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Genders & Sexualities Alliance/Gay-Straight Alliance: The Official GSA Teen Club

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Dr. Kai Kafferly, PhD
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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(506)
This is a twice weekly social & support GSA for both homeschool & after-school teens led by student officers. Teens meet & connect with other LGBTQ+ teens & allies. In this safe space we learn & talk about various issues teens face, have social time & alot of fun!

Class experience

US Grade 9 - 12
Beginner - Advanced Level
This class is taught in English.
I have taught LGBTQ Studies, History, and Culture in brick and mortar schools as well as on online school for many years. I have also been an advisor to a GSA group before too. I have seen first hand how this club helps LGBTQ and Straight students form bonds, transform shy people to more confident people, and create an accepting, good understanding, and loving climate with one another while championing a common cause: education and advocacy. I have also received training as a GSA Advisor from the national GSA Network.

I am active in the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Florida, and teach an LGBTQ course here on Outschool. I am also a member of the LGBTQ Community myself. As a Social Studies teacher for a few decades, I realize just how important it is to not only talk about LGBTQ issues but also study, interpret, and understand them. I have a bachelor's in Social Sciences, a Master's in Education with Curriculum Development, and a Doctorate in Philosophy.
We deeply value our straight allies and embrace them with open arms. However, we request that teen allies be "strong allies," meaning they are well-informed, caring, and fully accepting of the LGBTQ+ community, to ensure a safe space.
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💰 Club Cost:

The $20 weekly fee for this GSA Club is allocated as $10.00 per live meeting (one hour). We gather for one hour on Mondays and one hour and fifteen minutes on Thursdays. In addition, there's the weekly classroom chat thread, ongoing planning, and responses to private messages. Please note that Outschool deducts a 30% fee for maintaining the platform. 🌟 The extra 15 minutes on Thursdays is provided as a complimentary bonus 😊! Sometimes, but not often, a club meeting may be shortened or canceled, which is a very rare occurrence, and I take the liberty of using some of those free, weekly 15 minutes combined from past meetings as make-up time for such events.

🚫 Recordings Are Not Shared:

To safeguard the identity and safety of our teen club members, I do not share the Outschool recordings of live meetings with anyone. Only the Outschool Trust & Safety department and I have access to these recordings. This practice aligns with each teacher's discretion on Outschool.

💟 Open Mind & Open Heart:

High school students joining this class should possess a level of maturity, an open mind, and a desire to learn. We cover a range of LGBTQ+ topics, including gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual expression, transgender issues, LGBTQ+ history, sexuality, politics, and more. Please be prepared for discussions on a wide array of topics, including some LIGHT adult language, as we explore & discuss LGBTQ+ modern times, and its impact on society.

🔄 Breakout Rooms:

After our main meetings, we use Zoom breakout rooms for a part of the "social time" of the club. These rooms allow students to socialize in smaller groups. I monitor each breakout room, rotating through them every one to two minutes to ensure Outschool and club rules are followed. The "Help" button is available in each breakout room for immediate teacher assistance. Please be aware that Zoom does not record breakout room sessions, and this is beyond the teacher's control.

🤗 Inclusive Space:

This class is open to all students regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or identity, as long as mutual respect is maintained. Hate speech is strictly prohibited, as this is a safe space for all.

I'm always open to comments, suggestions, and modifications during the course of the class. Feel free to have a conversation with your student and reach out to me through private direct messaging on Outschool. We can discuss your comments, concerns, and suggestions to best meet your student's needs.

⚠️ Special Note:

If a teen misses three consecutive live meetings, the Outschool platform will unenroll them automatically. Unfortunately, I have no control over this process. In such cases, you will need to enroll your student again as a new student, provided there's an available spot.

You can find more information about GSA using this link: https://gsanetwork.org/

💵 Refund Policy:

The pricing is weekly and charged every Sunday for the following week. For ongoing classes, the standard refund policy is as follows: "Cancel subscription at any point, no refund for past subscriptions. Payments can be refunded within 24 hours of purchase." To unsubscribe and avoid further charges, you must do so before the following Sunday. Please be aware that if a student misses three consecutive live meetings in a row, the Outschool system automatically withdraws them from the class. Unfortunately, I cannot guarantee their spot if this happens, as the teacher has no control over this subscription policy. Transfers and refunds are not available. Our weeks start on Thursdays and end on Wednesdays.

📝 Note:

This club requires a minimum of ten students to begin and continue through the ongoing subscription. If there are fewer than ten enrolled teens in the club at any time throughout this weekly ongoing class, it may need to be concluded earlier than the final meeting date, and no further charges will be applied.

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Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(506)
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Group Class

$21

weekly ($11 per class)
2x per week
75 min

Completed by 128 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 13-18
10-18 learners per class

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