LGBTQ STUDENTS: Creating a Supportive School Environment

Course No. ED463v, ED563v

Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students don’t feel safe in our schools. Although progress has been made, a recent study by GLSEN shows that 85.2% of LGBTQ students experienced verbal harassment and over 65% of this group avoid school functions and extra-curricular activities. This new online course will open communication lines between K-12 educators to share techniques and strategies to build safe, effective learning environments for students of all genders and sexual orientations.  The LGBTQ Student class assignments will help educators build vocabulary, communication and advocacy skills that will be reflected in the confidence of their students to not only feel safe, but to thrive in school.

This course is appropriate for teachers of all subjects, grades K-12. Internet access is required, along with course text book; Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students. (available on for $20, used.)

We advise you to review and download the course syllabus before registering. Syllabus

Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

  1. Greater awareness for the importance of LGBTQ-inclusive schools
  2. Enhanced knowledge and understanding of LGBTQ issues facing today’s students.
  3. Analyze state-specific statistics on LGBTQ issues such as bullying, absenteeism and participation in extra-curricular activities.
  4. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of interventions such as “Safe Spaces” and LGBTQ-friendly schools.
  5. Enhance communication with students regarding LGBTQ issues.
  6. Develop effective LGBTQ-inclusive lessons & curricula
  7. Identify federal laws and school policies new and relevant to bullying and LGBTQ issues.
  8. Identify online and community resources available to enhance the education of teachers, students, parents and administrators.

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