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Sex, Gender and Sexuality: Educating Students, Supporting Families, and Creating Safer School Communities

Date: Wednesday - January 14, 2015
Time: All Day
Location: Mohonk Mountain House

Wednesday, January 14 - Friday January 16, 2015
Speakers: Jennifer Bryan & Deborah Roffman
Mohonk Mountain House
New Paltz, NY
Phone 845-255-1000

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In today’s world, issues of gender and sexuality are ever-present in school life. From pre-school to high school, our students need age-appropriate education and guidance from the immediate adults in their lives in order to:

  1. understand their own and others’ development
  2. relate knowledgably and comfortably to various aspects of sexuality and gender diversity
  3. feel safe and fully included within our school communities.

A blend of theory and practice, this program is designed for

  • PreK-12 classroom teachers
  • administrators
  • diversity coordinators
  • counselors
  • sexuality educators
  • health and wellness coordinators, nurses
  • other interested school personnel

Sexuality Educator, Deborah Roffman, and Educational Consultant, Jennifer Bryan, provide the language and the conceptual frameworks educators need to understand the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual aspects of gender and sexuality development. This didactic, experiential and interactive program will afford hands-on opportunities for attendees to apply these core concepts to real-life school scenarios as well as classroom-based teaching. The workshop will support participants’ abilities to:

  • Frame issues of sex, gender and sexuality using Gender and Sexuality Diversity (GSD), a broad, inclusive construct
  • Use the GSD framework to define and clarify pertinent language and concepts (e.g. gender roles, gender variance, sexual identity)
  • Employ educational mission and values as primary guides in creating best practices.
  • Apply effective pedagogical principles in creating best practices.
  • Recognize and respond to behaviors, structures and programs that reinforce binary definitions of sex, gender and sexuality
  • Recognize and respond to behaviors, structures and programs that reinforce heteronormativity
  • Understand core developmental needs as they relate to gender and sexual diversity
  • Engage families and schools as meaningful partners around gender and sexuality education
  • Anticipate and manage conflict and controversy around programs that address gender and sexuality
  • Devise truly age appropriate curricula around gender and sexuality topics
  • Articulate clearly the values that underpin Comprehensive Sexuality Education
  • Understand the myriad connections between bullying, heterosexism, and binary gender role expectations

 Schedule (Tentative)

All general sessions and home groups in Parlor. Meals in West Dining Room



Registration and Tea in Lake Lounge

4:30 – 5:00



Session 1: Jennifer Bryan

  • Introduction to Conference
  • Ground Rules
  • Goal Setting; Intentions (worksheet)
  • Orientation to Home Groups

5:00 – 6:15


Gender and Sexuality Diversity

  • Relevance of Sex, Gender and Sexuality in PreK – 12 Schools
  • GSD: A New Paradigm for Considering Sex, Gender and Sexuality
  • Understanding and Challenging Heteronormativity
  • Schemas, Concepts, Language

6:15 – 6:45

Home Group 1


Cocktails and Dinner


7:30 – 8:30


8:45 – 10:15


Session 2: Deborah Roffman
Five Core Development Needs/Five Corresponding Roles for Adults in Meeting Them

  • Information
  • Affirmation
  • Clarity About Values
  • Limit Setting
  • Anticipatory Guidance

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:00


Home Group 2

11:00 – 12:15


Session 3: Jennifer Bryan and Deborah Roffman
Gender and Sexuality Diversity/5:5 Paradigm Review

12:30 – 1:30


1:30 – 2:45

Concurrent Sessions: choose one

Session 4D: Deborah Roffman
Implementation Strategies

  • What is “age appropriate,” and how do you know?
  • “Age” Appropriateness vs. “Stage” Appropriateness
  • Common sources of parental reluctance/resistance/opposition, and what to do about them
  • Universal Values vs. Controversial Value–laden Issues
  • True Tolerance Does Not Mean “To Tolerate”

Session 4J: Jennifer Bryan
Creating an Educational Response to GSD

  • Context, Intention, Frameworks
  • Gender Identity Development ; Sexual Identity Development
  • School Mission and Pedagogical Philosophy
  • Best “Good” Practices
  • Mutually Supportive Roles for Families and Schools

2:45 – 3:00


3:00 – 3:30

Home Group 3

3:30 – 5:30

Free Time

5:30 – 6:30


Facilitator: Barbara Swanson, NYSAIS

Explore topics and challenges that interest you, either within the conference theme or not.


Cocktails and Dinner


7:30 – 8:30


8:00 –  8:30

Home Group 4 (at breakfast)

8:45 – 9:30


Session 5: Jennifer Bryan and Deborah Roffman
Questions and Answers

9:30 – 11:30
Concurrent Sessions: choose one

Session 6D: Deborah Roffman
Lower School: Sexuality Education, PreK – 6

  • Thinking Pedagogically--Not Emotionally--about Sexuality Education for Young Children
  • Age Appropriateness: How to Think about Scope and Sequence, PreK-6th
  • How to Notice and Intervene Around "Subtle" GSD Dynamics in Lower Schools
  • 18 Ideas for Growing and Protecting Lower School Sexuality/GSD Education

Session 6J: Jennifer Bryan
Middle/Upper School: Classroom Application Sexuality Education,  7 – 12

  • Tools for Classroom Practice;
  • GSD Education “LIVE”
  • Curriculum Integration Think Tank

11:30 – 12:15


Session 8: Questions and Answers/ Wrap – Up


Lunch and Departure

Deborah Roffman teaches human sexuality education in the lower, middle, and upper schools at The Park School of Baltimore, and at several other schools in the Baltimore/Washington area. She has given presentations and consulted nationally with more than 300 private and public schools and is the author of three books for parents and teachers, most recently Talk to Me First: Everything You Need to Know to Become your Kids’ Go-To Person About Sex (Perseus, 2012).

Jennifer Bryan is a psychologist and educational consultant who specializes in helping PreK-12 schools address Gender and Sexuality Diversity. She recently published From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexuality Diversity in PreK-12 Schools, a book for teachers, educators and parents. She is also the author of a children’s book The Different Dragon.

Transportation - busses from Port Authority to New Paltz run frequently.

Registration is a 2-step process. Be sure to do both in fall, 2014. Fees are approsimate.
1. Reserve your room with Mohonk - do one of the following.
  • Reserve online
  • Click here to download the Mohonk Residential Reservation Form (room and board)
  • Click here if you will be a day guest at Mohonk (meals only)
  • Or reserve by phone: 800-772-6646
  • Need car service? Please give the Mohonk 24 hours notice, or call a local taxi.
2. Registration and Credit Card Payment*
Early Registration Fees apply until 2 weeks before the event
  • NYSAIS Members - $345.00
  • Non-members - $380.00
Regular Registration Fees apply within 2 weeks of the event
  • NYSAIS Members - $395.00
  • Non-members - $430.00
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