From the Dress-up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools

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R&L Education, 2012 - Education - 354 pages
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Very few PreK-12 teachers are adequately trained to address the gender identity and sexual identity of their students in a developmentally-appropriate and pedagogically-sound manner. Yet responsible adults -- parents, educators, pre-service teachers, coaches, religious instructors, camp administrators and school counselors -- must help children navigate the inherently diverse, increasingly complex world of gender and sexuality in the 21st Century. From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom is a practical, forward thinking resource for anyone involved in educating children and adolescents. Jennifer Bryan takes readers into classrooms, administrative meetings, recess, parent conferences, and the annual pep rally to witness the daily manifestations of Gender and Sexuality Diversity at school. She provides a coherent framework for understanding what readers "see," and invites them to use a contemporary, heart/mind perspective as they consider the true developmental needs of all elementary, middle, and high school students. The book features thoughtful questions, models of dialogue, accessible lesson plans, and many pedagogical strategies. At the heart of this book, though, are the evocative stories from teachers, students, and parents that Bryan has listened to over the span of her career, providing a personal reality to complement the explorations of this comprehensive work.  

 

 

 

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Contents

Chapter 01 GENDER AND SEXUALITY DIVERSITY AT SCHOOL
1
Chapter 02 HETERONORMATIVITY AT SCHOOL
39
Chapter 03 A FRAMEWORK FOR ENGAGING GSD AT SCHOOL
61
Chapter 04 GSD AT SCHOOL
87
Chapter 05 GSD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
117
Chapter 06 GSD IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION
151
Chapter 07 GSD IN MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION
197
Chapter 08 COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION
249
Chapter 09 LEADERSHIP POLICIES AND PROGRAMS
267
Chapter 10 PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY IN GSD EDUCATION
317
REFERENCES
343
GLOSSARY
355
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Jennifer Bryan, PhD, author of the children's book The Different Dragon, is a psychologist and educational consultant with over twenty-eight years of experience working with administrators, teachers, board members, parents, students, and school communities. She is a specialist in Gender and Sexuality Diversity and a consultant to PreK-12 schools throughout the United States. Bryan lives in Northampton, Massachusetts with her partner and two children.

 

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