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Workshop: Gender-Sexuality Professional Alliance Group (Bay Area)


Session 1

Date: October 17, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Session 2

Date: December 5, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Session 3

Date: February 6, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Session 4

Date: March 20, 2018
Time: 9:00-12:00
Where: Head-Royce School (map)

Fee: Early-bird $1100 Members; ($1800 Non-members)


Gender-Sexuality Professional Alliance Group (Bay Area)

Early-bird (before Sept 1): $1100 Members
Regular (Sept 2 – Oct 3): $1200 Members
Late (after Oct 4): $1250 Members

This working group of LGBTQ+* professionals will provide a unique opportunity for educators to connect in a confidential, respectful, and relaxed atmosphere. The ultimate goal is to develop a network of LGBTQ+ educators which continues well beyond our four meetings.

Each meeting will provide time for participants to share stories, ask questions, celebrate successes and identify strategies to addresses any challenges or concerns presented. In addition, we will explore a particular theme which will help guide and build upon your school’s capacity to understand and celebrate students, staff, and families of all genders and sexualities.

The specific themes covered will reflect the common interests and needs of the participants and naturally evolve over the course of the year. Possible themes may include:  

  • Coming out and being out in the workplace
  • Supporting LGBTQ+ students and related social justice clubs
  • Working with families that hold a wide range of beliefs and perspectives
  • Identifying and problem-solving common questions and concerns
  • Incorporating historical and current event gender and sexuality lessons in class discussions
  • Building an LGBTQ+ inclusive school library
  • Reviewing resources within the community and beyond

* LGBTQ+ is a term that embraces a wide range of sexualities and genders including, but not limited to, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer.  

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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.
Brian Barish

Brian Barish

Brian Barish is currently the Middle School Assistant Head at Head-Royce School. He is entering his ninth year as a science teacher and is dedicated to holistic learning and a social justice curriculum, seeking to create relevant lessons with sprinkles of pop-culture references. Brian helps organize and facilitate the National Day of Silence and various diversity initiatives on campus. A firm believer in experiential education, he most recently collaborated with peers in the creation of a day-long election simulation and experiential learning opportunity that engaged the middle school community with thought-provoking questions and activities regarding equity, democracy and voting rights.
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