Professional Development Training Modules

Professional Development Training Modules

HRC Welcoming Schools Expert Trainers are located across the country. They offer practical and interactive professional development to create gender and LGBTQ inclusive schools using the following Welcoming Schools training modules. 

Contact Welcoming Schools to bring a training to your school or district.

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Overview of the Welcoming Schools Approach 

  • Learn about the many professional development trainings and resources that our nationally acclaimed, research-based program has to offer.
  • Learn how Welcoming Schools helps to create respectful and LGBTQ-inclusive elementary schools.

Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools 

  • Be able to better answer questions from students and families related to LGBTQ topics. 
  • Learn how to develop LGBTQ inclusive classrooms and become familiar with LGBTQ terminology.

Embracing Family Diversity 

  • Learn the importance of seeing and embracing family diversity. 
  • Be able to answer questions from students and families about the importance of welcoming all families in your school community.

Preventing Bias-Based Bullying 

  • Be able to foster ally behavior among students, staff and other adults.
  • Understand the critical need to proactively address the biased behavior that can lead to bullying.

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools 

  • Develop a framework for creating a gender inclusive school.
  • Be able to respond to challenging questions related to gender.

Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review

  • Become knowledgeable of federal, state and school district level laws and policies.
  • Become familiar with language to strengthen current policy and advocate for enumerated protections for all students.

Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students 

  • Understand the critical need to create safe and supportive schools for transgender and non-binary students.
  • Be familiar with policies and best practices to support transgender and non-binary students.

Intersectionality: School Practices with an Intersectional Lens

  • Explore the concept of intersectionality and how to use it as a framework to create school climates that are affirming and welcoming for students’ whole selves, including intersectional identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, ability, faith, LGBTQ identity, family structure, etc.
  • Understand the experiences and impact of school policies and practices on students’ intersectional identities.