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Session 1: Gender Development, Expression and Play

In this workshop, we will learn about and discuss gender development in young children. Through discussions of how rigid gender roles and stereotypes can limit children's growth and self-expression, we will collectively develop and role-play strategies to facilitate expansive gender performances and to create inclusive classrooms which support a variety of gender expressions. We will also discuss a variety of ways to resist the perpetuation of harmful gender stereotypes – from rethinking how we praise children to how we organize the classroom – and strategies for working with family members who are struggling with their children's gender non-conforming dress or behavior.

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Start: Mon Jun 19th 5:00pm

End: Mon Jun 19th 8:00pm

Ended: 6/20, 12:00am EDT
Session 2: Bodies, Curiosity and Touching

In this workshop, participants will explore what it means to help children develop healthy relationships and will learn strategies for teaching consent, respect, and encouraging children’s sense of ownership over their bodies. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on and better understand their own feelings about children's curiosity and sexual exploration. Through readings and role-plays, we will develop strategies for fostering children’s feelings of comfort about sexuality and their bodies while also helping children develop healthy boundaries by setting limits. We will also discuss fears regarding child sexual abuse and learn to distinguish between signs of abuse and behaviours associated with common childhood exploration.

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Start: Sat Jul 22nd 9:30am

End: Sat Jul 22nd 12:30pm

Ended: 7/22, 12:00pm EDT
Session 3: Including All Families and Supporting All Children

In this workshop, we will discuss the importance of representing and including all families in the social and cultural community of early childhood programs. Focusing specifically on LGBTQ families, this workshop will help educators consider both deliberate and unintentional messages about belonging that are reflected in their classroom’s written material, environment, curriculum, and pedagogy. To create inclusive classrooms and schools, we will introduce concepts and language to for participants to use when talking with families and colleagues about different sexual and gender identities, discuss the legal structures that are involved in defining families, and help participants understand discrimination targeted at people who do not conform to our society’s gender or sexual norms. We will also identify curricular opportunities to teach about family diversity and develop strategies for teaching a more expansive understanding of family.

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Start: Sat Aug 19th 9:30am

End: Sat Aug 19th 12:30pm

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