Gender Expansive School Communities - Subscription Series, Winter 2022 - 2023

These workshops have been developed for the use of NJAIS members only and are not to be downloaded, copied, used, or distributed without permission.

 

 

SUBSCRIPTION SERIES:

 

Gender Expansive School Communities

 

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This series includes the following topics:

Case Studies in Gender Inclusion
Faith and Gender Identity
Gender 101: Identity and Expression
Mental Health and Support for Kids Who are Questioning Gender Identity
Navigating the Legal Aspects of Gender Inclusion
Names, Pronouns, and Honoring Student Identity: How Schools Can Support Student Expression and Maintain Parent Partnerships
Understanding Gender Identity and Expansiveness
When the Adults Don't Understand Gender Expansiveness

 

Register Here:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=541
 

These offerings are available by whole-school subscription only.  
Registration includes unlimited participants in each of the sessions, as well as access to the recordings and resources to be shared within your school community only.

Live participation in the sessions is encouraged in order to best engage with the learning and growth offered by each presenter.

What this means:
You can send your entire faculty to each of the listed sessions for the flat fee.
If permission is granted by the presenter, you can use the recording to view as an entire faculty at a time convenient for your schedule.  
Recordings will be available for at least three weeks following the session.
Your school has unlimited access to this robust series of workshops and presentations.

When you register:
You will indicate one point person who will communicate which members of your school community will attend each individual session.
This point person will be the liaison between NJAIS and the school for all topics relating to this subscription series.
Each session will have a Zoom registration link.  Those who would like to attend those sessions should register at least 48 hours in advance of the session in order to receive their unique Zoom link.

Fees are per SCHOOL - A flat fee for your entire school community.

 

Session dates, descriptions, and presenters below:
*Dates, topics, and presenters subject to change*

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2022; 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  
Understanding Gender Identity and Expansiveness

This workshop will provide an introduction and in-depth exploration of topics related to gender diversity including understanding gender identity, terminology, and youth’s experiences with these topics. The session will address common myths related to gender-diverse youth and provides take-home steps for school personnel.

Presented by: Emma C. Woodward, PhD is a psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Woodward has a specialized interest in the evaluation and clinical care of children and families managing anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She also has specialized experience with youth managing gender dysphoria.  Dr. Woodward has been extensively trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, with specialty training in exposure and response prevention (CBT-ERP), aimed at relieving the symptoms of OCD and anxiety disorders. She has experience with individual, family and group therapy in diverse settings including children’s hospitals, outpatient clinics and community mental health clinics. Dr. Woodward’s past work includes assessment and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders in youth ages 5-18 years old. She has also co-authored several scholarly articles for several journals, including Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, related to youth anxiety outcomes.

 

Tuesday, December 13, 2021; 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Mental Health and Support for Kids Who are Questioning Gender Identity

*Please attend or view the recording of Understanding Gender Identity and Expansiveness prior to engaging in this session*

It’s common for kids to question their gender identity and sexual orientation, but the process can be confusing and scary. This session will outline guidelines and considerations for school personnel when students have questions or concerns about their gender identity or sexual orientation.  Dr. Emma Woodward will highlight teacher specific support, how to work in partnership with parents, and in what ways questioning students may need adult advocacy.

Presented by: Emma C. Woodward, PhD is a psychologist in the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. Dr. Woodward has a specialized interest in the evaluation and clinical care of children and families managing anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, selective mutism, separation anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She also has specialized experience with youth managing gender dysphoria.  Dr. Woodward has been extensively trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, with specialty training in exposure and response prevention (CBT-ERP), aimed at relieving the symptoms of OCD and anxiety disorders. She has experience with individual, family and group therapy in diverse settings including children’s hospitals, outpatient clinics and community mental health clinics. Dr. Woodward’s past work includes assessment and treatment of OCD and anxiety disorders in youth ages 5-18 years old. She has also co-authored several scholarly articles for several journals, including Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, related to youth anxiety outcomes.

 

Thursday, January 12, 2023; 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Gender 101: Identity and Expression

 

“As I looked at each facet of gender, I needed to fix it with a definition, just long enough for me to realize that each definition I came up with was entirely inadequate and needed to be abandoned in search of deeper meaning.”  
Kate Bornstein, Gender Outlaw

Many independent schools have taken important steps to be more inclusive and supportive of their transgender and nonbinary students.  This workshop will begin with some basic exercises to develop a common understanding and shared vocabulary around gender and sexuality.  We will also review the primary issues facing transgender and nonbinary students in schools and discuss how to better support them.

Presented by: Nicole Hager is the Director of the Upper School at Kent Place School.  She previously served as Dean of Students at Northfield Mount Hermon, a Grade 9–12 all-gender boarding and day school in Gill, Massachusetts for 17 years. Before that, Nicole was at Deerfield Academy as an English teacher, college advisor, coordinator of multicultural education, associate dean of students, and admission counselor. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dartmouth College and is a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame. She also earned an MFA, in creative nonfiction, from Bay Path University.

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2023; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
When the Adults Don't Understand Gender Expansiveness

For many of our students, gender expansiveness requires no thought or confusion.  This is not true for the adult population who did not come of age during a time when pronouns were commonplace and gender fluidity welcome.  This session will outline some of the reasons our students have an easier time understanding and accepting gender expansiveness and how adults - teachers and parents - can learn and grow in this area.

Presented by: Jen Cort's career blends her experience as a clinical social worker and educator.  Her educational administrative experiences are as an Assistant Head of Lower School, Head of a Middle School, and senior administrator.  Jen's therapy background includes serving as a counselor in Lower, Middle and Upper Schools as well as private practice.  Jen went into consulting after seeing a need for supporting schools to live out their missions regarding diversity and inclusion such that students can be seen and heard while learning to be visible and use their voices in productive ways.  Jen Cort speaks at national conferences including NAIS, POCC, National Small Schools Conference, and Association of Middle Level Educators.  She is published online and in journals including NAIS, Racing Toward Diversity, and Raising Race Conscious Children.  Jen works with schools around the United States and in Canada and is the host of a podcast, Third Space, providing diversity education by leading experts.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2023; 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 
Navigating the Legal Aspects of Gender Inclusion

From communicating with parents to school trips and bathrooms and more, this session will provide legal guidelines and considerations for schools regarding gender inclusion and supporting all gender identities.

Presented by: Stefani Schwartz, a founding member of the Hatfield Schwartz Law Group, provides comprehensive legal counsel to numerous independent schools throughout the State.  Her areas of expertise include discrimination and harassment laws; corporate governance; disability and medical leave issues; EEO compliance; Federal and State employment laws; hiring, discipline and terminations; internal investigations; human resource audits; management employee training; wage and hour laws; restrictive covenants and trade secrets; and handbook reviews.  Ms. Schwartz appears in State and Federal Courts, labor arbitration proceedings, and administrative agencies such as the EEOC, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, and the Department of Labor.  Stefani is an active member of the legal and non-legal communities, serving on many Boards and committees for nonprofit organizations, private companies, and professional associations.  She is often asked to speak on areas such as sexual harassment, discrimination in the workplace, and employment policies and handbooks at seminars and conferences.  Stefani earned her bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg College, and her MPA and JD from Rutgers University.  She also enjoys competitive horse show jumping.  In addition to supporting NJAIS through her legal work, her commitment is evidenced as both of Ms. Schwartz’s children have graduated from NJAIS schools.

 

Thursday, February 16, 2023; 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Case Studies in Gender Inclusion

*Please attend or view the recording of Gender 101 and Navigating the Legal Aspects of Gender Inclusion prior to engaging with this session*

“When someone with the authority of a teacher describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of  psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked into a mirror and saw nothing.”  
Adrienne Rich

Beginning where “Gender 101” ended, we will review basic vocabulary and the fundamental issues facing schools who are working to be more gender inclusive.  We will explore these issues through several case studies.

Presented by: Nicole Hager is the Director of the Upper School at Kent Place School.  She previously served as Dean of Students at Northfield Mount Hermon, a Grade 9–12 all-gender boarding and day school in Gill, Massachusetts for 17 years. Before that, Nicole was at Deerfield Academy as an English teacher, college advisor, coordinator of multicultural education, associate dean of students, and admission counselor. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dartmouth College and is a member of its Athletic Hall of Fame. She also earned an MFA, in creative nonfiction, from Bay Path University.

 

Date and Time TBD 
Names, Pronouns, and Honoring Student Identity: How Schools Can Support Student Expression and Maintain Parent Partnerships

Description pending

Presented by: Pending confirmation

 

Date and Time TBD
Faith and Gender Identity

Description pending

Presented by: Pending confirmation

 

 

REGISTER HERE:
https://www.njais.org/cf_forms/view.cfm?formID=541

 

 

NJAIS Member Schools:
$450 for schools with enrollment of 200 and fewer
$600 for schools with enrollment of 201 - 500
$750 for schools with enrollment of 501 - 750
$900 for schools with enrollment of 751+ 

Non-Member Colleagues:
$1,500 for subscription series enrollment