REGISTER FOR AN UPCOMING LGBTQ EDUCATION SUMMIT
- Dates and Locations
- Call for Workshop Proposals
The LGBTQ Community Initiative will be hosting four multi-regional education summits in the Northeast, Midwest, Deep South, and True West. Join us for a weekend filled with inspirational speakers, community advocacy, and leadership development opportunities centering on the movement for educational equity and empowerment for LGBTQ communities. LGBTQ Education Summits are open to LGBTQ and Allied Teach for America Corps Members, Alumni, and staff, as well as educators, community members and partners beyond the organization.
Three of the four Education Summits have already occurred. Register for our final Summit of the 2015-2016 academic year, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA from January 9-10, 2016.
- Northeast Regional Summit | Washington, DC | October 10-11, 2015
- Midwest Regional Summit | Chicago, IL | November 7-8, 2015
- Deep South Regional Summit | Atlanta, GA | November 21-22, 2015
- True West Regional Summit | Los Angeles, CA | January 9-10, 2016
Spaces are limited, so pre-register here for one of the Summits now!
Each two-day summit will include LGBTQ-inclusive professional development, community engagement, social networking, and brave testimonies. We are currently accepting proposals for leadership development workshops that align with the five tracks outlined below:
- Direct Student Support
- Family and Community
- Policy and Advocacy
- School Culture and Climate
- Teacher Leadership Development
If you or anyone in your network is interested in designing and facilitating a workshop at one (or more!) of the LGBTQ Education Summits, please complete this form.
Why We Take a Stand
Students of color, those from low-income areas, and those who identify as LGBTQ face oppression based on their multiple identities. Teach For America is committed to safety, fairness, and dignity for all students. That’s why we’re taking a stand. Our LGBTQ Community Initiative aims to create a more intersectional movement to end educational inequity by encouraging more LGBTQ leaders to teach.
Impact of LGBTQ Education Summits
Starting in 2014, we began hosting conversations on the state of education in LGBTQ America. Corps members, alumni, activists, and community members across different regions came together to discuss the importance of making educational equity an LGBTQ priority. These conversations have continued in the form of annual LGBTQ Summits, held in four regions across the country. Members of the summit make recommendations for:
- Direct student support
- Family and community engagement
- Policy and advocacy
- School culture and climate
- Teacher preparation
At this year’s Northeast LGBTQ Summit, shown above, participants discussed how to serve as brave educators and advocate for LGBTQ students. Read more about the summit experience, and view our Deep South Summit video.
Resources for Educators
- Employment Protection Laws
- From Teach For America
- From GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network)
- From Campus Pride
- From the Southern Poverty Law Center
- From The Trevor Project
- From Accredited Schools Online
Employment protections for LGBTQ teachers in our partner regions vary. View state laws and protections for more information about the legal landscape in our regions.
Please know that while there is no federal law that protects LGBTQ individuals from being fired because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, many of our regions are in states that have passed laws to include protections for these identities. Applicants who are concerned about employment protections should note their preferences in “special circumstances” when applying. This request will be honored to the best of our ability.
It is important to recognize that the presence of legal protections for LGBTQ people does not guarantee a culture of acceptance within a region and vice versa. Especially in regions where these protections do not exist, corps members have had positive experiences. LGBTQ teachers can make an impact in regions not traditionally associated with being LGBTQ-friendly, especially given these are often the areas where LGBTQ students most need advocates and allies. If you are willing to advocate for an inclusive learning environment in any setting, we encourage you to mobilize and fight for the students and communities we serve.
Safe and affirming classrooms toolkit, including vocabulary and action steps
- Gender Tolerance Unit Plan: Unit Overview
2011 report on the experiences of LGBTQ students living in rural areas
Guide to establishing and operating a gay-straight alliance in your school
Guide to working with LGBTQ students of color
Toolkit for elementary educators to help students feel safe and develop respectful behaviors and attitudes
Kit to create a safe space for LGBTQ youth in secondary schools
- Campus Pride College Fair Program: A national LGBTQ College Fair Program hosted once a year online and in 8-10 different cities across the U.S. The program is designed to address the concerns of LGBTQ and ally students related to academics, student life, and campus safety.
- Campus Pride Index: An assessment tool for campuses looking for ways to improve LGBTQ campus life.
- Camp Pride: A summer LGBTQ Youth Leadership Academy to build leadership capacity among LGBTQ and ally undergraduate student leaders and create safer, more inclusive campus communities.
- Advisor Bootcamp: An LGBTQ Professional Academy for Advisors to expand knowledge, enhance skills, and collaborate with others who share passion for creating safer, more welcoming communities.
- Campus Pride LGBTQ Scholarship Database: A database of LGBTQ scholarships available across the United States.
- Campus Pride Map: A database of LGBTQ student groups, support services, and resources at colleges and universities across the United States.
Guide to creating an LGBTQ-inclusive school environment
Curriculum examining the impact of language and actions on LGBTQ youth (includes how to recognize and respond to signs of depression and suicide)
Trainings to help adults understand the environmental stressors that contribute to a heightened risk for suicide in LGBTQ youth
- Kit including educator resource guide, copy of the film Trevor, book and film list, brochures, cards, and stickers
Comprehensive resource guide that includes interviews with researchers in the field, as well as information about scholarships available for LGBTQ students
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