Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 (LA)
Students naturally adopt a range of identities, expressions and roles as they grow physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. Exploring gender and sexuality is at the heart of this developmental process for children and adolescents of all ages. As our 21st Century understanding of human diversity expands, PreK-12 educators must be able to engage with issues related to gender and sexuality intentionally, competently and confidently.
This workshop will focus on: (1) defining sex, gender and sexuality (harder than it sounds!) and (2) understanding the role these issues play in day-to-day school life. If you are a first grade teacher helping students negotiate the dress-up corner, a middle school P.E. teacher wrestling with gender role stereotypes in sports, or a high school curriculum coordinator trying to create opportunities for students to think critically about gender and sexuality, this session will support your efforts. We will work with a contemporary framework for understanding gender and sexuality development and explore the language, concepts, and skills needed to work with all PreK-12 students.
This will be a lively, interactive session. Bring your curiosity, humility, sense of humor and resources to share.