Subject: strictly fyi: events in WA, OR, CA, CT, PA, ID & webinar
From: Nik <>
Date: 9/25/2012 8:40 AM

Dear Safe Schools Coalition Members and Friends:



(1) We Need Queer Youth Space Seattle Open forum on Health and Wellness (Sept. 27; Seattle, WA)

(2) Scenarios USA:  "Act Like a Man " webinars (Sept. 27 & Oct. 10; webinar)  

(3) Oregon Safe Schools Events (Oct. 5 & Oct. 8-12; OR)

(4) EDGY Conference (Oct. 12; Los Angeles, CA)

(5) Models of Pride Conference (Oct. 13; Los Angeles, CA)

(6) 17th Annual New England Conference on Multicultural Education (NECME) (Oct. 18; New Britian, CT)

(7) Family Matters Conference (Oct. 20; Glenside, PA)

(8) WELCOMING SCHOOLS 2012 Idaho Training (Oct. 26; Boise, ID)



(1) We Need Queer Youth Space Seattle Open forum on Health and Wellness (Sept. 27; Seattle, WA)

Have ideas for Health & Wellness programming for queer youth? We want to hear YOUR voice! Come to QYS this Thursday and share your ideas with Josh, our Health and Wellness Coordinator.

This wellness Collaborative provides critical education and mental health services to address the disparities for health and well-being experienced by queer youth. Prevention and wellness services are vital to our community because as queer youth,  "we focus so much on just surviving in our environments, and keeping ourselves mentally afloat, that our well-being is often neglected. " Grounded in the belief that queer youth should have equal access to health/wellness information as their heterosexual peers, we intend this wing to be a platform of comfort and self-advocacy, community support, and source of information and referrals.

When:   Thursday, September 27, 2012 5:00pm until 7:00pm in PDT

Where: 911 E Pike, 202, Seattle, Washington 98122


(2) Scenarios USA:  "Act Like a Man " webinars (Sept. 27 & Oct. 10; webinar)   


Scenarios USA and Answer are co-facilitating two webinars about engaging boys in (sexuality) education. They are perfect for any educator- including those who have done the Scenarios USAMasculinity Curriculum or the Gender, Power and Relationships Curriculum.  


The two webinars provide an overview of the messages boys receive regarding masculinity and sexuality and how we can engage male youth in the discussion about healthy relationships and sexual health.


1. September 27, 2012, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: "Act Like a Man!": How Pervasive Messages About Masculinity Affect Teen Boys


2. October 10, 2012, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Redefining Manhood: Tools and Tips for Engaging Youth


Each webinar costs $45.00.


Please click here to register and for more information. You'll receive an e-mail approximately 3 business days before the webinar you registered for. If you have any problems registering you can also call Patrice at Answer at 732-445-7929 to register.



(3) Oregon Safe Schools Events (Oct. 5 & Oct. 8-12; OR)


October 5th - Honoring Safe Schools       Join OSSCC on Oct. 5th at 6:30 PM at the Q Center to honor schools, districts and individuals that have helped make schools safer.


October 8 - 12 is Oregon Safe Schools Week! Help celebrate by making sure your school is safe and your district complies with all Oregon anti-bullying laws.


More info: OSSCC or 503-984-4865



(4) EDGY Conference (Oct. 12; Los Angeles, CA)


The USC LGBT Resource Center is proud to host Penny Lane Center 's 4th Annual EDGY (Embracing Diversity of GLBTQ Youth and Families) Conference.   This one day conference is dedicated to evolving practices for professionals who work with GLBTQ (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) youth and families.   Please SAVE THE DATE to attend this informative and inspiring conference.   The Conference will be held at the USC Tutor Campus Center from 8 am to 5 p.m.   You can click  here  to register.

Where:   University of Southern California (USC)

Time:   8 am to 5 pm, Tudor Hall  

Contact:   Cameron Glasgow,  818.894.3384  or




(5) Models of Pride Conference (Oct. 13; Los Angeles, CA)


Models of Pride (MOP) is a  free  one-day conference that focuses on the concerns and interests of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth up to age 24, and their allies. Words like camaraderie, safety and a strong sense of belonging have been used by hundreds of youth to describe this annual conference. The Models of Pride conference is filled with  workshops, a  resource fair, exciting  entertainment, food, a dance, and lots of new friends. By breaking the conference into tracks, we 've provided something for everyone! This year we have a  YOUTH TRACK  and a  COLLEGE TRACK  for students. We also have a  PARENT TRACK  where parents and guardians can access information and resources, and ask questions in a safe and supportive environment. And for a nominal fee, Models of Pride also offers a  PROFESSIONAL TRACK  for service providers and educators looking to enrich their skills to support our community.


When: October 13, 20012

Where: University of Southern California (USC)   



(6) 17th  Annual New England Conference on Multicultural Education (NECME) (Oct. 18; New Britian, CT)


New Englands largest and oldest Multicultural Education Conference!
Three Dynamic Keynote Presentations:
Jacqueline Jordan Irvine  -    "Using Culturally Responsive Teaching to Close the Achievement Gap: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Applications "

 Christine Sleeter -    "Yes, even Chemistry! Adapting your Curriculum and Teaching Methods for Multicultural Education."

 Lee Mun Wah -   "The World Is All Around Us- Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom. "


  Plus Experience: Welcoming Schools Film: What Do You Know?

What Do You Know? Six to twelve year-olds talk about gays and lesbians  is an award-winning professional development film produced by Welcoming Schools for elementary school staff and parents. The film features students from Massachusetts and Alabama discussing what they know about gay men and lesbians, what they hear at school, and what they 'd like teachers to do.

The DVD includes the 13-minute film, a 2 minute trailer, a 4 minute special feature  Teachers Respond  and a Facilitation Guide. The DVD has closed captioning and includes Spanish subtitles.

Where: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT,

When: Thurs. Oct. 18, 2012, 8:30-4:00 pm

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(7) Family Matters Conference (Oct. 20; Glenside, PA)


Arcadia University will host Philadelphia Family Pride's third annual Family Matters Conference for LGBT parents and prospective parents on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grey Towers Castle.


The conference keynote address will be given by Graciela Slesaranksy-Poe, Associate Professor in the School of Education at Arcadia University. Dr. Slesaransky-Poe is a member of the Human Rights Campaign 's Welcoming Schools program National Advisory Council and a certified Welcoming Schools trainer. Slesaransky-Poe, will also lead a workshop for educators, who are invited to participate from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will begin a conversation guided by a spirit of understanding and respect on how to create welcoming, inclusive, safe and affirming schools for gender nonconforming, transgender, and LGB students, parents, and educators. A short film  "What to know? Six to 12-year- olds talk about gays and lesbians, " produced by Welcoming Schools. More than a dozen workshops will cover three major themes: Welcoming Schools; Knowing Your Rights; and Growing Your Family.


Act 48 credits are available. Free, on-site child care and programming will be offered for children 3-11, while all other children are welcome to accompany their parents to any of the sessions being presented.

Registration is now open. More workshop details and registration information can be found on PFP's web site:



(8) WELCOMING SCHOOLS 2012 Idaho Training (Oct. 26; Boise, ID)

Welcoming Schools is a comprehensive approach offering a tool kit to create welcoming schools that address family diversity, avoiding and eliminating gender role stereotyping, and ending bullying. This one-day training is designed to meet the needs of pre-school and elementary-level educators, school staff, and child serving agencies. It is STRONGLY suggested that schools bring teams to these sessions, if at all possible.

Welcoming Schools was developed specifically for the primary level and includes administration, teacher, and community support strategies that foster the following:

- Respecting family diversity and encouraging family involvement across the community,  "including non- traditional family structures such as adoptive families, foster families, children being raised by their grandparents, and LBGT-headed families, etc.
- Avoiding gender stereotyping, examining gender roles and expectations, gender expression and non- conformity, and interrupting and preventing bias.
- Ending name calling and bullying through clear policies and procedures that prohibit harassment, intimidation and bullying; and by providing curricula that are inclusive and applicable for teachable moments with children.

Participants will be provided with:
- An understanding of Idaho state requirements for anti-harassment, intimidation and bullying policies and procedures.
- An increased understanding of the relationship between academic achievement and a safe learning environment.
- Best practices for addressing bullying and building a positive school climate.
- An overview of teacher training resources to bring back to your building.
- An overview of classroom resources including vetted children 's literature and curriculum related to family diversity and inclusion.
-   Opportunities to build skills in talking about gender and sexual orientation in age-appropriate ways.

For questions and more information about the training, please email Tracy Flynn: Pre-registration is required: Visit  to register.




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