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Creating inclusive and safe spaces for students and educators: The power of standing up

Presenters: Tracey McClain, Marissa Rathbone, Michele Shannon, & Nadine Smith

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This webinar will focus on the key resources, strategies, and ideas at the school and system levels for creating and sustaining inclusive and safe spaces for LGBTQ students and educators so that all students are respected and experience success. Participants will: Understand the value and importance of creating and sustaining inclusive and safe spaces for LGBTQ students and educators; Learn about specific strategies at the school, system, and policy levels that promote inclusive and safe spaces for all; and Share questions and feedback among a community of learners.

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Presenters
Lifetime Wellness and Physical Education Teacher at Metro Nashville Public Schools | + posts

Tracey McClain has 24 years of teaching experience in Lifetime Wellness and Physical Education and is currently in her 25th year of teaching in Metro-Nashville Public Schools. She has served on the leadership team for Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School for over 10 years. She has presented several times at the Tennessee Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Convention and also at school district-level professional development. McClain is the current Hume-Fogg Gender Sexuality Alliance sponsor and has served in this capacity for the last three school years.

Director of Strategic Advocacy at Washington State School Directors’ Association | + posts

Marissa Rathbone currently serves the 1,477 locally-elected school board members as the director of advocacy with the Washington State School Directors’ Association. Her background is in health policy promotion, organizational management, and program implementation. With the heart of a health educator, supporting young people disproportionately underserved in schools and communities is her greatest passion. In addition to her work, she has served young people and adults in this way as the president of Pizza Klatch and currently as the president of Palmer Scholars and the Washington State ASCD.

National Designer and Facilitator at The Leadership Academy | + posts

Michele Shannon is currently the national designer and facilitator at The Leadership Academy. She has a wide range of experiences as a classroom teacher, school social worker, school administrator, and district leader that inform the way she consults and supports school and district leaders across the country. Shannon had the great fortune of working at four incredibly progressive schools in the early part of her career and the foundational concepts put forth by Dewey and Freire still drive her approach to teaching, learning, and leadership development. She leverages her experience as a research practitioner in the Fresh Start for Families Program to collaboratively design and facilitate participant-centered program development.

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Equality Florida | + posts

Nadine Smith is the co-founder and CEO of Equality Florida, the state's largest organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. She currently serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Florida Advisory Committee. Smith served on the founding board of the International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organization, which celebrates 30 years in 2014, and served on President Obama's National Finance Committee. In 2013, Smith was named one of the state's "Most Powerful and Influential Women" by the Florida Diversity Council. She was also given the League of Women Voter's Woman of Distinction Award earlier this year (2022).

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