For Educators

Educator Professional Development 

What training does GLSEN Phoenix offer?

All GLSEN workshops are designed to be effective for adult learners. We combine our years of research and resources with school faculty and staff expertise to help participants learn the best ways to support their students.


GLSEN Phoenix currently offers six professional development trainings for educators:

  • Creating Safer Spaces: Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth in Schools

  • Inclusive Curriculum: Incorporating LGBTQ+ Topics in the Classroom

  • Ready Set Respect: Creating LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces in Elementary School

  • Expanding Understanding: Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive Students

  • Changing the Game: Creating Inclusive Spaces in Physical Education

  • GSA Development and Support: Creating and Sustaining Gender/Sexuality Alliances

For full descriptions, check out our 2021-2022 Training Catalogue.

School building double doors with POC Pride Flag on window that says "Safe Space for All."

How can I request a training?

Scheduling a GLSEN training is easy! Simply email with which trainings you're interested in and any initial questions you may have. Shortly thereafter, our training coordinator will be in touch to finalize details with you. GLSEN Phoenix PD facilitators are trained volunteers. In order to respect their time, we ask that you schedule your training as soon as you are able.

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Headshot of Carla Rivera-Cruz.

GLSEN started as an organization that wanted to promote safety and affirmation for students who identify as LGBTQ. But their resources, their philosophies, their core values, and the skills they’re equipping all educators with actually transcend that.

Carla Rivera-Cruz, Founder and CEO of EDpiphany

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Become A Trainer

Our PD trainings are led by our team of volunteer facilitators. All of our dedicated facilitators go through extensive training to ensure they bring knowledge, professionalism, and necessary information to your school. This extensive training starts with the TOT: the Training of Trainers. This weekend-long event serves as the entry point for GLSEN Phoenix volunteers who are interested in our PD program. It includes not only an extensive review of GLSEN research and training materials but also hands-on practice and application of those materials so that all trainers feel confident facilitating trainings for K-12 staff, teachers, and administrators on how to make their schools safe for LGBTQ+ students. If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please email

Room full of educators listening to a presentation from GLSEN Phoenix.
Students sitting in desks in a classroom facing away.

A safe and affirming school means having teachers who will support students, and not just support them in private because they have to in order to keep their job. It means having openly supportive teachers in the classroom, who are also able to teach about LGBTQ history, queer writers, Black and brown and Indigenous writers. It means being able to tell the story as it should be and as it actually is, instead of holding people back because of their identities.

Yaiza Van Horn, GLSEN Phoenix Co-Chair

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Other Educator Opportunities

Supportive Educators Facebook Group

Our GLSEN Phoenix GSA Advisors & Supportive Educators Facebook Group is a great space to connect with other affirming educators in the Geater Phoenix-area and continue getting resources from GLSEN Phoenix.

Inclusive Curriculum

If you want to learn how to create more inclusive lesson plans, check out the GLSEN guide: Developing LGBTQ+-Inclusive Classroom Resources. And be sure to check out our extensive library of lesson plans and activities for your classroom.

Four educators in front of GLSEN Phoenix step-and-repeat at 2018 Back2School Summit.