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Workshop: Creating Gender Inclusive Schools (Bay Area)



Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 9:00-2:30
Where: Sonoma Academy (map)

Fee: $275 members; ($425 non-members)


Creating Gender Inclusive Schools (Bay Area)

Participants who attend this workshop will work together to explore the dynamic topic of gender and creating gender inclusive schools. The day is designed to address and debate the most frequently asked questions and concerns about this quickly expanding subject. Using real case studies to guide our discussion, educators will increase their individual capacity to help their classrooms and schools embrace a wide range of genders, gender identities, and expressions. Ample time will be provided to reflect, ask questions, and share both personal and professional insights.

This professional development will include:

  • An overview of the different elements of gender
  • How gender inclusive schools positively impacts each member of the community, regardless of gender identity or expression
  • Concrete strategies that may be implemented immediately and over time
  • Best practice to support students, teachers and families who are transgender, gender expansive, and/or transitioning
  • Resource and book recommendations for adults and students of all ages

Intended Audience: K-12 teachers, administrators, counsellors and coaches

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Olivia Higgins

Olivia Higgins

Olivia Higgins is the founder of Queerly Elementary. Since 2001, she has worked with individual schools and school districts, including Oakland, Alameda, and San Francisco Unified, to increase their capacity to better understand and embrace people of all genders and sexualities. Her advocacy for queer friendly schools began when she was an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major at Temple University. Despite heavy resistance from both students and professors, she successfully initiated a petition to update the core curriculum to include LGBTQ topics. Olivia and her wife are raising their two children in Alameda.
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