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LGBTQ Students: Meeting Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs

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Graduate-Level Credit / Non-Credit Hours
3 Semester Credits, 4.5 CEUs, or 45 Clock Hours

Course Description
Participants in this course will learn the history of the LGBTQ movement, key terminology, how preconception and discrimination impact the LGBTQ community and review strategies for fostering LGBTQ-inclusivity in schools. Participants will examine myths and perceptions, as well as curriculum and best practices associated with LGBTQ students. Participants will be provided multiple opportunities to engage in discussions and activities that refine and define strategies and practices focusing on meeting the comprehensive needs of LGBTQ students. 

Global Goals of the Course
To deepen and/or apply the content and skills of the teacher’s existing professional knowledge base by meeting the following global goals of the course:

1. Identify myths and perceptions relating to LGBTQ
2. Design teaching strategies and lessons that include LGBTQ perspectives
3. Understand how to support parents and stakeholders around LGBTQ inclusivity and creating safe spaces for all students
4. Identify strategies to promote understanding between LGBTQ students and their peers, parents, and school
5. To demonstrate proficient knowledge of outreach organization and activities that provide students, parents, and school community the knowledge and techniques to support LGBTQ students


By Kathleen McCully
Reviewed 1 year ago
Eva was excellent. She took the time to look through all of my submissions with an eagle eye giving me positive feedback and further points to consider. She responded promptly and always with a personal touch.

By Vincenza Spilotro
Reviewed 7 months ago
He was great. This is not the first class I've taken with this instructor. I continue to take his courses because he is honest, gives great feedback, and is very understanding.

By Tonia Gatsios
Reviewed 1 year ago
This was my very first course taken online, self paced, and with Paul Wright. I really feel I gained a better understanding of the LGBTQ community and am so looking forward to taking another course through connecting link. Thank you!

By Tyrone Byrd
Reviewed 1 year ago
Paul Wright did a great job. Lots of great feedback. He graded assignments very quickly. Highly recommend his courses.

By Kimberly Kolodziej
Reviewed 2 years ago
Great course and instructor. I am registered to take more and look forward to more classes in the fall!

By Barbara Mann
Reviewed 1 year ago
The instructor is extremely timely and excellent with comments and responses. This is a class I have been looking for and hoping to find online so I could complete it at my own pace

By Dayna Truger
Reviewed 1 year ago
Steve is wonderful and truly wants his participants to learn and get involved.

By Kelley Frechette
Reviewed 1 year ago
Steve is amazing! He is energetic and knowledgeable about the subject. I appreciate that he can keep an entire class of adults engaged on Zoom!

By Cyle Ford
Reviewed 11 months ago
Course Instructor was so helpful and amazing on getting back with feedback.

By Susan Hope
Reviewed 11 months ago
I always enjoy the classes with Steve. Even through Zoom I think he does a great job establishing a positive learning environment where we can freely express our concerns and ask questions.

By Jonathan Damon
Reviewed 8 months ago
Paul is very responsive and provides helpful and thoughtful feedback.

By Stacy Pacheco
Reviewed 2 years ago
Paul Wright is an amazing instructor. He gives feedback quickly and always provides great recommendations

By Lauren Ferguson
Reviewed 3 months ago
The instructor left amazing feedback!

By Danielle Sherry
Reviewed 2 years ago
Thank you so much for being so helpful and resourceful! So appreciated to have quality professional development.

By Jill Stonehouse-L'Heureux
Reviewed 2 years ago
Everything was fantastic!

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06/20/22 - 07/17/22 Online
Jun 20 – Jul 17, 2022

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