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YS Gender and Sexuality in Early Childhood Education

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Professional Development 3 Hours

Both Sessions 1 and 2 must be attended by participants.

Session 1: Gender Development, Expression and Play

  • Learn about gender development in young children
  • Develop strategies to facilitate expansive gender performances and to create inclusive classrooms that support a variety of gender expressions
  • Discuss ways to resist the perpetuation of harmful gender stereotypes

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 limit the perpetuation of gender stereotypes – from how children are complimented to how the classroom is organized – and how to work with family members who are struggling with their children's gender non-conforming dress or behaviors.