University of Colorado System
Queering the Schoolhouse: LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Educators
University of Colorado System

Queering the Schoolhouse: LGBTQ+ Inclusion for Educators

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Jacob McWilliams
Suraj Uttamchandani
Daryl Boyd

Instructors: Jacob McWilliams


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11 hours to complete
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There are 6 modules in this course

Welcome to Queering the Schoolhouse course. In this short module you will get the chance to know the instructors who will help you learn and understand LGBTQ+ issues in education. We hope you enjoy in taking this course as much as we enjoyed creating it.

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4 videos2 readings

In this module, we’re going to explore three concepts: allies, accomplices, and advocates. People use these three words to talk about the kinds of actions they want to see from others who want to act on their behalf. Although this module focuses specifically on what it means to be an ally for LGBTQ+ people, many of the ideas we’ll work with here apply to being an ally for other marginalized people and communities. This module will prepare you to talk about allyship, advocacy, and accomplices, as well as to support LGBTQ+ people through your words and actions.

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10 videos6 readings1 quiz

In this module, we will briefly discuss the history of LGBTQ+ experiences in school. Then, we will examine some statistics to understand the current state of LGBTQ+ experiences of school. Finally, we will learn how to frame problems that LGBTQ+ students face in a way that supports school-wide solutions.

What's included

6 videos5 readings1 quiz

In this module, we will walk through some very specific strategies you can use to help make your school more inclusive. The four strategies we will cover in this module are: Ask for and use correct pronouns and names; Start or support a GSA or other school organization; Learn about school policies; and Keep learning locally and generally.

What's included

4 videos4 readings1 quiz

In this module, we’ll explore and apply strategies for evaluating curricular materials. We will also be refining them to make them more inclusive of LGBTQ+ identities and experiences.

What's included

6 videos5 readings1 quiz

In this module, you’ll start planning your next steps as an LGBTQ+-inclusive educator. We want you to think of this work as a kind of personalized research project. You’ve decided to make some changes to your curriculum. Now you need to gather information about how effective those changes are. That information can help you decide what’s working and what’s not. It can also help you as you talk with colleagues, parents, students, and community members about the work you’re doing.

What's included

4 videos1 reading1 quiz


Instructor ratings
4.8 (66 ratings)
Jacob McWilliams
University of Colorado System
2 Courses32,094 learners
Suraj Uttamchandani
University of Colorado System
1 Course4,882 learners
Daryl Boyd
University of Colorado System
1 Course4,882 learners

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