GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. Together we can transform our nation's schools into the safe and affirming environment all youth deserve.
GLSEN research shows that the presence of supportive educators can have a significant positive impact on LGBTQ students’ academic achievement, as well as on their psychological well-being and long-term educational aspirations. GLSEN Professional Development aims to empower educators to act in allyship with LGBTQ students.
Our Professional Development Workshops will assist educators in building the following skills:
Knowledge of LGBTQ student experiences in school
Understanding what allyship can provide for LGBTQ students
Awareness of the prevalence of anti-LGBTQ language and behavior in schools
Willingness and ability to intervene when anti-LGBTQ name-calling and bullying occurs
Willingness and ability to utilize curriculum inclusive of LGBTQ people, history and themes
Willingness to advocate for the rights of LGBTQ students and ensure safe schools for all
Access to resources and referral