Teaching for Safe and Inclusive Classrooms: Integrating LGBTQ Voices into the Humanities

March 9, 2017
Integrating LGBTQ Voices into the Humanities

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Teaching for Safe and Inclusive Classrooms: Integrating LGBTQ Voices into the Humanities

How does learning about the histories of marginalized groups foster empathy among young people and build social-emotional learning skills? How can the integration of missing voices of LGBTQ community members help create safer and more inclusive classroom communities? In this interactive workshop, we will focus on Facing History and Ourselves’ core themes of identity and membership and share best practices for integrating LGBTQ topics into classroom curriculum. We will explore connections between stereotypes, fear, and homophobia and model strategies for creating classroom environments that respect students’ unique identities and help foster equity of voice.

This workshop is recommended for upper middle and high school social studies, civics, advisory and humanities teachers.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Discover new teaching strategies, classroom, activities, and LGBTQ multimedia resources that align with the literacy-focused standards
  • Explore Facing History themes such as identity, membership, and civic participation and show their relationships to LGBTQ topics
  • Generate ideas for incorporating LGBTQ history resources and the history of other marginalized groups into your humanities courses

After this workshop, you will:

  • Become part of the Facing History educator network, with access to a rich slate of educator resources, including downloadable unit and lesson plans, study guides, and multimedia
  • Be able to borrow books and DVDs through our online lending library at no cost


Illinois educators can earn 7 Clock Hours for full participation in this course.

Scholarships are available for CPS educators to cover all costs except a $10 registration fee payable upon acceptance.

For questions regarding this professional development opportunity, please email [email protected].

National Teachers Academy
55 W Cermak Rd
Chicago, IL 60616
March 9, 2017
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

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