Navigate Gender and Sexuality Diversity, Pre-K - Grade 12:
Frameworks, Values and Practice
A Workshop with Jennifer Bryan
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Tenacre Country Day School, Wellesley, MA
8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Presented and Facilitated by Jennifer Bryan
- Arrival, Registration, Networking and Breakfast: 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
- Welcome: 9:00 a.m.
- Morning Program: 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
- Networking Lunch: 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
- Working Sessions: 12:15 - 2:45 p.m.
- Reflections and Farewell: 2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
About This Workshop
As they learn and grow, children naturally adopt a range of identities, expressions and roles. Gender and sexuality are at the heart of these physical, social, emotional and cognitive developmental processes for all children, of all ages. As our 21st Century understanding of human diversity continues to expand (daily!), it’s challenging to keep up. Understandably, administrators and teachers have many questions: How do I talk to parents about their gender fluid child? What’s the best way to help second graders tackle gender role stereotyping? What should our health and sexuality education curriculum look like in 5th grade? Are 7th graders really ready to ‘declare’ their identities on instagram?! How can I teach grammar and at the same time, affirm gender neutral pronouns!?!
As our thinking about and understanding of gender and sexuality continue to expand in 2019, its important that teachers have concepts and language to engage with these essential aspects of human identity. Gender and sexuality stereotypes disrupt classrooms, recess, friendships, critical thinking, and school communities. To create a safe learning environment and work environment for all members of your community, you must address Gender and Sexuality Diversity.
This workshop will focus on (1) concepts and language for understanding how biological sex, gender and sexuality “work” in human beings, and (2) the role of school mission and pedagogical philosophy in determining best practices. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to explore critical questions about curriculum, practice, programs and policies. Whether you are an 2nd grade teacher, an after-school coordinator, the middle school division head, a basketball coach, school counselor or a dorm parent, this session is relevant to the work you do in your role at school every day.
About Our Speaker
Jennifer Bryan, PhD, earned her masters and doctorate in counseling psychology from
Teachers College, Columbia University, a BA in creative writing from Princeton
University and studied for a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a
Psychologist and consultant who specializes in helping schools and organizations create
inclusive communities by understanding and addressing gender and sexuality diversity.
Dr. Bryan is a frequent speaker at Education conferences nationwide, and she is currently
working on a second edition of her book From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom:
Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools. (Rowman and Littlefield,
Dr. Bryan began her career as an English teacher, coach and counselor at The Hotchkiss School. Over the years she has worked as a psychologist providing clinical and organizational consultation to a variety of schools, organizations and social service agencies. She has taught at Northfield Mount Hermon School, the Smith College School for Social Work and Teachers College, Columbia University.
She uses psychological and pedagogical frameworks, skilled group facilitation, and a
lively sense of humor to help administrators, teachers, staff, coaches, parents, trustees and students explore the complex terrain of gender and sexuality identity development. In addition she has expertise in leadership development, building dialogue skills for critical conversations, giving/receiving feedback and understanding group dynamics.
The humble parent of a teen and a young adult, Jennifer lives in western Massachusetts.