Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Creating a Safe and Supportive Environment: Supporting LGBTQ+ Students in K-12 Schools

February 28, 2022 | 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm

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Speakers: John Crocker, M.Ed., Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools, Zachary Kerr, LCSW

Webinar Description
We all want to support our LGBTQ+ students but what exactly does a supportive and welcoming school environment look like?  In this training, we will explore the fundamental skills and attributes needed to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students in our schools.

About the Speakers
John Crocker, M.Ed.,has worked in public education for a decade, primarily as the administrator for the Methuen Public Schools Guidance Department. He has overseen the planning and implementation of the “Mental Health Initiative,” which has focused on the establishment of a comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS) in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH). He was recently appointed to the role of Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, a position charged with overseeing the district-wide implementation and evaluation of Methuen’s comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

Zachary Kerr, LCSW, an alum of Methuen Public Schools has had many years of experience providing training and education around supporting LGBTQ youth in a variety of settings. Zachary has served for several years as a consultant for organizations such as the DESE Safe schools program for LGBTQ+ students, GLSEN Massachusetts, and Greater Boston PFLAG. Kerr has also worked in settings that provided intensive community-based services focusing on serving LGBTQ youth of color as well as providing therapeutic treatment to young people experiencing significant social and emotional difficulties. Zachary continues to frequently provide training and support in educational as well as residential settings on best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ young people and their families.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about participating in the webinar.

Slides available here.

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth will not be issuing PDPs/CEUs for this program.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
If you are unable to attend any MPY event after registering, you must cancel online at least 72 hours prior to event. For assistance email

Zachary Kerr, LCSW

Zachary Kerr, LCSW

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