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Workshop: Gender-Sexuality Professional Alliance Group (SF)


Session 1

Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Session 2

Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Session 3

Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Session 4

Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Fee: Early-bird: $1100 Members; ($1800 Non-members)


Gender-Sexuality Professional Alliance Group (SF)

Early-bird (before Aug 15): $1100 Members
Regular (Aug 16 – Oct 3): $1200 Members
Late (after Oct 4): $1250 Members

This working group of LGBTQ+* professionals will provide a unique opportunity for educators to connect in a confidential, respectful, and relaxed atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to develop a network of LGBTQ+ educators which continues well beyond our four meetings.

Each meeting will provide time for participants to share stories, ask questions, celebrate successes and identify strategies to addresses any challenges or concerns presented. In addition, we will explore a particular theme which will help guide and build upon your school’s capacity to understand and celebrate students, staff, and families of all genders and sexualities.

The specific themes covered will reflect the common interests and needs of the participants and naturally evolve over the course of the year. Possible themes may include:  

  • Coming out and being out in the workplace
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ students and related social justice clubs
  • Working with families that hold a wide range of beliefs and perspectives
  • Identifying and problem-solving common questions and concerns
  • Incorporating historical and current event gender and sexuality lessons in class discussions
  • Building an LGBTQ+ inclusive school library
  • Reviewing resources within the community and beyond

* LGBTQ+ is a term that embraces a wide range of sexualities and genders including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer.  

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Olivia Higgens

Olivia Higgens

Olivia Higgens is the founder of Queerly Elementary. Since 2001, she has worked with individual schools and school districts, including Oakland, Alameda, and San Francisco Unified, to increase their capacity to better understand and embrace people of all genders and sexualities. Her advocacy for queer friendly schools began when she was an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major at Temple University. Despite heavy resistance from both students and professors, she successfully initiated a petition to update the core curriculum to include LGBTQ topics. Olivia and her wife are raising their two children in Alameda.
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