Helping LGBTQ+ Folx Thrive in Education Spaces

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Listen and learn : Panel

Gabrielle Burnett  
Geoffrey Carlisle  
Nancy Jo Lambert  
Sam Long  
Marcus Stein  
Kimberly Wright  

LGBTQ+ students and educators need safe spaces, but more than that we need spaces and opportunities to thrive. In this session, educators will receive resources to learn about LGBTQ+ identities. Educators will get information to help LGBTQ+ folx feel seen and valued through resources for curriculum and more!

Audience: Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Windows, Android
Topic: Equity and inclusion
Grade level: 6-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Connected Learner
  • Develop the skills needed to lead and navigate change, advance systems and promote a mindset of continuous improvement for how technology can improve learning.
For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

LBGTQ+ student rights are under attack in many states in the U.S. right now and in countries across the globe. Educators are either not trained at all or given very little preparation to work with and understand students of all gender identities, gender expressions, and sexual orientations.

This session will help all educators learn about and understand how to affirm LGBTQ+ student identities and provide safe learning environments where they can also thrive.

In turn, this education and resources will also help LGBTQ+ educators and help allies with concrete action to support their colleagues and students.


Panel Introduction- 10 minutes

Moderator Q&A of Panelists- 40 minutes

Audience Q&A and resource share- 20 minutes

Supporting research


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Gabrielle Burnett, Spelman

Hi, my name is Gabrielle and I go by she/ her and they/ them pronouns. I spend my time building up the LGBT+ communities within the schools I attend through clubs and organizations. All while providing a safe space for everyone to be themselves.

Geoffrey Carlisle, KIPP Austin College Prep

Geoffrey has taught middle school science for 12 years, 10 of which at KIPP Austin College Prep. He is passionate about curriculum development, STEM pedagogy, and facilitating professional development. He is an avid advocate for issues in education, and actively volunteers with Equality Texas and the Transgender Education Network of Texas on matters of policy impacting LGBTQIA+ people in schools. and is currently pursuing his Master's at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Check him out at @mr.sciencepants on Instagram, or @Geoff_Carlisle on Twitter!

Nancy Jo Lambert, High School

Nancy Jo Lambert is a teacher librarian and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She advocates for libraries by sharing the story of the learning that happens in her library. Lambert has been published in a number of professional journals, and was named the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Library Media Specialist of the Year and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Social Media Superstar Curriculum Champion in 2019. She’s the co-founder of #TeachPride and a #FReadom organizer.

Sam Long, School
Marcus Stein

Marcus Derrell Stein, M.Ed., is the Teacher Success Champion at Kami. He’s passionate about personalizing teacher professional development by embedding humor and joy into instruction. After earning his bachelor's degree in English education from McNeese State University in 2008, Stein worked as a Secondary English teacher. With a talent for edtech integration, Stein started his teacher leadership career by working as a technology professional learning community leader and then a districtwide Promethean Board trainer. After teaching, he worked as a Promethean consultant with AXI Education Solutions He also earned his master’s in educational technology leadership from Nicholls State University.

Kimberly Wright, El Paso, Texas

Kimberly is an Instructional Design Manager and global keynote speaker. She is a former Science teacher and Instructional coach. She has spent most of her career coaching educators and admin in STEM implementation throughout Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. She believes that learning and curriculum should be engaging while affirming student identity. Kimberly is an advocate and mentor for girls in STEM and LGBTQIA+ students.

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