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Professional Learning

Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools

Participants will learn how to develop LGBTQ+ inclusive classrooms and answer questions from students and families related to LGBTQ+ topics.

At a Glance

Our interactive sessions include activities to engage all learners while providing a safe space for participants to start or continue on their social justice journeys.


  • Bullying
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Family & Community Engagement
  • LGBTQ+
  • Positive School Environments
  • School Climate


  • Learn essential vocabulary for talking with students, families, and colleagues about LGBTQ+ issues
  • Gain tools for responding to anti-gay comments and actions in the classroom
  • Explore activities and resources for creating a welcoming school environment
Developed by:

NEA Center for Social Justice

Last Updated: November 2020


Audience Role

  • College & University Faculty
  • Education Support Professional
  • Specialized Instruction Support Personnel
  • Teacher


  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

1.5 - 3 hours

Session Format

In person

What to Expect

All trainings can be customized to meet your members' specific needs. The typical flow of this training includes:

  • Reflection: Early memories of LGBTQ+ people
  • Film and Debrief: What Do You Know? Kids Talk About LGBTQ+ Topics
  • Activity: LGBTQ+ Dominoes (vocabulary)
  • Data: Statistics about LGBTQ+ students
  • Practice: Responding to “That’s so gay” and other anti-LGBTQ+ comments
  • Role Play: Responding to concerns about being LGBTQ+ inclusive
  • Website Exploration: LGBTQ+ resources
  • Activity: Checklist for a welcoming school

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