LGBTQ STUDENTS: Creating a Supportive School Environment
NO. OF CREDITS:
3 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 2.00 credits]
|WA CLOCK HRS:
Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) students don’t feel safe in our schools. Although progress has been made, a recent study by GLSEN shows that 85.2% of LGBTQ students experienced verbal harassment and over 65% of this group avoid school functions and extra-curricular activities. This new online course will open communication lines between K-12 educators to share techniques and strategies to build safe, effective learning environments for students of all genders and sexual orientations. The LGBTQ Student class assignments will help educators build vocabulary, communication and advocacy skills that will be reflected in the confidence of their students to not only feel safe, but to thrive in school.
This course is appropriate for teachers of all subjects, grades K-12. Internet access is required, along with course text book; Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students. (available on Amazon.com for $20, used.)
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Upon completion of this course, participants will have:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.
UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION
REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.
CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.
AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.
ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION
Sadowski, Michael Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students. 232p. (Youth Development & Education Series). Harvard Education. 2016 ISBN-13: 978-1612509426
Text, Safe is Not Enough: Better Schools for LGBTQ Students, cost approximately $20 on Amazon.com.
ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR HOURS OR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
A. INFORMATION ACQUISITION
Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #1: COURSE FORUM: Introduction
Assignment #2: Victims of the LGBTQ Community
In this movement and in our culture, it sometimes takes horror to create momentum for change and that’s a difficult contradiction to live with.
–Eliza Byard, GLSEN.
Choose one victim from the LGBTQ community listed below. You may choose a different victim with the instructors prior approval. Read, watch and listen to their stories about being bullied. Use your own resources to learn about these individuals in order to prepare a 1-2 page paper using the questions below.
Jamie Rodemeyer Leelah Alcorn
Your choice (with instructor’s permission)
Post a 250-500 word reflection in the field below describing what you learned, being sure to include the following:
Assignment #3: Know the Issues
Read pages 1-8 of The Safe Space Kit: Guide to Supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Students In Your School. (Linked below)
Answer questions 1-8 on page 7 and 8. QUESTIONS 9 or 10 ARE COMPLETELY OPTIONAL - you do not have to answer them. In 250-500 words post your answers in the field below.
Assignment #4: Understanding Terminology & Etiquette
Part I: “Core Vocabulary”
Review the assignment “Vocabulary Extravaganza” from the website thesafezoneproject.com using the link below. Feel free to use this as a resource in your classroom and edit according to your age group and their needs. Write a 1/2-1 page response reflecting on terms you knew, ones you had heard of but didn't know the meaning of and terms you never heard of before. You may choose to tally up words for each category (known, heard of but don't know, don't know/never heard of) or select a few specific terms an elaborate on your knowledge, or lack thereof!
Part II: The Genderbread Person
“The Genderbread Person” from the blog “itspronouncedmetrosexual” has received a lot of attention from the media. Reviews are mixed. Read the blog post on The Genderbread Person v3.3 to learn how this diagram can be used to describe the not-so-easy-to-understand four characteristics of gender: biology, identity, sexual orientation and expression.
For additional information: watch any videos under "additional resources" that catch your attention.
In the comment section , post your thoughts in 250+ words and respond to at least one other response about “The Genderbread Person v3.3”.
What does the Q in LGBTQ mean?
Assignment #5: How to Deal with LGBT Issues in School
Listen to the podcast “How to Deal with LGBT Issues in School” (available to stream or download for free on iTunes or SoundCloud or by using the link below) by Harvard EdCast.
After listening to the podcast and taking notes; answer the following review questions:
10) What is the Safe Schools Improvement Act?
Assignment #6: GLSEN’s School Climate Survey
CHOICE A -National School Climate Survey
Use the link to the GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) School Climate Survey below:
Describe in 250-500 words your feelings in relation to the statistics shown (ie. if you feel it is accurate or reflective of the school you teach at and whether it met your expectations or not) for the following categories’.
Conclude with your opinion about the quality of the National School Climate Survey (Full Report) for LGBTQ students and how it has changed over time. Cite statistics from “Part Four: Indicators of School Climate Over Time” to support your view.
CHOICE B - Local School Climate Survey
If you prefer, you may choose to conduct a survey at your own school. GLSEN has great resources (linked below) to help you do this. You may want to speak to students, parents and administrators beforehand.
Describe in 250-500 words your feelings in relation to the statistics you gathered (ie. if you feel it is accurate or reflective of the school you teach at and whether it met your expectations or not) for the following categories:
Assignment #7: The Power of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
In the text Read Chapter 3, “Turning Adversity into Activism”.
Describe the importance of GSA in schools across the country today
You may choose to read more about the GSA at Jericho Middle School (as mentioned in “Safe is Not Enough”) on Long Island through the blog of principal Donald F. Gately or through his “Ted Talk” (YouTube link below). Also included is a link to Paul V. Poteat’s “Gay Straight Alliances: Promoting Student Resilience and Safer School Climates”, from American Educator.
ADDITIONAL ASSIGNMENTS REQUIRED FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
B. LEARNING APPLICATION
In this section you will apply your learning to your professional situation. This course assumes that most participants are classroom teachers who have access to students. If you do not have a classroom available to you, please contact the instructor for course modifications. Assignments done in a course forum will show responses from all educators active in the course. Feel free to read and respond to others comments.
Assignment #8: Transgender Students
Assignment #9: Annotated Bibliography
Assignment #10: Create An Educational Resource
Create an LGBTQ educational resource for students, parents, colleagues, administrators or the general public. This resource should outline challenges the LGBTQ community faces today (you may choose to refer statistics you learned about in Assignment #6), what can be done at school, home or in the community to allow LGBTQ students to thrive and provide at least 3 links to local resources for support with LGBTQ issues. This resource may be in the form of a brochure, PowerPoint (or similar) presentation, video or a form of media. Some themes may include.
Assignment #11: (500 Level ONLY) Advocacy
Option A): “Attend a GSA Meeting”
Attend a GSA meeting at your school. If your school does not have a club, hold a meeting of your own. Resources can be found at http://www.glsen.org/jumpstart Post a 250-500 word reflection on your experience.
Option B): “Conduct an Anonymous School Climate Survey”
Conduct a survey (in coordination with your school district’s policy) on LGBTQ issues in your school using GLSEN’s Local Survey. (Available free at http://localsurvey.glsen.org/). A step-by-step guide is available as well. Share the results of the survey with your class. Note the student’s (as well as your own) expectations before sharing the results. Follow up with your own questions to see if students were surprised with the results. Ask your students what they hope to see in the future of their school.
Describe your findings in 250+ words.
Option C): “Interview A Student Who Identifies As LGBTQ”
Interview a student or several students (in coordination with your school district’s policy) who openly identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. The interview should focus on obstacles that the student faces (because of their gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, etc.), pros and cons of your school, things teachers and/or administrators can do to improve the school experience for LGBTQ students. Summarize your findings in 250-500 words using the space below.
Another assignment of your own choice with the instructor’s prior approval.
C. INTEGRATION PAPER
Assignment #12: (Required for 400 and 500 Level)
SELF REFLECTION & INTEGRATION PAPER
(Please do not write this paper until you've completed all of your other assignments)
Write a 350-500 word Integration Paper answering these 5 questions:
INSTRUCTOR COMMENTS ON YOUR WORK:
Please indicate by email to the instructor if you would like to receive comments on your assignments.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:
Brian Long, M.A. is a teacher at a public high school. He has earned his B.S.E. in Physical Education as well as his M.A. in health education from the State University of New York at Cortland.
He has served as a member of the C.A.R.E. (Character Alliance Reaches Everyone) Committee and Drug Awareness Coalition in his school district. Brian has created in-service workshops in computer programs and has developed extra curricular intramural programs at his school.
In 2008, Brian was the recipient of the Middle Country Central School Districts SPARC (Special Performance/ Achievement Recognition & Commendation Award) as well as NYSUT’s Community Service Award in 2009.
LGBTQ STUDENTS: Creating a Supportive School Environment
Byard, Eliza. “How to Deal With LGBT Issues in Schools”, Audio blog post. Harvard EdCast. Harvard Graduate School of Education. January 25, 2013.
Gately, Donald F. (2013). Why Our Middle School Has A Gay-Straight Alliance. (online blog)
GLSEN. (2017). School Climate in Oregon (State Snapshot) New York: GLSEN
GLSEN. (2011) The Safe Space Kit: Guide to Being an Ally for LGBT Students. 47p. New York
GLSEN. (2013) The GLSEN Jump Start Guide:Building and Activating Your GSA or Similar Student Club. New York
GLSEN. (2015) The 2015 School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Our Nation’s Schools. 174p. New York.
Kosciw, J. G., Greytak, E. A., Giga, N. M., Villenas, C. & Danischewski, D. J. (2016). The 2015 National School Climate Survey: The experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth in our nation’s schools. New York: GLSEN.
Poteat, Paul, V. Gay Straight Alliances: Promoting Student Resilience and Safer School Climates. American Educator, Winter 2016-2017
Rizga, Kristina. Coming Out In High School: How One Gay-Straight Alliance Supports Students. American Educator, Winter 2016-2017