The Michigan Department of Education and the Intermediate School Districts this March are offering a workshop, A Silent Crisis: Creating Safe and Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Students. There are three opportunities for educators and education partners to attend this workshop in three different ISDs.

This workshop is open to school administrators, school board members, Title IX Coordinators, teachers, GSA advisors, school counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, school nurses, other school staff, youth workers, parents, and other caring adults.

The workshop will focus on helping school personnel and administrators understand, assess and improve school climate and safety for all youth, especially those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or questioning. Research consistently finds LGBTQ students to be at higher risk for homelessness, alcohol and substance abuse, harassment, assaults, suicide, school failure/dropout, and truancy. Learn simple, research-based steps schools can take to mitigate these risk factors.

Workshop participants will:

  • State major health and educational risks faced by LGBTQ students
  • Analyze current terminology related to sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Analyze implications of personal beliefs regarding LGBTQ issues on professional practice
  • Assess current school/agency safety and climate for LGBTQ students
  • State the implications of key legal and policy issues affecting LGBTQ students and a safe school environment
  • Use skills for responding to and intervening with students, staff, and the broader school community to create a safer school environment for LGBTQ students
  • Commit to addressing school safety and climate issues for LGBTQ students at the individual, collegial, and the school/community levels
  • Use culturally inclusive local, regional, state, and national resources

Learn more and register for the Ottawa Area ISD event on March 6.

Learn more and register for the Genesee ISD event on March 19.

Learn more and register for the Eaton RESA event on March 26.