LGBTQ+ Students: Developing Welcoming & Supportive Schools & Classrooms
ONLINE: WINTER(2018) January 8 – March 24, 2018 (10 weeks))
3 credits / 60 Oregon Professional Development Units available through Portland State University
This course explores issues and identities concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender nonconforming, and queer students relevant to schools and classrooms. Students will analyze impacts of larger socio-cultural circumstances and events and the effects of common educational policies and practices, learn from real world experiences and perspectives, and collect a toolbox of strategies and resources for developing welcoming and supportive classroom and school environments for LGBTQ+ students.
Katharine Sprecher, Ph.D. has taught courses in social justice and teacher education since 2007 and has been a teacher and mentor for marginalized children, youth, and young adults for much of her professional life. In 2015 and 2016, she led a collaboration among university faculty, a campus LGBT Center, and community members to create and provide workshops on supporting LGBTQ students in K-12 schools and higher education. She is currently co-founder and executive director of the Center for Transformative Arts and Education (www.TransformativeAE.org).