Adult Trainings and Workshops

Adult Cultural Competency Trainings

Even if you value diversity and inclusion, sometimes you need a little help to educate yourself and others. We perform trainings for group of adults for a fee. We provide cultural competency trainings for schools, government agencies, community organizations, churches, and corporations. Currently, all trainings are being hosted virtually due to COVID-19. In-person trainings will resume at a later date.

  • Virtual Training Cost: $750

Upcoming Workshops for Adults

SMYAL Workshops Offered in Partnership with OSSE

These trainings are open to anyone who works with students in DCPS and DCPC

 

Introduction to LGBTQ Identities

 

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March 9, 2-4 pm
May 3, 10-12 pm
June 7, 3:30-5:30 pm

 

Building support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ+) youth in our schools takes all of us! The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), in collaboration with SMYAL, will host a two-hour introductory workshop to provide the foundational knowledge and vocabulary for understanding LGBTQ identities. We’ll talk about concepts of gender identity, transgender and nonbinary identities, pronouns, sexual and romantic orientation, and more.

This workshop provides a foundation for attendees to explore the next steps for supporting your students and building an inclusive space in your school, classroom, or office. This workshop is open to all staff who interact with students, including but not limited to classroom educators, aides, social workers, and administrators in pre-K-Grade 12+ settings.

Those who already have a foundational knowledge of the concepts and vocabulary and are instead looking for more best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ youth should attend one of SMYAL’s other offerings: Supporting Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students, Supporting LGBTQ+ Students at the Elementary Level, Curriculum Building for LGBTQ+ Inclusion.

Supporting Trans and Gender Nonconforming Students

 

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April 6, 2-4 pm

April 7, 3:30-5:30 pm

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), in collaboration with SMYAL, will host a two-hour workshop that focuses on the needs of transgender and gender nonconforming students in school settings. We will discuss affirming language for gender nonconforming students, common needs and concerns, and action steps for educators to support students in their schools. We will also review local and federal policies and guidelines that address transgender students. It will be expected that attendees have a foundational understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ+) terminology and concepts, so we recommend attending our Introductory workshop before this one: Introduction to LGBTQ Identities and Concepts.

This workshop is open to all staff who interact with students, including classroom educators, aides, social workers, and administrators in pre-K-3-Grade 12 settings. The content will focus most on students in grades 6-12, as we offer a separate workshop focused on grades pre-K- Grades3-5: “Supporting LGBTQ Students at the Elementary Level”.

Supporting LGBTQ Students at the Elementary Level

 

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April 25, 3:30-5:30 pm
May 19, 10-12 pm
June 14, 3:30-5:30 pm

 

More and more students are coming out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ+) during the elementary grades, and it is crucial that educators begin promoting LGBTQ awareness and inclusion at this level. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), in collaboration with SMYAL, will host this 2-hour workshop will equip educators with a strong understanding of identity development in young children, language for talking about gender with colleagues and community members, and strategies for talking about gender with young kids. We will also provide specific media suggestions and activity ideas for discussing LGBTQ identities with students and normalizing gender diversity in the classroom.

This workshop is open to all staff who interact with students in pre-K-Grades 5 settings, including classroom educators, aides, social workers, and administrators. We recommend attending SMYAL’s introductory training before this one, as a foundational knowledge in LGBTQ identities and concepts will be helpful.