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Making Schools Safe: Twentieth Anniversary Program
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When: 02/02/2018
8:30 am to 2:30 pm
Where: Roland Park Country School
5204 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland  21210
United States

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Twenty years ago, Sarah Donnelly, AIMS Executive Director, and Ron Goldblatt, AIMS Board Chair, initiated conversations about a professional development program that would support faculty and administrators in responding to sexual orientation and gender expression diversity in our independent schools. At the time, there was very little conversation about these topics within our faculties, administrative teams, and boards of trustees. It took courage and foresight for the leaders of AIMS to begin to address these topics in a sustained way, to form a planning committee, and to initiate sustained, annual professional development programs on LGBTQ topics. Since those first efforts twenty years ago, the Making Schools Safe program has expanded to include students as well as adult professionals, and it has helped our schools to engage in challenging and rewarding conversations that have enriched our school programs in a variety of important ways. Several of the founding committee members continue to be involved in this work, and many more have joined.

This year, we celebrate this twentieth anniversary with a program on the theme “Where Have We Been, and Where Are We Going?” Our program on February 2, 2018, at Roland Park Country School, will bring together several of the original founders and committee members, along with current administrators, school parents, and students. Twenty years ago, our first keynote speaker was Kevin Jennings, Founder of GLSEN, and this year, our closing keynote speaker will be Jabari Lyles, Chairperson and Education Manager for GLSEN Baltimore. We hope you will be able to join us for this inspiring anniversary program.
This event will focus on gender and sexuality diversity in independent schools and the need for schools to continue to make progress in providing safety and equity for all students, faculty, and staff. Participation by students, school administrators, including Division Directors and School Heads is strongly encouraged. Participants will also have time to interact formally and informally, in break-out groups, and over lunch.  Lunch is included.
Program applicable Grades: K-12 Teachers; Middle and Upper School Students.


AIMS members and Students: $45 (through January 24th); $55 (after January 24th)


Students will need to be registered by an AIMS member.


Schools will be invoiced for all registrants after the event. 


Please note that there will be no refunds  for cancellations after January 24th. 

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