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Featured Topic: Gender & Sexuality Diversity

From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender & Sexuality Diversity in Schools with Featured Speaker Jennifer Bryan, PhD

Students are naturally curious about themselves and others, and exploring gender and sexuality is at the heart of this developmental process. This workshop will provide the concepts, language, and skills that will enable you and your staff to help students in Early Childhood – Secondary school navigate this critical area of individual identity development.

Our focus will be on examining concepts and language for understanding human identity development and for creating a developmentally appropriate practice in relation to gender and sexuality. Using a broad, contemporary framework for understanding gender and sexuality, and drawing from fundamental principles of Montessori education, presenter Jennifer Bryan will give you hands-on opportunities to explore critical questions about curriculum, practice, programs, and policies.

You will come away with:

  • A contemporary conceptual framework for understanding sex, gender, and sexuality.
  • A shared, accurate language for exploring and discussing gender and sexuality.
  • The ability to contextualize engaging with gender and sexuality as part of whole-child pedagogy.
  • An understanding of how to frame gender and sexuality as educational issues (versus political, religious, legal)
  • An ability to apply concepts and language to school-based practices
  • The satisfaction of embracing humility in the face of complexity!
Jennifer Bryan

Jennifer Bryan, PhD, is a teacher, psychologist, consultant, and author. Her book, From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK – 12 Schools, is a practical resource for educators who work with children and adolescents. Founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants (Northampton, MA), Jennifer works with school communities to help them understand and address the impact of gender and sexuality on every aspect of school life. Her work includes professional development programs for faculty, staff, and administrators and consultation on curriculum and policy development. In addition, Jennifer provides student programs and facilitates school parent and trustee education. Her work, which has impacted countless numbers of students, educators, and families, is informed by her belief that exploration of human identity leads to what matters most in schools: mission, values, curriculum, policy, people.

Jennifer has a PhD and an MA in Counseling Psychology, both from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a BA, in creating writing, from Princeton University. She studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education for a year as a Special Studies candidate. Jennifer is also the author of a children’s book, The Different Dragon. She lives in Northampton, MA, with her spouse and teenage children.

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