Creating Safe and Welcoming Schools for Transgender Students
February 22 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm
Presented by: Pre K-12 Educational School Services at Camden County College
Addressing the needs of Transgender students is an emerging challenge and opportunity for schools. Rapid changes in social awareness and acceptance, recent legal developments, and students who are transitioning at younger ages or who are identifying “outside the binary” have created an urgent need for schools to educate K-12 students, staff, and parents about transgender issues. Uncertainty about the rights of transgender individuals at the federal level has led to confusion; therefore, it is important for all school staff to be aware of the rights of transgender students in New Jersey schools.
Topics include: basic knowledge and understanding, including contemporary respectful terminology and pronouns; the difference between gender identity/expression and sexual orientation; dispelling stereotypes about transgender people; the social, legal, and medical aspects of the transition process; supporting transitioning students and managing difficult situations including parental non-acceptance; the rights of transgender students including gender-specific facilities and sports (e.g., NJ LAD, ABR, NJSIAA policy, NJ Chapter 137, upcoming DOE guidance); student confidentiality; transgender policy pitfalls and recommendations; strategies for creating a safe school climate for transgender students; classroom strategies; age-appropriate curricula, lesson plans, and educational resources; and strategies for educating parents.
Cost: $149 per person (Registration fee includes a continental breakfast)
Registration: 8:00 to 8:30 a.m.
Presenter: Paula Rodriguez Rust, Ph.D.
Seating is limited. Professional Learning certificates will be distributed at the end of the session.