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Gender and Sexuality Diversity for Young Children

Date: Monday - April 09, 2018
Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Location: Brick Church School

62 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128
For Grades PK - 3
Speaker: Jennifer Bryan
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The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) provides explicit guidelines for creating and sustaining inclusive, equitable practice, yet many educational communities are currently grappling with how to best apply these principles to issues of gender and sexuality in the early childhood school setting. This session will inspire a shift from aspirational guidelines to actual practice.

Students naturally adopt a range of identities, expressions and roles as they navigate the emotional, social and academic world of school. Regardless of how comfortable or uncomfortable adults are with these issues, gender and sexuality are at the heart of this developmental process for all children of all ages!! As our 21st Century understanding of human diversity expands, PreK-3 educators must be able to engage with issues related to gender and sexuality competently and confidently.



This workshop will focus on the concepts and language with which to create developmentally appropriate practice . Using school mission and the Gender and Sexuality Diversity framework, participants will engage with critical questions about

  • human identity development in young children
  • ideal conditions for learning
  • teaching methods and curriculum design
  • policies and programs

Whether you are a 2nd grade teacher, an after-school coordinator, the lower school division head, school counselor or kindergarten assistant, this workshop is relevant to the work you do in your role every day. This is for all who work with young children.

Everyone should bring a hard copy of your school’s mission statement. Please bring books, curriculum ideas to share. (Prizes for those who actually remember to bring these!)


Jennifer Bryan, PhD,is a psychologist and consultant who specializes in helping schools and organizations create inclusive communities by understanding and addressing gender and sexuality diversity. As founder and principal of Team Finch Consultants, she works primarily with preK-12 schools to help them explore gender and sexuality as these issues relate to school life. She uses psychological and pedagogical frameworks, skilled group facilitation, and a lively sense of humor to help administrators, teachers, staff, parents, trustees and students explore the complex terrain of gender and sexuality identity development.

Dr. Bryan began her career as an English teacher and counselor at The Hotchkiss School and then worked as a psychologist in a variety of clinical settings. In addition to her private psychotherapy practice, she taught at the Smith College School for Social Work and Teachers College, Columbia University. Over the years she has provided clinical and organizational consultation to a variety of schools and social service agencies.

Dr. Bryan is a frequent speaker on gender and sexuality diversity at education conferences nationwide and is the author of From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools a book for educators and parents. Her children’s book, The Different Dragon, was recently translated into Spanish by a middle school student!

She earned her masters and doctorate in counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, a BA in creative writing from Princeton University and studied for a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Sold Out -- Register Here to join the wait list.

Substantial discounts are available for groups registering together.

  • 5-9 attendees @ $170.
  • 10-20 attendees @ $145.
  • 21 or more @ $110. For groups larger than 21, contact maria@nysais.org to make arrangements.

Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event

    •    NYSAIS members - $210.00
    •    Non-members - $245.00

Early Discount of $20.00 will apply until 2 weeks before the event.
Late Fee of $10.00 will apply within 2 days of the event.

* Note: Payment is by credit card only.

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