Did you know that you can bring an Iowa Safe Schools team member to your school? We’ll travel the state to bring you and your staff the most up-to-date information regarding laws and policies affecting LGBTQ students, supporting LGBTQ students at school, and building strategies to ensure a safe and inclusive learning environment for all.
Our team is highly qualified to lead yours through myriad obstacles standing in the way of offering LGBTQ students the support they need to thrive as students and as individuals. Our laid-back, approachable, and fun presentation style will help make everyone in the room more comfortable, even those who are new or nervous.
Look through some of our most common presentations below but know that we always design our presentations to be specific to you and your needs.
All presentations come with a complimentary 1-hour planning session with your speaker to ensure all your needs are being met.
In this one-hour training, participants will learn basic and intermediate terminology relating to the LGBTQ community, work together and with the session facilitator to find inclusive language they can use every day, and discuss how and why to use a person’s chosen pronouns. This session also provides participants insight on why developing a basic understanding of LGBTQ language and LGBTQ-inclusivity is instrumental to success and accessibility for LGBTQ people.
This one-hour training is appropriate for participants who have already taken LGBTQ 101, or who already have a basic understanding of LGBTQ terminology and barriers facing the LGBTQ community. This session takes a deeper dive into understanding gender, gender norms, and intersex individuals. Participants in this session will engage with the history of gender, as well as the science of biological sex to help make sense of contemporary issues surrounding the transgender community.
In this 90-minute session, participants will begin with a brief overview of basic LGBTQ terminology before moving into a discussion of barriers facing the LGBTQ student community. We will juxtapose student success (both academic and social) in environments that provide inclusive curriculum and other LGBTQ-affirming spaces, with those that do not. Participants will gain strategies to make their classrooms and school communities more accessible to LGBTQ students.
In this one-hour session participants will do a brief overview of what it means to create LGBTQ-Inclusive classroom spaces, and then discuss strategies for creating inclusive curriculum, facilitating difficult or otherwise uncomfortable conversations, and policy considerations.
In this one-hour session, participants will learn the basics of LGBTQ terminology, explore barriers facing LGBTQ students, and discuss ways to implement grade-appropriate LGBTQ-Inclusive curriculum and conversation at the elementary level.
Familiarize yourself with current bullying laws and best-practices in this one-hour session. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of Iowa’s anti-bullying laws, what constitutes bullying, and steps they can take to prevent and respond to instances of bullying in their classroom communities.
In this 60 minute session participants will learn the basics of LGBTQ terminology and inclusive language, as well as engage with best-practices and policy considerations for working with LGBTQ clients. These practices center the safety and experiences of LGBTQ people. Participants will also learn about barriers that prevent LGBTQ individuals from seeking out and accessing healthcare.
In this 60-minute session, participants will begin with a brief overview of basic LGBTQ terminology before moving into a discussion of barriers facing LGBTQ individuals and their access to various services. Participants will learn how to modify their operations to be inclusive of LGBTQ individuals in their organizational policies and programming initiatives.
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