Deciphering Gender & Orientation
October 7 & 8, from 10am-1pm. This is a 2-session course.
More and more young people are openly identifying and expressing themselves with diverse experiences of gender and sexual orientation. How can we ensure all young people feel included and safe? Join us for an interactive session to discuss growing awareness, and learn practical tools, best practices, and strategies for creating caring communities and school environments that welcome all youth experiences.
Though awareness about gender and orientation has dramatically increased, many youth still face violence, mental health challenges, and life threatening consequences when they don’t fit society’s traditional expectations.
A Communication Called “Bullying”
October 23, from 10am-3pm
This course examines the phenomenon of “bullying” through the lens of communication. Children who are bullied are more likely to drop out of school, have lower academic achievement, and are at greater risk of experiencing anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideology—effects that can persist into adulthood. Children who report using bullying behaviors are over three times as likely to have multiple criminal convictions by their early twenties.
Playing With Gender
November 3, from 10am-3pm
Children as young as four years old use phrases such as “boys don’t cry,” or “that’s so gay,” and ask questions like, “Why does Maria have two mommies?” Early childhood educators have not received training on know how to respond in an age-appropriate manner, or how to speak powerfully about these topics with colleagues and parents in a way that includes all points of view.
Communication Tool Box™
November 14, from 10am-1pm
“There is no problem communication cannot solve.”
How do you react when someone suggests you are “wrong”? What do you do when family, friends, or colleagues try to force their opinions and beliefs on you? Two well-worn, familiar paths exist: fight back or retreat. There is another path. Come join us for a course unlike any other!
To learn more about this new offering, call and ask to speak with our Education Team! They are available, Monday – Friday, from 11am-3pm at 305-663-7195!