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Professional Learning

Safety, Bias, & LGTBQ+ Issues

Designed for all members, particularly those committed to addressing bias around sexual orientation and gender identity, this program teaches school personnel how to create a safe school climate for students and staff.

At a Glance

This series is now available virtually. It includes five trainings with certified facilitators, self-paced activities, and free digital resources.


  • Culturally Responsive Education
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Gender Equity
  • LGBTQ+ Rights
  • Positive School Environments
  • Racial & Social Justice


  • Learn how to create a safe school environment for students and staff
  • Gain tools to address bias around sexual orientation and gender identity
Developed by:

NEA Center for Social Justice

Last Updated: 02/22/2021


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional
  • Teacher


  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

Sessions can be tailored to the needs of the state or local affiliate

Session Format

Virtual or In-person


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Taking a Stand

Introductory workshop, designed for all school personnel, uses video clips and hands-on activities to examine the obvious and subtle ways bias plays out in schools and offers resources for creating schools that are safe for all students, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Walking-the-Talk 2

Walking the Talk

Designed for K-12 classroom instructors, this action-oriented workshop examines various approaches to designing and integrating lessons and activities that raise awareness of bias and empower students to advocate for change, especially around LGBTQ+ related bias.
Making-the-Case 3

Making the Case

Communications workshop, designed for educators and education leaders, provides an overview of effective messaging and communication strategies on controversial issues, as well as resources and models for talking to constituents about the need to address LGBTQ+ related bias in schools.
Drawing-Connections 4

Drawing Connections

Designed for all school personnel, this unique workshop explores the relationship and commonalities among gender, race, and LGBTQ+ issues, with an emphasis on enhancing race and gender awareness when addressing LGBTQ+ issues in schools.
Safe-and-Supportive 5

Safe and Supportive Working Environments

A safe and supportive working environment must be guaranteed for school employees to achieve their greatest potential. This session provides participants with ideas on how to create a safe and supportive working environment and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

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