On Saturday, October 8th I will be facilitating Queer the Curriculum, a workshop to figure out what it’s going to take to make schools inclusive—not just tolerant—of LGBTQ students and teachers.
Wondering what a Socratic seminar workshop called Queer the Curriculum might look like? Check out this 1 minute video about PSESD’s Teacher Leader program. It includes footage from our Education’s Race Problem in the Fishbowl workshop last spring. It’s like a trailer for Queer the Curriculum!
I was excited to show up for our seminar workshop last spring and surprise participants with a conversation focused on the race gap separating students from teachers but I had no idea how powerful that conversation would turn out to be.
After the questions we were asking in our Education’s Race Problem workshop continued to evolve online in the weeks that followed, I knew I wanted to continue to organize conversations that were led by the people on the ground who are being impacted by our schools’ equity issues every day. That’s teachers, students, and parents. But that’s also all the people who care about teachers, students, and parents.
And then a month after our workshop while we were still talking about the fact that 84% of teachers are white and by far mostly female, Orlando happened.
I heard Staceyann Chinn’s dare to come out, to come together, and to fight hate by celebrating Pride. I heard Mayor Ed Murray at the Cal Anderson vigil call us to honor the victims by coming together to act.
So Queer the Curriculum was born.
Safe Place stickers are not enough to make LGBTQ students feel included. But they’re a start.
Nondiscrimination laws are not enough to make teachers feel safe in being out at work. But they’re a start.
Washington State law “prohibits unfair employment practices” because of person’s sexual orientation, including gender identity.
And yet, a local high school teacher, who is out about her marriage to her wife, found herself under fire two years ago when students in her English class compared the fight for marriage equality to the Civil Rights movement.
YOU GUYS. This is basic critical thinking. Basic compare/contrast. These are 21st Century learning skills in action.
That teacher was called to a meeting with student parents by her administrator to discuss her “gay agenda.”
I don’t know what the answers are. But I do know that a room full of diverse people armed with interesting resources can come up with some pretty insightful solutions. I see this in classrooms full of middle schoolers all the time.
That’s what Queer the Curriculum is all about—starting a conversation that we’re hoping will grow into something bigger than our Saturday together.
I’ll be psyched to see you there.
Register here. And please spread the word.
Out of town? Join in via Twitter 10AM—3:30PM PST on October 8th using #QueerTheCurriculum.
Why is it called Queer the Curriculum? Read why here.
WHAT: An interactive workshop led by Kristin Leong for anyone invested in schools–educators, curriculum planners, administrators, community organizers, teacher/student allies.
1) To fuel conversation about what it takes to make schools an affirming place for LGBTQ staff and students
2) To explore Socratic seminars as a tool for student-led, inquiry-based learning (and for teaching dinner party skills)
WHEN: Saturday, October 8, 2016. 8 AM–3:30 PM.
WHERE: Puget Sound Educational Service District. 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057
Out of town? Join in via Twitter 10AM—3:30PM PST on October 8th using #QueerTheCurriculum. For more information visit kristinleong.com.
PERKS: Breakfast and lunch included. Clock hours available.
FACEBOOK event page: Here.
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