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New Jersey public schools are now legally responsible for providing a LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum and teaching middle and high school students about the political, economic, and social contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. As a result, New Jersey teachers have a unique opportunity to explore gender and sexuality not only in history classes, but across the curriculum. 

Attendees please go to this link for day of workshop information:

Supporting LGBTQIA Students in the Classroom 

In this working lunch, we will cover best practices and practical strategies for creating an inclusive and supportive environment, including cultural competency, creating a culture of belonging, addressing triggers and bullying, operating within the culture of an institution, responding to censorship and book bans, designing inclusive and flexible curriculum, communicating with families, and community partnerships. We’ll address basic coregulation techniques to support students during triggers and difficult moments, and how to create an atmosphere of welcome and belonging so that all students feel safe and welcome. Expect to find tools and strategies, a variety of approaches covered, examples of partner organizations and resources for lessons, and some practical guides for implementing inclusion at every level of your teaching. We’ll make time for conversation about the challenges and bumps on the road, and will share resources for reflection and further learning.

Led by: Laura Neuman
Laura  is a writer and educator with a background in dance and somatics. Laura has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in literature and creative writing at The College of New Jersey since 2016, and previously taught creative writing and composition at Temple University, Community College of Philadelphia, and Highline Community College in Des Moines, Washington. She has published three collections of poetry, and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Bard College and a Masters in English (Creative Writing, Poetry) from Temple University. In 2018, Laura earned a first-year certificate from The Trauma Institute for the year one professional training in Somatic Experiencing, a somatic technique that fosters nervous system regulation.

Date: March 1, 2024
Time: 11am – 2pm
Location: TCNJ Ewing Campus

Registration and Payment Information

Standard Fee: $195.00 per person per workshop
PDSN member Fee: $175.00 per person per workshop
Includes lunch, parking, workshop materials, certificate of completion

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Purchase Order must be received 7 days prior to the date of your workshop
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Payable To: The College of New Jersey or TCNJ
Mail to: The College of New Jersey PO Box 7718 Ewing, NJ 08628-0718 Education – Room 108
You may email or fax purchase orders to, f. 609.637.5196. For any questions please contact George at or 609.771.2540