Gender-Sexuality Professional Alliance Group

Oct 22, 2020 9:30AM—Apr 29, 2021 12:00PM

Cost $1,050 members; $900 group-rate; $1,575 non-members

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Gender-Sexuality Professional Alliance Group

SESSION 1: October 22, 2020 | 9:30am - 12:00pm

SESSION 2: December 8, 2020 | 9:30am - 12:00pm

SESSION 3: January 12, 2021 | 9:30am - 12:00pm

SESSION 4: February 25, 2021 | 9:30am - 12:00pm

SESSION 5: April 29, 2021 | 9:30am - 12:00pm


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 five meetings.

Each meeting will work within a framework of healing justice and provide time for participants to share stories, ask questions, celebrate successes and identify strategies to address 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.



Laura Cartwright brings 25 years of experience championing youth and their families through a regionally informed, intersectional lens. She is currently developing training offerings and curriculum for Rainbow Community Center of Contra Costa County and has facilitated workshops nationally to support educators, administrators, facilitators, and youth workers in providing restorative practices in their setting with a particular focus on serving LGBTQ+ youth. She most recently taught for 10 years where she was the Athletic Director, 8th grade advisor, and Social Emotional Learning curriculum writer and teacher. Before teaching, Laura worked in the non-profit sector serving youth in Detroit, and later working to empower athletes of all abilities as the Vice President of Regional Sports at Special Olympics Northern California. 


Dee Johnson is an international educational development professional and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Middlebury College. Her personal and professional interests include: Women & Gender Studies, Critical Race Theory, Education Policy, Higher Education, Human Rights and Global Citizenship Education, as well as Teacher Professional Development, and Curriculum Development. She boasts over nine years of experience in the private, public and nonprofit education sectors, is a former UNESCO Junior Program Specialist and serves as an advisor to several gender justice and human rights organizations. She has worked extensively with American independent schools, both in New England and the San Francisco/Bay Area, is a keen problem solver, dedicated scholar-activist, writer, and polyglot. 


Tara Theobald-Anderson has been teaching English and Gender Studies in public and independent high schools for almost fifteen years. They are dedicated to centering social justice pedagogies in their teaching practice and is continually striving to become an anti-racist educator. In addition to their degrees in English Education and Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago, they also love taking classes with the Bay Area Writing Project and recently completed a post-graduate certificate in Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University. They have been teaching at Mid-Peninsula High School in Menlo Park for the past nine years.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.