Sonoma County Office of Education

Welcoming Schools - Train the Trainer

SCOE is excited to offer an opportunity for Sonoma County educators to become trained facilitators for the Welcoming Schools professional development program. HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools is the most comprehensive, bias-based bullying prevention program in the nation. The program uses an intersectional, anti-racist lens dedicated to actionable policies and practices. The focus is on uplifting school communities with critical tools to embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ+ and gender inclusive schools, prevent bias-based bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students. Facilitators trained through SCOE will be accepted by application, and will be expected to provide professional development modules to sites and districts across the county. 

  • Facilitator applications will be considered on a rolling basis, please submit applications as soon as possible for priority consideration, as there is limited capacity for this training
  • Interested facilitators must have some background and familiarity in working with and advocating for the LGBTQ+ Community
  • We strongly encourage both classified and certificated staff who are members of the LGBTQ+ community and BIPOC folks to apply as we are hoping to have a cohort of facilitators that reflects the diversity of Sonoma County students and families.
  • Stipends are available for facilitators working outside their contracted work hours


  • Participation at all 5 full day training sessions is required
  • Attendance at monthly support meetings with Welcoming Schools and SCOE staff
  • 3 year commitment to provide up to 6, 2-hour training modules each year, as well as ongoing support and consultation for districts and sites that are participating
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel to other districts and sites to provide trainings for up to 60 participants per session


Schedule for the 5 day commitment:

All sessions include 45 min lunch plus breaks

May 2: Virtual, 8:30am - 3:30pm

May 8-10: In person, 9:00am - 4:00pm, Lunch will be provided.

May 15: Virtual, 8:30am - 3:30pm


Deadline for applications is Friday, March 29th

When See schedule above
Varies - by day

5760 Skylane Blvd, Suite 100, Windsor, CA 95492


Human Rights Campaign

Welcoming Schools

Mark Niemann, Program Coordinator

Caitlin Casey, Mental Health Counseling Specialist

Diann Kitamura, Deputy Superintendent

Amanda Welter, Director

Cost Free

Certificated and Classified Staff, Administrators, Teachers, Counselors, Paraprofessionals, Retired Educators

Registration closes 03/29/2024
Registration Eduardo Valencia, (707) 522-3287,
Questions Caitlin Casey, 530-276-8158,

Online Registration is not available.