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Friday, October 18 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Principles of Gender Inclusive Puberty and Health Education

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This session will provide a framework and tools to recognize and affirm the gender diversity of all students in health and sex education, with a focus on puberty and reproductive health. Adolescent and sexual health instruction frequently confronts a seeming paradox: provide a program that speaks to the needs of the vast majority of students, or account for the experiences of LGBT students and face inevitable backlash from myriad stakeholders. Fear of the latter causes many schools to shy away from meeting the unique needs of these vulnerable students. The framework offered in this workshop offers a simple and straightforward approach that allows educators to simultaneously address the needs of their cisgender and heterosexual students while also ensuring that their gender- and sexual-minority students see their own experiences and questions reflected in the program of instruction. While multiple curricula exist that speak to the specific needs of LGBT students, educators seeking to be truly inclusive by implementing them face the prospect of resistance from colleagues, community, and caregivers who accuse them of "operating from an agenda." This workshop represents an innovate "third road" for navigating this frequently encountered challenge, enabling educators to balance the tension created by this dynamic. It will provide concrete language for making the case for gender-inclusive instruction when educators encounter adversarial individuals unclear about or even unsupportive of a truly inclusive program

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Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... Read More →

Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am PDT
Room 1204