PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
Providing Successful Training for Students, Teachers and Parents
Track: Lead by Example
Workshop Block 5: Sunday, October 27 – 9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Room: 12th Street Room (Lobby Level)
In this workshop, we will discuss best practices on providing trainings to students, teachers and parents on LGBTQIA+ identities and issues in different school settings. At each school level (elementary, middle and high school), adults have different misconceptions and misunderstandings about what is appropriate and helpful to learn about. We will delve into these myths and walk away with tools for providing LGBTQIA+ education in school settings in meaningful, engaging and successful ways.
Sam Thomasson-Bless, PFLAG Greater Boston
Sam Thomasson-Bless (she/her/hers) has a bachelor’s degree from UNC Chapel Hill, where she double majored in English and Women & Gender Studies. Working with people with social differences, folks on the autism spectrum, immigrants, LGBTQ+ identified folks, youth and veterans, Sam has spent nine years as a curriculum writer, facilitator, and strategic relationship manager, working towards social justice in the fields of education, health, and employment. She joined PFLAG Greater Boston in 2018 as the Program Manager after moving to Waltham, MA from Berkeley, CA. In her free time, Sam likes to spend time with her wife, Athena, and cat, Irene, explore nature, take care of plants, and watch television.
Aspen Eberhardt, PFLAG Greater Boston
Prior to becoming Finance Manager at PFLAG Greater Boston, Aspen has spent two years as a dedicated intern and volunteer for the organization. Aspen has been a passionate LGBTQ educator and activist since college, helping establish LGBTQ programming, education, and inclusive policies for eir school. Ey is excited to continue working with PFLAG Greater Boston to help create safe and inclusive spaces for everyone. Outside of work, Aspen is a huge nerd and loves playing video games, reading comic books, going to conventions, and spoiling eir cat.