Classes

    Establishing Loving Spaces for Learning: Nurturing Gender & Sexual Identity Development in US Schools

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course explores both the role of gender and sexuality in shaping young peoples' schooling experiences, opportunities, and outcomes, and the role of schooling experiences in shaping young people's notions of gender and sexuality. In many ways, the course is about the "hidden curriculum" of heteronormativity, or the subtle practices in schools that privilege heterosexual, gendered identities and ways of being. As such, students in the course will apply the concept of the hidden curriculum to the study of gender and schooling in order to understand why and how children and youth with different gender identities experience schooling differently and why and how heteronormative schooling detrimentally impacts all students. By the end of the course, students should be able to: (1) identify specific strategies that educators at various levels might use to support students in negotiating gender and sexuality norms; (2) identify tools that schools can use to build positive, nurturing environments, which open up possibilities for complex gender and sexual identity development; and (3) analyze and evaluate a variety of school practices, curricula, policies, and programs that seek to support healthy gender and sexual identity development for U.S. children and adolescents. The course will provide opportunities to consider the ways in which other elements of identity (e.g., race, culture, socio-economic status, age, geography, etc.) intersect with gender and sexuality in the process of identity development. Although schools will be the central setting examined, course materials are also applicable to community-based settings.... Read more about Establishing Loving Spaces for Learning: Nurturing Gender & Sexual Identity Development in US Schools

    The Virtual Self: Identity, Culture, and Learning in Digital Worlds

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    Digital worlds may provide endless opportunities to explore our identities, as video games, social media, and virtual reality allow users to walk in the shoes of someone who is a different race, gender, or nationality and try on characteristics that differ from their selves in the real world. In education, these media can transport learners to far off places and times, to be with people not possible in real life.... Read more about The Virtual Self: Identity, Culture, and Learning in Digital Worlds

    Double Binds, Glass Cliffs, & Concrete Walls:Exploring Women’s Experiences in Educational Leadership

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    This course challenges collective assumptions regarding the construction of “effective” leadership in education and who is considered to be an effective leader and why. Specifically, we take a critical perspective to consider how and in what ways, such concepts may be built on gendered and racialized notions of leadership.... Read more about Double Binds, Glass Cliffs, & Concrete Walls:Exploring Women’s Experiences in Educational Leadership

    Say Her Name: Gender, Race & Punishment from Tituba to Breonna Taylor

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020
    Say Her Name explores the systems of gendered and racialized punishment that have created the current conditions around school suspensions, arrests, and incarceration. The course draws from community voices, academic texts, media, and narrative sources to give particular attention to factors long associated with gender, race, and punishment, such as madness, sexuality, sin, poverty, and citizenship.... Read more about Say Her Name: Gender, Race & Punishment from Tituba to Breonna Taylor

    Queering Education

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021
    This course explores the role of gender and sexuality in shaping young people’s schooling experiences, opportunities, and outcomes, and the role of schooling experiences in shaping young people's notions of gender and sexuality. In many ways, the course is about the "hidden curriculum" of heteronormativity and cisnormativity, or the subtle practices in schools that privilege heterosexual, gendered identities and ways of being.... Read more about Queering Education

    Equity and Opportunity: Identity in Context: Gender and Sexuality

    Semester: 

    Winter

    Offered: 

    2021
    Students in each Equity and Opportunity module will: (1) engage deeply with key concepts in equity, opportunity, inclusion, oppression, privilege, and power within the context of education; (2) connect and build meaningful relationships with others while recognizing the multiple intersecting identities, perspectives and developmental differences people hold; and (3) make progress in understanding and reflecting on their own experiences and actions across cultures and contexts.... Read more about Equity and Opportunity: Identity in Context: Gender and Sexuality