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Presenter(s): Aidan Key

Date: June 28, 2017 (LA)
& August 23, 2017 (SEA)

Time: 8:00 am - 9:20 am (LA)
& 11:00 am - 12:20 pm (SEA)

Room: 308 (LA) & 307 (SEA)

Conference: Gender Odyssey Los Angeles, Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Professional (LA) & Professional (SEA)

Navigating the “Human Barrier”: Overcoming Biases While Working with Schools

After a guardian’s/parent’s realization that their child is transgender—but often before they have had a chance to catch their breath—the question of how to navigate schools looms large and immediate.  Teachers, administrators, and even counselors may put up some resistance to taking inclusive steps to support the child and recognize the school’s role in the transition process. Even principals say, “Why should we do all this for one student?”  Or they may ask a bewildered parent, “Just tell us what to do.”  During this session, we will explore the origins of this resistance and some concrete steps for navigating a successful student transition. Content discussed will include: how to field the “bathroom question”; age-appropriate ways to talk to children; proactive addressing of concerns from other parents; and other ways to framing trans issues for those within a school community. This session will provide educators and other interested professionals important information for optimizing a child’s experience as well as a template for creating the optimal inclusive school environment. There will be time for Q&A as well as addressing specific situations you may have already encountered.