Educational Professionals Series

Discover Youth Outlook, Illinois' first and longest-running social services agency solely dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ youth. Gain insights into our services, understand the current experiences of LGBTQ+ youth, and learn strategies for creating safe, affirming spaces. The session also provides valuable resources for ongoing education and support. (1 Hour) Learning Objectives: Learn about Youth Outlook’s [...]

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Features a diverse panel of LGBTQ+ youth, parents, and allies guiding an interactive session that offers a unique opportunity to hear firsthand experiences and insights about the LGBTQ+ community. The session also includes a Q&A segment, allowing attendees to engage directly with panelists, fostering an open dialogue and a more profound comprehension of the LGBTQ+ [...]

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Led by our Youth Leaders and designed specifically for teen audiences, attendees will hear directly from peers about the challenges and triumphs of navigating school life as queer and trans individuals. The session encourages active participation and allows teens to ask questions, exchange ideas, and gain practical tips on how to be effective allies and [...]

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Offers students an opportunity to understand the spectrums of identity, including SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression), enhancing their awareness and empathy towards LGBTQ+ peers. It emphasizes the importance of being an ally and promotes a culture of inclusivity and support within your school community. Additionally, the session provides essential resources for both students [...]

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Explores effective strategies for integrating LGBTQ+ inclusivity into curriculum planning. Attendees will learn about challenges, trends, and best practices for inclusive lesson planning and classroom environments. The session offers resources and examples of lesson plans, encouraging educators to design and adapt curricula that reflect and respect diverse identities. Part 2 of 2. (1.5 Hours) Learning [...]

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Focuses on creating inclusive schools for LGBTQ+ students and families, starting with an overview of affirming LGBTQ+ terminology and developmental milestones. Explores key laws, policies, and best practices,  such as gender support plans, to foster inclusive learning environments. Part 1 of 2. (1.5 Hours) Learning Objectives: Understand and apply LGBTQ+ affirming language in educational settings. [...]

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