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Supporting a Genders and Sexualities Alliance With Digital Tools

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 1

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Los Alamos Public Schools
While Melissa Goldman primarily teaches Latin, her schedule in any given year includes a wide range of subjects, including Special Education. She is a sponsor of the LAHS Genders and Sexualities Alliance and the district's Safe Space Coordinator.

Session description

During the pandemic, our LGBTQ+ students still needed a safe space. Even after the return to in-person schooling, our Genders and Sexualities Alliance (GSA) continued to use digital tools like Google Classroom and Discord to foster connection and communication. Hear about how we have set up spaces that are safe and confidential.

Purpose & objective

Provide a blueprint for using digital tools in a club setting with suggestions for how participants can adapt to their own situation. Identify potential challenges and important considerations to support students and maintain safety.

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Presentation to be cycled through during poster session:
Pandemic challenges and answers (3 minutes)
Post-pandemic tools
Google Classroom settings and uses (5 minutes)
Discord settings and uses (5 minutes)
New directions (2 minutes)

peer-to-peer interaction, question and answer

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Supporting research Best Practices for Gender and Sexuality Alliance Clubs

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Session specifications

Equity and inclusion
Grade level:
Skill level:
Library media specialists, Principals/head teachers, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Google Classroom and Discord will be demonstrated, but uses can be adapted to other platforms.
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Collaborate and co-learn with students to discover and use new digital resources and diagnose and troubleshoot technology issues.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.