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How will we create the conditions for each student to thrive?: A conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation May 14 and 16, 2013 June 3 and 4, 2013. Goals for Time T ogether. Voices of youth and research Artifacts and our learning Current work What is required of us now.

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How will we create the conditions for each student to thrive?:A conversation about gender identity and sexual orientation May 14 and 16, 2013June 3 and 4, 2013


Goals for Time Together

  • Voices of youth and research

  • Artifacts and our learning

  • Current work

  • What is required of us now


Our Values/Ethos

  • CBE community:Each student,

  • able to thrive …

  • A collective responsibility


Understanding diversity in the CBE

The full range of uniqueness within humanity

How we recognize and value uniqueness

Being responsive


What We Heard From You

  • Strong agreement on the need for action

  • A variety of views on where to focus efforts. Suggestions include:

    • Shift the public narrative:

      • Education and learning – PD, awareness, & resources

      • Inform individuals & collectives (students, staff & parents)

    • Support: (Individual and Collective)

      • Advice and resources

      • Courage to act


Our Learning/Practice

  • Continue to pay attention within your context … what will you look for/think about/do?

  • Come to the next meeting with an artifact (e.g., image, talisman, story, object, poetry, music, video, audio, writing) that represents my learning.


The Every TeacherProject/le ProjetChaque Prof


“LGBTQ”

The matrix of compulsory heterosexuality

Judith Butler

Sex  Gender Expression  Sexual Orientation

Male  Masculine  Feminine Females

Female  Feminine  Masculine Males

Catherine Taylor, Ph.D.,Faculty of EducationU. Winnipeg

The Heterosexual Matrix


Six Lessons

  • Schools are unsafe and disrespectful for LGBTQ students

  • Youth are being harassed and getting hurt

  • Diversity = at risk

  • Equal rights (except for you)

  • Homophobia is wide but not always deep

  • Most students are distressed by it

    Catherine Taylor, Ph.D.,Faculty of EducationU. Winnipeg

Six Lessons Learned


Homophobia Widespread But Not Always Deeply Rooted

Not that hard to shift school culture.

Even modest changes can produce significant improvements.

Catherine Taylor, Ph.D.,Faculty of EducationU. Winnipeg

Lesson Five: The Problem Is Wide But Not Deep


“Are you ready?”

68.2%would be comfortable discussing LGBTQ content with students

(14.9% neutral, 16.9% uncomfortable)

43.4% - used inclusive language

42% - challenged homophobia

23% - critiqued gender conformity

16.7% - challenged transphobia

Catherine Taylor, Ph.D.,Faculty of EducationU. Winnipeg

The Every Teacher Project – Preliminary Numbers


Voices of Youth


Youth Voices: Cormac

  • Global BC Television: Cormac’s Story


Current Work in CBE

  • Student records and gender identity

  • Canadian GSA conference

  • Chief Superintendent and Trustees

  • Calgary GSA network

  • Insite

  • ESPA


What Does Our Learning Point To?

Next steps for the CBE as a “system”?

Next steps for your school/service unit?

Next steps for you as an individual?

How you see yourself being able to contribute to the ongoing work in CBE related to this topic?


Moving Forward Together


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