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Phillips Academy Andover and Brace Center for Gender Studies
Flavia Vidal, Ph.D.
Yes Means Yes!: Teaching Consent and Healthy Relationships
From #Me Too to the Kavanaugh hearings, our news cycle is inundated with narratives of sexual assault. The college statistics about gender-based violence are eye opening. In this workshop, we will examine how these issues play out in our school communities and discuss strategies and tools that have proven effective in teaching students how to form healthy relationships, to give and obtain consent, and to develop positive sexual identities.
Phillips Academy Andover Instructor
“Creating Inclusive Spaces for Trans*, Non-Binary, and Gender Non-Conforming Students”
How familiar are you with the gender unicorn? In this session, educators at all different levels of knowledge and experience can come together to think about how to make their schools, classrooms, playing fields, dormitories, hallways, and community centers more inclusive, caring, and supportive spaces for students with diverse gender identities and expressions. We all have students who are not cisgender at our schools, whether we know it or not. Are we ready for them? Are we going to be able to support them with resources, spaces, and an informed community? Emma Staffaroni from Phillips Academy Andover has worked with a team of colleagues at their New England boarding school to found an all-gender dormitory. The idea started with a student, and after careful thinking, flexibility, and student-driven policy change, Andover opened its all-gender dorm in the fall of 2017. Emma will talk through some conceptual and logistical ways to tailor gender inclusivity policies and practices to your specific institution. There will be time for brainstorming and reflecting on your own school’s most immediate areas for growth in gender inclusion.
Phillips Academy Andover and Brace Center for Gender Studies Liaison
“A Framework of Care: a Queer-Inclusive, Sex-Positive, Trauma-Informed Approach to Peer Health Education”
In a 2017 NAIS report, authors Fonte et. al write, “Health education and sexuality education curricula may be interpreted as competing with the ultimate mission of core academic schooling.” What are the perceived and real barriers to establishing comprehensive health education in your school, with your students? Learn the tenets of and resources needed for a sex education curriculum that is queer-inclusive, trauma-informed, and sex-positive. This session also covers the importance of values-driven mentorship in developing these programs. We will implicate ourselves, our attitudes towards sexuality, and our views on adolescence in our discussion, so come ready to share.
Phillips Academy Andover
Carolina Artacho Guerra
“Best practices in curriculum and pedagogy for gender-inclusive STEM courses and classrooms”
STEM classrooms are often perceived as neutral spaces, yet the STEM higher education and professional arenas continue to lack diversity. Can we make our entry points into scientific endeavors more inclusive? This workshop will provide a framework to understand and classify our science practices through the lens of gender inclusion. We will also generate specific tools and skills to use in a STEM classroom to challenge the notion of neutrality and create more inclusive learning environments.
Speakers will be added leading up to the 2019 Conference in July. Please visit our website for updates.