Training Modules Available for LGBTQ+ and Gender Inclusive Professional Development

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools Certified Facilitators are located across the country. They offer practical and interactive professional development to create gender and LGBTQ+ inclusive schools using the following Welcoming Schools training modules.

Creating LGBTQ+ Inclusive Schools (Elementary)

  • Be able to better answer questions from students and families related to LGBTQ topics.
  • Learn how to develop LGBTQ inclusive classrooms and become familiar with LGBTQ terminology.

Creating LGBTQ+ & Gender Inclusive Schools (Secondary)

  • Learn important school practices to create LGBTQ and gender-inclusive schools.
  • Practice how to seek teachable moments and respond to questions about LGBTQ and gender topics.

Embracing All Families (Elementary)

  • Learn the importance of seeing and embracing all families.
  • Be able to answer questions from students and families about the importance of welcoming all families in your school community.

Preventing Bias-Based Bullying (Elementary & Secondary)

  • Be able to foster ally behavior among students, staff and other adults.
  • Understand the critical need to proactively address the biased behavior that can lead to bullying.

Creating Gender Inclusive Schools (Elementary)

  • Develop a framework for creating a gender inclusive school.
  • Be able to respond to challenging questions related to gender.

Welcoming Schools Law and Policy Review (Elementary & Secondary)

  • Become knowledgeable of federal, state and school district level laws and policies.
  • Become familiar with language to strengthen current policy and advocate for enumerated protections for all students.

Supporting Transgender and Non-Binary Students (Elementary & Secondary)

  • Understand the critical need to create safe and supportive schools for transgender and non-binary students.
  • Be familiar with policies and best practices to support transgender and non-binary students.

Intersectionality: School Practices with an Intersectional Lens (Elementary & Secondary)

  • Explore the concept of intersectionality and how to use it as a framework to create school climates that are affirming and welcoming for students’ whole selves, including intersectional identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, ability, faith, LGBTQ identity, family structure, etc.
  • Understand the experiences and impact of school policies and practices on students’ intersectional identities.


Elementary School Training Modules

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Secondary School Training Modules

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