This professional learning program offers a holistic approach to creating safe, inclusive, and affirming school environments for all students. Dr. Vincent Pompei, one of the leading experts in the policies and practices that support LGBTQ+ students, draws on over a decade of experience advising schools and districts to develop this model for creating LGBTQ+-affirming environments.
By engaging is this critically important work, you and your staff will take a deep look at local data, legal obligations, policies, and systems to determine your action plan. You will also integrate input from your district leadership team, staff, and students into a sustainable, comprehensive professional learning plan and approach.
As a result, you and your staff will feel a greater sense of confidence to address inequities for LGBTQ+ students, develop policies and practices that will transform school climates, make meaningful teachable moments, and, most importantly, be prepared to help students when they need support related to their LGBTQ+ identity.
Designed for: central office administrators, school board members, school leaders, teachers, school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, and other education support professionals
Grade levels: PreK-12
Solution for: student mental health and well-being, equity, bullying prevention, face, inclusive, and affirming school culture and climate, identity safety
Delivery options: onsite consulting, virtual consulting
Thought leader: Vincent Pompei
Related Professional Learning: Building Resilience, Deep Equity, Collective Equity
As a result of creating an LGBTQ+-affirming environment, all students will:
The Corwin Professional Learning Services team provides customized professional learning plans based on the needs and goals of your school or district for developing LGBTQ+-affirming environments. As part of our commitment to client support, our professional learning advisors and author consultants can provide a confidential needs assessment and make recommendations for sequencing workshops, implementation support, and coaching.
The Identity Safe Schools for LGBTQ+ Students approach includes:
Once all district and build leadership and mental health professionals have been trained, it is recommended that each site receive training.
Ongoing technical assistance and coaching for small groups and 1:1 coaching with district and site-level leadership is available to further support developing safe, inclusive, and affirming school climates for LGBTQ+ students. This may include: