Gender Diversity in Children & Youth: Inclusive & Affirming Care

10/27/2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Grade levels: All Grade Levels

Content areas: School Counseling

Topics: Gender Diversity, children, youth

This workshop for educators, school counselors, volunteers and other school personnel will focus on how we can work toward creating inclusive and affirming classroom and school environments for gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender students in K-12 schools. Workshop content will be informed by presenter Jenn Burleton’s more than 10 years of gender diversity-specific interaction with students and schools.

Content will include specific guidance on discussing gender identity and expression with elementary school students, how to best explain gender transition to students and parents, and the use of non-binary inclusive teaching tools for biology, history, and diversity curriculums.

The workshop will also includes guidance on implementing legally required policies, and navigating situations in which transgender, queer and gender diverse students are “out” at school, but not “out” in their home and residential environments.

By the end of the workshop, attendees will be better prepared to:

Differentiate aspects of gender and sexual diversity – identity/expression/sexual orientation
Model inclusive language, support for gender diverse students and how to address gender-based bullying
Engage parents & caregivers in discussion about a student’s gender diversity
Assess curriculum, lesson plans and classroom activities for gender inclusivity
Differentiate fact-based information and guidance from those driven by intolerant ideology
Understand age-related developmental challenges that transgender students face