The Role of State Education Agencies in Building Better K-12 Learning Communities for All: A Discussion with Colt Gill, Director, Oregon Department of Education (ODE)
The National Safe Learning Partnership is pleased to present a fireside chat on nondiscrimination protections and inclusion of LGBTQ+ students between Melanie Willingham-Jaggers, Interim Executive Director of GLSEN, and Colt Gill, Director of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). This discussion will cover the work that the ODE has done to implement nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ students in Oregon, considerations about doing this work in the time of COVID-19 with unprecedented federal funding for public education, and how federal laws and regulatory guidance can support the State Education Agencies (SEAs) that are working to ensure liberated and liberating K-12 learning communities for all its students.
The fireside chat will be preceded by a brief overview of the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision and its application to K-12 education, GLSEN’s recommendations to State Education Agencies on nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ+ students, and GLSEN’s new report on states’ adherence to their Every Student Succeeds Act requirements.
The webinar will conclude with a moderated Q&A.