In a culturally relevant culture, all parts of students’ identities should be valued and seen. Join 2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year Owen Bondono to explore why and how we can support our LGBTQ+ students in the classroom and beyond.
Articulate why LGBTQ+ students need increased classroom support
Identify what a supportive school looks like
Commit to at least one action that will support LGBTQ+ students
Apply the cycle of continuous improvement to allyship work
Presenter: Owen Bondono (pronouns: he/they) teaches 9th grade ELA at Oak Park High School in Oak Park, Michigan. He is the 2020-2021 Michigan Teacher of the Year. As an educator, his goal is growing students as empathetic critical thinkers and communicators in a space where they are safe and empowered. Owen is focused on bringing anti-racist and queer-affirming practices into the classroom and believes that advocacy drives all good teaching practices. In his spare time, Owen is a writer, the Detroit Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month, and a Dungeons and Dragons player.
Time: 45 Minutes