The training component of the All Children-All Families initiative is Benchmark 5 in the 10 Benchmarks of LGBT Cultural Competency. Each module provides an interactive and dynamic training appropriate for a full spectrum of adult learners.
John is an Associate Professor of special education at Eastern Michigan University and specializes in school- and home-based interventions for youth with emotional-behavioral disabilities and special education services for youth in foster care.
John was formerly an elementary and middle school teacher, special education administrator, and elementary school principal in Nebraska. In these roles, he developed educational programs for Sudanese refugee students and youth who resided in foster care. Concurrent with his teaching and administrative duties, he was a member of the Douglas County (Omaha, NE) Foster Care Review Board and a CASA volunteer.
During his tenure at Eastern Michigan University, John has advocated for the special education rights of students in foster care, especially youth with emotional-behavioral disabilities. He has coordinated and collaborated with state workers, caseworkers, social workers, educators, and various state organizations involved in the educational plight of foster care populations and has published and presented his work in various venues. He currently serves on the board of directors for a regional youth homeless program.