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Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12: Frameworks, Values and Practice

Date: Friday - December 07, 2018
Time: All Day
Location: Bertschi School, Seattle, WA

This workshop has reached capacity and registration is closed.

Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12: Frameworks, Values and Practice


Program will begin at 9:00 and finish at 3:00pm

Please arrive a few minutes early to check in and get settled.

Program Description

Students naturally adopt a range of identities, expressions and roles as they learn and grow physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. Gender and sexuality are at the heart of this developmental process for all children of all ages. As our 21st Century understanding of human diversity expands, PreK-12 educators must be able to engage with issues related to gender and sexuality competently and confidently. Basic understanding of gender and sexuality is a prerequisite for working at the multiple intersections of our identities.

 This workshop will explore concepts and language for understanding human identity development, with an emphasis on gender and sexuality. Based on feedback from participants in last year's program, we will also look more intentionally at the intersectionality of gender and sexuality with additional critical identifiers. By using individual school missions and the Gender and Sexuality Diversity framework, 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 every day.

Small group work on case scenarios will take into account participants' level of experience. Please indicate the grade level (LS, MS, US) and experience level (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced) so we can create groups accordingly. (NB: if you work with multiple divisions, you must select ONE for the small group work!)

Please bring a hard copies of your MISSION STATEMENT and DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION STATEMENT. (prizes for those who actually remember to bring these!!)


Facilitator: Jennifer Bryan

Jennifer Bryan, PhD, is a psychologist and consultant who specializes in helping schools and organizations create inclusive communities by understanding and addressing gender and sexuality diversity. As founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants, she works primarily with preK-12 schools to help them explore gender and sexuality as these issues relate to school life. She uses psychological and pedagogical frameworks, skilled group facilitation, and a lively sense of humor to help administrators, teachers, staff, parents, trustees and students explore the complex terrain of gender and sexuality identity development.

After graduating from Princeton, Dr. Bryan began her career in 1983 as an English teacher and counselor at The Hotchkiss School. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University and has worked as a psychologist in a variety of clinical settings. Over the past 25 years she has provided organizational consultation to schools, social service agencies, and businesses, focusing on group dynamics, critical conversations and systemic change.

Dr. Bryan is a life-long educator and a life-long student. She cares about pedagogy, practice and passion in equal measure.


Here is what you NWAIS colleagues thought of her sessions at previous NWAIS engagements:

She was amazing! The audience wanted more and could have sat through lunch to hear more of her insight!

This was a great session. She clearly knows (and cares about) what she's talking about and talked through some real-world situations with us. Very engaging speaker on an important topic.

Awesome and engaging!



NWAIS Attendees

Early Bird (By October 25, 2018): $165

Regular (After October 25, 2018): $195


Non-NWAIS Attendees:

            $230 (anytime)


TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete and payment must be postmarked or received by the appropriate deadline.

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.


Cancellation Policy

Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by November 29, 2018 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after November 29, 2018 are ineligible for any refund.


NWAIS is Going Paperless.

All program materials will be provided electronically.

If there are pre-event materials, they will be sent to you via email about a week prior to the event. Please "BYOD" (bring your own device) to access them at the workshop or if you prefer, print out the digital materials and bring them with you. We will not have hard-copy packets for attendees on-site.



Attendees will be Eligible for 5 Clock Hours and / or STARS Credits

Attendees from NWAIS member schools receive clock hours and STARS free of charge. For those not affiliated with a member school, there is a $10 processing fee for Clock Hours and for STARS Credits. The original clock hours form or your STARS certificate will be mailed back to you for your records. If you need to petition another agency for credits or you would like a certificate for your files, NWAIS is happy to provide one upon request at no charge.


NWAIS may help cover travel costs

The NWAIS travel reimbursement policy is designed to reimburse candidate and accredited member schools for some travel costs. This policy applies to a school’s total travel expenses (not the cost of rooms and meals), no matter how many people the school sends to the workshop. If your school spends more than $150 dollars on travel for this event and is traveling a distance greater than 250 miles you will be reimbursed a percentage of your expenses. Click here for more details





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