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SC/SW Network - Learning in the Rainbow: Legal and best practices for educational equity -Virtual
Thursday, May 12, 2022
Topic: Behavior & Climate
Sponsored by: ESC-CC
Presenter(s): Dr. Erich Merkle, Ph.D., Ed.S., NCSP -School Psychologist, Pupil Adjustment Program, Office of Special Education, Akron Public Schools
Learning in the Rainbow: Legal and best-practices for ensuring educational equity across gender & sexually diverse students
Presenter:  Dr. Erich Merkle 

Gender and sexually diverse students continue to experience a complex educational landscape. Sociopolitical influences oftentimes run contrary to evidence-based practices, resulting in diminished academic and social emotional success within the educational environment. Advancing legal and cultural incursions on the rights of LGBTQ+ students further complicate these dynamics, despite significant gains across some elements of case and statute. This presentation will update attendees on ongoing best practice recommendations to ensure the public educational community continues to promote diversity, equity, and inclusive practices to meet the needs of students who are gender and sexually diverse. In addition, review of relevant updates to statutes across Title IX, recent Supreme Court decisions, and Ohio specific case law and proposed legislation will be reviewed.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain substantive national supportive and adversarial statutory legislation affecting LGBTQ+ students in the past three years and their impact on educational equity within the PreK-12 environment.
  2. Identify at least 3 key elements of the Bostock Supreme Court decision that impact various non-discrimination statues within education, particularly Title IX, and prohibition of sex and gender-based discrimination for LGBTQ+ students that will usher in new legal protections onward.
  3. Demarcate universal, targeted, and intensive tier, evidence-based supports that behavioral health providers can provide within the PreK-12 educational arena towards advancing the civil rights and comprehensive supports of LGBTQ+ students.

Audience:   Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Administrators, Principals, Superintendents, and other interested educators
This event is open to the public.
Location:   Virtual
Registration Time:  
Program Time:   12:00 PM and ending at 2:30 PM
Program Cost:   None 
Make Check or PO Payable to:   N/A
Registration Deadline:   5/10/2022
To Register:  
PD Contact Hours:   2.5 
Graduate Credit:  
Special Notes:  
Please make sure your email is correct when registering.    You will receive an email the day before with the zoom link.
For Information Call:   Mary Pramik
[email protected]
Program Flyer:  
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