Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist: Timothy Bellavia
Timothy Bellavia is an artist, educator and published author. He recently was awarded the "Outstanding Educator of the Year" at the Harvard Club of New York, is an Assistant Professor within the Graduate School of Education at Touro College and University System in New York City and a Flushing Town Hall Space Grant Awardee.
Dignity for All Students
Professional Development LGBT Workshop
“New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act or The Dignity Act seeks to provide the state’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.” Flushing Town Hall Teaching Artist Timothy Bellavia will lead this workshop using The Dignity Act as an anchor for working with LGBT students, as he focuses on identity politics specifically with the LGBT community. Participants will begin the PD with an anonymous baseline survey to explore their knowledge of the LGBT history, community and rights. Timothy will introduce The Dignity Act, illustrate examples of micro-aggressions (Pierce 1970), and draw on his own history of positive and negative experiences in the classroom. Educators are invited to share their own experiences with LGBT students in a break-out session. Afterwards Timothy introduces his “We Are All The Same Inside ® Sage doll-making” workshop as a tool to teach tolerance that leads to acceptance Educators are then invited to create their own doll based on a leader of the LGBT community which illustrates that despite our differences, we can celebrate our common humanity. This workshop is aligned with the Common Core Learning Standards and can be replicated in any classroom.