Shifting the Landscape: Gender Inclusive Health Education

Professional Development


Young people need and deserve health education that is inclusive of their experiences and identities. Far too often, LGBTQ+ youth are provided learning opportunities that fail to shine a light on what their lives actually look like. Often in sex / health education, this absence is even more deeply felt. In a national survey by GLSEN, it was found that fewer than 5% of LGBTQ+ students had health classes that included LGBTQ+ related topics in a positive manner. 12% of students shared that sex education classes failed to cover more than just heterosexual relationships. This workshop will provide a space for health educators to explore gender inclusive curriculum, get support in creating lesson plans of their own, and gain a stronger foundation to talk about gender inclusive / expansive spaces for their students and larger community.

Participants will:

  • incr​ease basic knowledge, language, and terminology of LGBTQ+ ident​ities and experiences
  • create an intentional learning community of educators to support one another in implementation of new curriculum
  • review examples of gender inclusive content/curriculum
  • identify best practices for health educators to support all students through inclusive curriculum
  • learn how teachers can become advocates for gender inclusive sex education in their communities
  • increase knowledge about national, state-wide, and local resources to support gender inclusive curriculum

Audience and Grade Level

Administrators, Community Members, Paraprofessionals, Specialists and Teachers; Grades K - 12


Certificate of Attendance, 6 hours


Future training dates will be announced here. If you have questions or are interested in offering this training on-site, please contact us.


  • thumbnail image of James Shultis

    James is a community educator and writer. With a long history of working in non-profits, James has combined their passion of education and advocacy to create innovative programs for K-12 schools, universities, and a wide array of agencies (from hospitals to homeless shelters).


A maximum class size is set for each course and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If the number of registrations for a course exceeds the maximum seats available or is too low to be able to conduct a quality learning experience, CES will inform you of available options.

Course Cancellation

If you wish to cancel your registration, please submit a request in writing (via mail, email or fax) no later than 7 business days before the workshop’s start date. After that, there are no refunds or billing adjustments.

In the event that a course is cancelled by the Collaborative for Educational Services, we will notify you as soon as possible. Please be sure to provide your best email address and phone number so we can contact you. Although every effort is made to avoid last minute cancellations, if an emergency arises, we will do our best to reach you at the phone number and email address you provide. 

Inclement Weather

Any delays or cancellations are posted online at You may also call 413.588.5979 after 6:30am for information about classes that day. Or for Early Childhood Professional Development information, please call 413.588.5570.