LGBTQ STUDENTS’ CHALLENGES AND A ROADMAP FOR THEIR SAFETY AND WELL-BEING IN OUR SCHOOLS
This event is FREE to all.
What is the latest contemporary research discovering about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer plus young people in school settings? What are the psycho-social issues and needs as well as the challenges within the familial context pertaining to rejecting families? Importantly, what can help this group of students, now 14-19 percent of our district populations in Florida, become more resilient and thrive in their school communities? Join us for this informative cultural competency and best practice professional development webinar which will shed light on this vulnerable group of children, who still in 2018, is highly at risk yet ripe for support and resiliency.
De Palazzo brings a passionate spirit and a solid depth and breadth of school-based knowledge to her role as Equality Florida’s new statewide Safe School Director, serving for over 25 years as a classroom teacher, Broward School District LGBTQ Coordinator, national LGBTQ consultant and anti-bias trainer. In Equality Florida’s role since August of 2016, De has developed relationships with District administrators in 51 of Florida’s school districts, tending to the unique needs of LGBTQ students. De co-initiated “Courageous Conversations about Race,” a race and equity-based initiative in Broward County Public Schools and is a national adjunct trainer for “Future Work Institute” a diversity and inclusion workplace consulting organization, as well as a certified anti-bias trainer for the Anti-Defamation League. She was a member of GLSEN’s National Board of Directors, founded GLSEN Fort Lauderdale, and was a nationally certified trainer for GLSEN anti-bias training program, as well as the Human Rights Campaign Welcoming Schools K-5 Project, a comprehensive approach to improving school climate in elementary school environments. De cofounded the first national LGBTQ conference for and by school district employees in 2011 and the first Florida LGBTQ school district conference for upper-level administrators, general counsels, and school board members, now in their fifth year and third years respectively.