Archive for March, 2016

Here’s Why Teachers Are Talking About Gender & Sexuality

By | Straightlaced

Teachers are inspired and motivated by our Straightlaced Gender and Sexuality Training!


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Do you want to see more education and activities about gender and sexuality in your school community? GroundSpark’s customized trainings address pressing educational and social issues related to gender, sexuality, and race in an engaging way, bridging the divide between information and action. Since 2003, we have trained more than 15,000 people from schools, school districts, health service organizations, after school programs, universities, and community initiatives throughout the country.

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Hear it from the Teachers:

Feedback from participants at our February 2016 districtwide training for San Diego Unified School District.

“I want to weave Straightlaced and Let’s Get Real (film & curriculum) into the 10th grade Sexuality Education Curriculum.”

“I appreciated the honest discussion in the video and outside the video that explored the variance in gender identity and gender expression.”

“Overall a very impactful training! The trainers created an open and inclusive environment by revealing their own personal stories, which set the stage for participants to share their ideas and experiences more freely. They also led interactive and engaging activities which prepared the participants for viewing Straightlaced with greater empathy and understanding of the students in the film. Whether shown in a large group setting, small classroom environment, or a staff meeting, we are confident that Straightlaced—How Gender’s Got Us All Tied Up will make our students feel safe and supported district-wide.”

– Rachel Miller, M.Ed., Program Coordinator/Resource Teacher, San Diego Unified School District

A Peek Inside Our Straightlaced Training for the San Diego Unified School District

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In February, Groundspark trainers Serian Strauss and Eileen Nathanson traveled to San Diego to provide a two day training on creating an inclusive schools climate, with a particular focus on addressing issues related to gender identity and expression. Attendees ranged from school guidance counselors, to math and science teachers, to community advocates working on behalf of LGBTQ youth.

Teachers raved about the useful tools they took away from the training and appreciated the opportunity to connect with other educators who share their commitment to address these issues.

San Diego Unified Schools are part of a national cohort funded by the Center for Disease Control to increase efforts to support LGBTQ students and combat bias in schools. The training came about because of GroundSpark’s partnership with Gay Straight Alliance Network.

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