Upcoming HGSE Event

April 21, 2009 at 8:01 pm Leave a comment

(Copied directly from the email I just received)

From The Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexual Identity Development in the K-12 Setting

Sponsored by QueerEd (Harvard Graduate School of Education LGBTQ organization) and the Office of Student Affairs at HGSE

Do you have questions about how to address issues of gender and sexuality in the classroom? In schools? In districts? How do you respond when first graders start a debate about “boy” colors and “girl” colors? What happens when 3rd graders start using “that’s so gay” as a put-down? How do you help your gender variant 5th grader navigate the complex social world in school? Gender Identity and Sexual Identity are aspects of everyday life in K-12 schools, whether these issues are part of the formal curriculum or not. School age children develop their own personal identities- and learn about culturally sanctioned identities- all the time. By middle school and beyond, the stakes get higher.  According to the 2007 GLSEN National School Climate Survey, 86% of LGBT students reported being verbally harassed, 44% reported being physically harassed and 22% reported being physically assaulted at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation or gender expression. LGBT students are at risk; students who are perceived to be LGBT are at risk. And all students, regardless of their identity, need accurate information and appropriate guidance regarding these issues.  On April 9, 2009, an 11- year-old 6th grade boy who attended a charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts hanged himself after enduring chronic bullying from classmates, including daily taunts of being gay. This kind of tragedy can be prevented.

QueerEd and the Office of Student Affairs are sponsoring a workshop dedicated to starting the dialogue about LGBT issues in K-12 classrooms, featuring clips from the the award-winning documentary,
It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School.  (http://groundspark.org/)  The workshop will be facilitated by Jennifer Bryan, Ph.D.  Dr. Bryan is a psychologist and consultant who specializes in helping
educators consider gender and sexuality, as these issues relate to K-12 school life. (www.jenniferbryanphd.com)  We encourage educators with all backgrounds, identities, and experiences to bring their questions and join us for this important and interactive learning opportunity.

RSVP (not necessary) on Facebook

Light refreshments will be provided starting at 7:00 p.m.

When: Thursday, April 30, 7:15- 9:00 p.m.

Where: Larsen G08 (Harvard Graduate School of Education campus, 14
Appian Way, Cambridge)

Although I’ve seen It’s Elementary several times already, I’m excited about the workshop. Will I see any of you there?

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