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The Decolonizing Gender Mini-Course is for elementary teachers who want to better understand how gender-based stereotypes show up in their classrooms, and how to create classrooms where all of their students can be themselves, regardless of gender identity or expression.BUY NOW
What You Will Learn:
Lesson 1: Decolonizing Gender for Ourselves
- Lesson 1 provides context for gender binarism as a system of oppression in our society, which was reinforced purposely and violently through white supremacist colonization. It facilitates reflection on our own personal journey to understanding how stereotypes based on the gender binary affect us all.
Lesson 2: Gender in the Elementary Classroom
- Lesson 2 highlights the incredible amount of gender stereotypes present for children at the elementary age, and provides opportunities for reflection on how gender binarism shows up in schools.
Lesson 3: Teaching Critical Thinking Skills about Gender Stereotypes and Gender Fluidity
- Lesson 3 provides lessons, books, and opportunities for addressing gender stereotypes with elementary-aged children in context with a decolonized curriculum that addresses ingenious people’s rights.
Lesson 4: Teaching Trans, Two-spirit, and Nonbinary identity
- Lesson 4 provides lessons, books, and opportunities for teaching about trans, nonbinary, and two-spirit people at the elementary level, including gender-neutral pronouns.
Lesson 5: Putting It All Together
- Lesson 5 offers space and suggestions for action planning and provides suggestions for whole-school inclusion and support.
Bibliography and Resources:
- Participants will receive a mix of resources, lessons, and reflection tools.
About the Instructor:
Bex Mui (she/her) is a biracial, queer, cis femme organizer and consultant committed to the work of LGBTQ affirmation at the intersections of education, equity, and spirituality. She has studied, worked, and advocated for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the K-12 education system for the past 18 years. Bex started her journey studying systems of oppression with a queer femnist lens at the College of New Rochelle where she received a B.A. in English and a certification for Elementary Education. Dedicated to progressive education and facilitated learning, Bex chose Bank Street College to receive her Master’s in Education with a specialization in Literacy. She worked for ten years as an elementary classroom teacher, primarily at a social-justice inclusion school, where she taught and developed LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons as an out queer educator. Bex has supported school, district, and national LGBTQ-inclusion and social justice initiatives, and has developed equity-themed professional development workshops for faculty, administrators, and families.