of laws and policies and strategies for meeting all compliance requirements
  •     Learn pro-active strategies and prevention resources and programs to build and maintain a school climate of safety and respect for all youth, and in particular youth who identify as LGBTQ.
  •     Develop action steps for improving plans, policies, programs and services

Who Participates and How Long is the Training?

This training is designed for district level leadership and middle and high school faculty and staff. Participants can include district and site administrators, school board members, teachers, guidance counselors, school social workers, coaches, and others who work regularly with youth in schools. It is a one-day training, usually 6 hours. Community Matters staff will conduct an initial phone assessment to understand needs, issues and desired results.

Customized services are also available to meet the specific needs of a school or district. These include presentations and shorter workshops with larger or smaller groups, consultancy, and focus group sessions.

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