Laurie Bechhofer

Laurie Bechhofer has been with the Michigan Department of Education for more than 25 years. In the HIV and sex education arena, she supports the nearly 900 school districts in Michigan to implement policies, programs and practices aligned with student needs, community norms, the law, and research and best practice. She is the director of the MDE LGBTQ+ Students Project, which builds the capacity of Michigan schools to impact the health, wellbeing, and educational outcomes of LGBTQ students. Her passions include building relationships, connecting people and resources, using data to drive policies and programs, and creating more equitable and just schools and communities where young people can thrive. She is a fellow of the American School Health Association, a recipient of the Children’s Health Award from the Michigan School Health Coordinators Association, and member of the National Health Education Standards Task Force.


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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