Educator Cohort Committed to Queer and Trans Inclusion and Equity in Schools

Oct 30, 2024 3:30PM—Apr 30, 2025 5:30PM



Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until Oct 8) $1,120 members; $945 group-rate 3+; $ 1,755 non-members

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Educator Cohort Committed to Queer and Trans Inclusion and Equity in Schools

SESSION 1: October 30, 2024 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm

SESSION 2: November 20, 2024 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm

SESSION 3: January 29, 2025 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm

SESSION 4: March 26, 2025 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm

SESSION 5: April 30, 2025 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm


In this program, participants who self-identify as queer and/or trans and participants who are active allies for queer and trans communities will meet throughout the school year to build and strengthen their practices as educators in supporting and empowering queer and trans students, staff, and folks within their school communities. In each session, participants will receive training on various topics. For example, in one session, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice strategies for discussing the surge in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation with students and families and colleagues. This program is designed for school faculty/staff to receive hands-on guidance and customized, consistent support on creating more inclusive, equitable schools for queer and trans students and staff but also to join a community of advocacy-centered educators focused on continued learning and collaboration.

Participants will:

  • Gain resources and community support around queer and trans topics that are relevant and significant in learning environments
  • Receive ongoing guidance throughout the school year, allowing for continual support around site-specific questions
  • Develop strategies to align colleagues and school leadership who may need more information or guidance in this area in order to create and implement positive change in their communities
  • Explore possible pathways that foster better understanding and acceptance for LGBTQ+ people at home and in the community
  • Practice practical tools for active allyship
  • Learn about transformative justice and how to implement it in educational settings


This virtual ongoing program is designed for all educators, school counselors, administrators, and all school staff who self-identify as queer and/or trans and participants who are active allies for queer and trans communities.

Do you work at an independent school outside of California? Click here for a discount on our non-member registration!



Mavi Pilloton (they/them), M.Ed, is an experienced educator and DEI trainer/facilitator with over 10 years of experience working in Marin County public and independent schools. They most recently served as the Director of the Training Institute at The Spahr Center, a Marin County-based organization that provides programs and services to the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities, and previously, they have also held various roles in education such as DEI Educator and Appointed Member of DEI Leadership Teams, professional development consultant, gender-inclusive athletics consultant, program designer and facilitator for CATDC, kindergarten through fourth grade after-school program manager, basketball coach, and more. Mavi graduated from UC Davis one quarter early in 2013 and earned their Master's in Education, Equity, and Social Justice in December 2022. Their thesis project involved developing a curriculum of professional development workshops designed for elementary educators and supporting them in building LGBTQ+ inclusive, equitable schools and communities. In their work, Mavi loves to empower queer and trans folks, support local schools and organizations in their inclusive practices, and develop curriculum for and facilitate trainings for all audiences. Mavi is queer, trans/non-binary, multiracial, and grew up in Marin County.

Janna Barkin, CATDC Facilitator

Janna Barkin is an author, educator, and parent of a transgender person. Janna combines her many years of experience as a preschool educator/director and her expertise as a workshop presenter, speaker, group facilitator, and parent coach to bring educational and inspirational learning opportunities to educators, administrators, parents, caregivers, and community members. Since 2015, Janna has led a support group for parents and caregivers and another for grandparents of transgender and gender-expansive and questioning youth. She has been a featured speaker and workshop facilitator at California Council of Cooperative Preschools Conferences, Gender  Spectrum Conferences, the Philadelphia TransWellness Conference, at Fortune 500 corporations including The Gap and Microsoft, and at schools, bookstores, libraries, and other community gatherings. Janna’s new book, A Grand Love: Stories for Grandparents of Transgender Grandchildren (Jessica  Kingsley Publishers, 2024), is sure to be a moving and helpful resource. It includes personal stories and observations from the perspectives of the author, grandparents of transgender grandchildren, and transgender people themselves. Janna’s first book, He’s Always Been My Son: A Mother’s Story About Raising Her Transgender Son (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017), is an inspiring and moving story told from the heart of an extraordinary family. This book recounts the emotional and uplifting journey of raising a transgender child. To learn more about Janna and the work she does, visit her website.

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.