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ERIC Number: EJ920925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1936-1653
The Reduction of Stigma in Schools: A New Professional Development Model for Empowering Educators to Support LGBTQ Students
Payne, Elizabethe C.; Smith, Melissa
Journal of LGBT Youth, v8 n2 p174-200 2011
This article describes the rationale and design of The Reduction of Stigma in Schools--an innovative professional development program that aims to empower educators to create supportive learning environments for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) students. Part of a larger evaluation study, the authors illustrate how the core design components are visible in participants' experiences with the program itself and with working to create supportive environments for their students. Key design elements, such as the educator-to-educator program delivery, research based workshop content, and basing the program in a university school of education, were reported by participants to increase the perceived relevance of LGBTQ issues for their professional practice. The article concludes with reflection on those design elements which are effective, plans for expanding the model, and recommendations for actions educators can take to support LGBTQ youth. (Contains 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A