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March 9, 2020

Sexuality in Schools - Diversity Discussions Part 1

In our first episode of Diversity Discussions, we dive in deep and ask the questions many have been hesitant to ask.  Jonathan and Whitney discuss with Dr. Christy Whittlesey the basics of the sexuality spectrum and how educators can support all students regardless of their sexuality.  This is a tough topic and a discussion you don't want to miss!

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Tune in next week for the next installment in our Diversity Discussions where we continue cross barriers to better educate ourselves and to better understand our students.

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Christy Whittlesey, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) has been an educator in settings ranging from PreK-higher education for the past 17 years, and is currently a PreK-12 Fine and Performing Arts Administrator and a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Arts Ambassador in Massachusetts. In addition to her work in the arts, Dr. Whittlesey regularly collaborates with school districts and organizations to update policy and lead professional development to create gender-friendly schools where all students can thrive, regardless of gender.  Her book, It’s Ok to Say “They”: Tips for Educator Allies of Transgender and Non-Binary Students, is published by Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc., and is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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HRC Welcoming Schools: Lesson plans, Definitions, Videos, Book recommendations, and more, including guidance on how to have age-appropriate conversations with students

Madison Metropolitan School District, "Guidance & Policies to Support Transgender, Non-Binary, and Gender-Expansive Students" - Model school policy

"They is My Pronoun" page by Dr. Lee Airton - lots of information and opportunities to ask anonymous questions

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