October 21, 2019, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
ASCA’s Ethical Standards state that school counselors advocate and a rm LGBTQ students, yet only 27% of LGBTQ students in California feel comfortable talking to their school counselor about their LGBTQ identity. A lack of cultural competency on LGBTQ identities and fear of pushback often result in hesitancy around LGBTQ inclusion efforts, which create hostile and unwelcoming school climates. Do all staff have a clear understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression? Do all educators know how to make a teachable moment when a homophobic or transphobic comment is made during class? Do all staff understand how to effectively support a student who is in the process of transitioning? Do all educators have adequate knowledge to comply with California laws as they pertain to LGBTQ students? There are a growing number of schools offering professional development, updating policies and creating procedures to ensure LGBTQ students are supported and protected. These schools are experiencing dramatic improvements in school climate resulting in increases in attendance, achievement and graduation rates. Join us to strengthen your knowledge, attitudes and skills to become a more effective advocate for change in your school. Participants will gain a better understanding of our legal obligations, how to effectively address pushback, identify emerging best- practices and gather the latest resources, including the California LGBTQ Youth Report. There will be time to work in small groups, practice responding to difficult questions from students or parents, and get answers to your questions. Attendees will leave feeling more confident and prepared to initiate positive change.
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