Post submitted by Charles Girard, HRC Welcoming Schools Coordinator

Interested in creating safer and more inclusive schools in your community? The Welcoming Schools Facilitator Certification Program is now accepting applications for its next training. The training will be held from June 19-22 at HRC’s office in Washington, D.C.

Facilitators accepted into the program will learn how to facilitate adults in K-5 schools utilizing Welcoming Schools materials and resources to improve school climate for all students, including LGBTQ youth and families. The four-day training will:

  • Empower safe schools advocates with the knowledge and confidence to effectively utilize Welcoming Schools Professional Development Training Modules.
  • Provide participants with the tools to offer training to school districts and organizations across the nation to ensure safe and welcoming schools for all children and their families.
  • Ensure participants receive extensive training on Welcoming Schools content and philosophy as well as practical skills for facilitating adult learners..

Susanne Schmal, MPH, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, a Facilitator in the program, said that the training she attended was “phenomenal,” and that the Welcoming Schools team and training “created an environment that was fun, positive and safe.”

Steven Chen, Senior Equity Manager of Boston Public Schools joined the Facilitator Certification Program during its first year and recently achieved full certification as a Facilitator. He said that in providing Welcoming Schools training and resources to Boston Public Schools, “the training has been consistently rated as one of the best and most effective professional development sessions by staff."

Learn more about the program and apply here.

HRC's Welcoming Schools is the nation's premier program dedicated to creating respectful and supportive elementary schools in embracing family diversity, creating LGBTQ-inclusive schools, preventing bias-based bullying, creating gender-expansive schools, and supporting transgender and non-binary students.


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