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MDE Winter/Spring 2024 MDE LGBTQ+ Students Project Workshops

LGBTQ+ students are still at disproportionate risk for persistent bullying, harassment, and victimization. In response to requests from school districts across Michigan, The MDE LGBTQ+ Students Project staff created a suite of online professional development workshops to build the capacity of schools to provide a safe, supportive, and inclusive culture and climate where all students can thrive. We are honored to partner with school districts and parents to make these highly requested workshops available to school staff for the 2023-24 school year.

There’s several workshops that are geared more towards classroom teachers, and the times for those workshops are from 3:30 – 5:30 pm so people don’t have to miss school and/or find a sub:

  • Here is the link to register for the classroom strategies workshop geared towards secondary teachers, tomorrow, February 13, from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.
  • Here is the link to register for the classroom strategies workshop geared towards elementary teachers, February 29, from 3:30 – 5:30 pm.

In this interactive workshop, we will explore day-to-day dealings educators have with their LGBTQ+ students and their non-LGBTQ+ peers in the classroom. We will also explore a variety of topics around LGBTQ+ student safety and inclusion in the classroom. Participants will leave with concrete strategies they can immediately implement in the classroom. This workshop is geared towards secondary teachers, but all are welcome. A foundational understanding of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression is recommended, but not required.

AFT Upcoming Webinars

Praxis Support Webinar

The AFT remains dedicated to serving our members throughout their careers. In response to a significant decline in the educator workforce, particularly post-pandemic, the AFT is collaborating with ETS to support AFT teacher members in their certification journeys.

Join the AFT and ETS for a test preparation online seminar with a preview to an upcoming Praxis support boot camp, a strategic program aimed at equipping AFT members with the tools needed to confidently prepare for Praxis exams. Register now.

AFT Briefing with Assistant Secretary for Career and Technical Education’s Dr. Amy Loyd on Perkins Program and Funding – Feb 27

In conjunction with Career and Technical Education Month, AFT President Randi Weingarten will host a webinar on the federal career and technical education program—also known as Perkins—with Dr. Amy Loyd, assistant secretary for the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) at the U.S. Department of Education. Join us Feb. 27 from 6 – 7 p.m. EST, to learn from Loyd and OCTAE staff about Perkins funding and rules, uses of the funds, and coordination with other federal programs. Register here.

Wellness Webinar Series

AFT Professional Learning and Share My Lesson have launched a new Wellness 2024 webinar series lasting through May. Each webinar in this series is a stand-alone professional development session; you can watch one or all and in any particular order that suits your needs. Check out upcoming webinars and read more about this series here.

TEACH-ify Webinar Series

Did you attend one of our first two sessions of the TEACH-ify webinars? If you missed the first two, register now for upcoming sessions of this new webinar series—TEACH-ify with AFT: Great Teaching Strategies! These sessions are held from 7 – 8 p.m. Eastern time, with live support until 8:30 p.m. to answer all your burning questions after the session concludes.

Teaching Strategy List of Topics:

  • March 14: Student Engagement
  • May 9: Using Questions to Teach and Learn

Register today for the next session!

Contribute to the AFT Michigan PAC Today

AFT Michigan fights for our members, students and communities all year round and we need your help. Can you donate $1 a week to aid us in this fight? Please visit the AFT Michigan website to contribute and make a big difference in protecting public education and building a better Michigan future! 

In solidarity,

Terrence Martin


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