Kim Phillips-Knope

Kim Phillips-Knope, MSW, serves as the Project Lead for the Michigan Department of Education’s LGBTQ+ Students Project. In this role, she seeks to inspire, empower, and equip schools to provide equitable, meaningful, and high-quality educational experiences to LGBTQ+ students, their families, and the educators who serve them. She has over twenty years of experience working with young people, as an educator in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, within community-based organizations, and as an athletics coach. As a consultant for state and local governments, Kim has facilitated workshops for, and collaborated with, schools throughout Michigan and the United States, supporting their efforts to create exceptional learning environments for all students, especially those who identify as LGBTQ+.


Day 2
January 19, 2023
3:15 pm

All Means All: Staying Above the Fray and Supporting LGBTQ Students

19 January
Time:  3:15 pm - 4:30 pm
Location:  Great Lakes IV (Lower Level)

All of our students are our students. All of them deserve safe, welcoming, and supportive learning environments. This session will cover how to support our LGBTQ students while also dealing with pressure to treat LGBTQ kids differently. From knowing what to do when a student desires to no longer be called by their 'dead' name to restroom access, schools and school leaders must find ways to navigate needs and rights of LGBTQ kids while facing sometimes harsh and unfair scrutiny from outside school walls.

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