Plymouth State University’s Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation Announces Partnership with Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network of New Hampshire

Affirming Plymouth State University’s (PSU) continuing evolution as a leader in educator training, and its vision to support culturally-sustaining educational learners, leaders and activists, PSU’s Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation recently announced a partnership with the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Educator Network (GLSEN) of New Hampshire. The partnership is one of several already forged by the Holmes Center this year, and will provide GLSEN with dedicated space and resources for educator training and development, and other chapter events.

GLSEN New Hampshire works to ensure that New Hampshire’s K-12 schools are safe for all children, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. GLSEN New Hampshire is one of 30 chapters of the national GLSEN network and is run entirely by volunteers.

The Holmes Center’s goal is to optimize resources based on evidence of sustaining impact on the lives of children and youth around persistent educational problems and dilemmas. The Center forges professional development school (PDS) partnerships with New Hampshire schools that support co-teaching between PSU teaching interns and experienced mentor teachers that lead to PreK-12 teacher certification in New Hampshire.

“GLSEN’s mission to educate and support school communities in an effort to eliminate bullying and foster learning environments that are supportive of all students meshes beautifully with the mission of the Holmes Center,” said Mary Earick, Holmes Center Director. “We are honored to partner with GLSEN New Hampshire, and to bring its important programming to our PDS partners and educators throughout the state to help them become ‘Safe Spaces’ for all students.”

GLSEN New Hampshire will host a summer ‘Educator Magnet Training’ workshop at Plymouth State University on Tuesday, July 10. The session will provide information on current issues concerning LGBTQ+ students; bullying and its impact on mental health and learning, and tactics to stop bullying in the classroom; and guidelines and tools for creating a ‘Safe Space.’

“GLSEN offers a critically needed voice to LGBTQ students in our schools, and resources to our educators in those schools,” said Earick. “The Holmes Center will be working with GLSEN to engage local schools and school districts in this important work.”

To learn more about GLSEN New Hampshire and the upcoming summer educator workshop, visitwww.glsen.org/chapters/newhampshire/ourchapter.

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