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Montclair Kimberley Academy Gender and Sexuality for Faculty and Staff


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3 Hour Session delivered to faculty and staff of Montclair Kimberley Academy Faculty and Staff of the upper division. Gender differences and gender bias - how do they impact students' lives? How does society's conflation of biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation affect everything from self esteem, intractability, bullying, and peer pressure? What can we do as educators to support healthy gender and sexual identities of out youth?

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Montclair Kimberley Academy Gender and Sexuality for Faculty and Staff

  1. 1. What Boys and Girls Are Made of:Supporting Healthy Gender and Sexual Identities of Youth Montclair Kimberley Academy Faculty Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Seattle Girls’ School Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  2. 2. About Seattle Girls’ School Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  3. 3. Agenda• Gender Differences• Gender Bias• Gender Bias and Girls• Gender Bias and Boys• Gender and Sexuality Paradigm• What Can We Do?• Discussions• Resources Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  4. 4. Disclaimers andOther Food for Thought Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  5. 5. Gender DifferencesRosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  6. 6. Gender BiasBrash IntuitiveTroublemaker Well-BehavedStrong DelicateCompetitive CooperativePhysical EmotionalSilent VerbalClever PrettyMistake-Prone PerfectBelligerent Nice Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
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  11. 11. Process BreakPlease turn to a nearby neighbor or form small groups to discuss the following:How do you experience gender? What pressures do you feel, and what messages do you get? What happens as you conform or defy gender norms? Think about your experiences growing up, as well as now. Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  12. 12. Cycle of SocializationRosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
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  14. 14. Girls and Gender Bias Where Does it Lead? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  15. 15. The “Good Girl” in Conflict Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  16. 16. The “Good Girl” in the Workplace and Home Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  17. 17. The “Pretty Girl” on Beauty Beauty Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  18. 18. Boys and Gender Bias Where Does it Lead? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  19. 19. The “Tough Guy” in Conflict Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  20. 20. The “Tough Guy” in the Workplace and the Home Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  21. 21. Psychic Dissonance, Health, and Violence Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  22. 22. Gender and Sexuality Paradigm Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  23. 23. Process Break In what ways do you see your students: -internalizing and conforming to gender norms and stereotypes -feeling pressured to conform to gender stereotypes -being little affected by gender stereotypes -actively non-conforming to gender stereotypesWhat are the positives and negatives of these variousstates, as far as you can tell? How do you respond to these youth where they are? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  24. 24. BreakRosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  25. 25. What Can We Do?Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  26. 26. What Can We Do for Girls? • Teach the difference between self-sacrificing and good. • Talk about or compliment something besides her looks. • Value the quality of her relationships, not the quantity. • Give her access to diverse women mentors. • Role-Play difficult conversations with her.Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Eun Ryong Lee ( Rosetta
  27. 27. What Can We Do for Boys? • Teach the difference between strong and tough. • Talk about feelings and relationships. • Make it okay to be vulnerable. • Give him access to diverse male mentors. • Help him understand societal homophobia.Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Eun Ryong Lee ( Rosetta
  28. 28. What Can We Do for All? • Help them develop strong interaction and social skills. • Discuss nontraditional family and relationship models. • Show them diverse role models of all GSD identities. • Teach about gender and sexuality diversity. • Give them healthy outlets for their feelings. • Respect and nurture their true selves. • Teach “norm”, “normal”, and “good”. • Share your stories. • Model the way.Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee Eun Ryong Lee ( Rosetta
  29. 29. Teach Media Literacy • Choose media FOR intentionally for the classroom. • Engage in media WITH youth. • Help youth understand the hidden messages of media. • Help youth think about how they want to internalize or reject these messages.Rosetta Eun Ryong LeeRosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  30. 30. Cycle of LiberationRosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  31. 31. At the School• Experiential And Discovery Base Learning• Facilitating Questions and Discussions• Media Literacy• Patterns and Systems• Values and Actions• Autonomy and Choice• Justice and Activism Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  32. 32. Examples• Affinity Groups, Clubs, GSAs, etc.• Social Justice Curriculum• Student Driven Campaigns• “Not at Our School” Culture Setting• Film Viewings and All School Reads• Policy, Programming, Practice, and People for Change Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  33. 33. Process BreakPlease turn to a nearby neighbor or form small groups to discuss the following:How do you see gender and sexuality inclusivity at the school already? What is one thing you could do to increase gender and sexuality inclusivity? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  34. 34. Parents: Partners or Foes? Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  35. 35. What Parents Fear and What We Can Do About It• “I didn’t know about this stuff…”• “I don’t have any language around this…”• “I want to protect their innocence…”• “Are you teaching my kids values?”• Heads Up Communication• Resources and Language• Clear Reiteration of Mission and Values• Research and Your Expertise• Explicit Communication of Parents’ Roles Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  36. 36. Undoing Gender and Sexuality Bias Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  37. 37. Questions and Comments Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  38. 38. Presenter Information Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee 6th Faculty and Professional Outreach Seattle Girls’ School 2706 S Jackson Street Seattle WA 98144 (206) 805-6562 Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  39. 39. Resources• Joshua M. Aronson, Ph.D., “Improving Achievement & Narrowing the Gap,” Learning and the Brain Conference, Cambridge, MA, November 2003• Allan G. Johnson, Privilege, Power, and Difference.• Miss Representation, documentary film on media and women• United Nations Population Fund Statistics on Gender Equality as of 2005 _gender.htm• Learning to be critically literate of mass media• Media Guide for Parents and Educators Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (
  40. 40. Gender Specific Resources• Jennifer Bryan, various trainings and publications on gender and sexuality diversity, From the Dress Up Corner to the Senior Prom• JoAnn Deak, Ph.D., Girls Will Be Girls: Raising Confident and Courageous Daughters, How Girls Thrive• Jackson Katz, Tough Guise, Wrestling with Manhood, The Macho Paradox• John Medina, Talaris Research Institute, various studies on early gender differences in competition and play• Mary Pipher, Ph.D., Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls• Rachel Simmons, Odd Girl Out, Odd Girl Speaks Out, Curse of the Good Girl• Michael Thompson, Raising Cain, Speaking of Boys, It’s a Boy! Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee (