Supporting Transgender and Gender Creative Children in the Early Years
Date(s) - Apr 28, 2021 - Apr 29, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Richmond Caring Place
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Early Childhood Educators play an important role in supporting gender creative and transgender children, their peers, and their families in the child’s journey as they explore gender and express their authentic selves. In this workshop, we will discuss concepts around gender expression and gender identity, learning how to educate children about complex topics in a developmentally appropriate way. Learners will gain knowledge of the particular barriers transgender and gender creative children face as we explore how we can create a safe, equitable, and gender-expansive learning environment that focuses on joy and inclusion, rather than adversity and rejection. Additionally, we will discuss how managers and co-workers can support gender diverse educators in the field in a respectful, responsive way.
This workshop takes place on two dates:
Part I – Wednesday April 28th from 6:30pm-8:00pm
Part II – Thursday April 29th from 6:30pm-8:00pm
TK is a manager of a forest school with years of experience in Forest Schools in Ontario and BC. Additionally, they are an instructor of the Early Childhood Education program at Vancouver Career College. TK is an openly nonbinary transgender educator who uses they/them pronouns, they strive to create a safe and equitable environment for all children and adults they work with.
JJ is an M.Ed candidate in counselling psychology at UBC and a graduate of the M.A. program in English literature at Concordia University. They have many years’ work experience in special needs care and behavioural intervention with children, teens, and adults; within the formal education system they have worked variously as an education assistant, teaching assistant, and private tutor. JJ is passionate about intergenerational queer mentorship, accessible education, and the power of trans community.
**Workshops are presented live through Zoom. Participants must ensure to sign up with their correct email as unique workshop links will be sent out 24-48 hours before the workshop. Make sure you are using a compatible device and have a working internet connection. Participants must attend at least 1/2 of the workshop to be eligible for a partial certificate.
Professional Development Certificate
Professional Development Certificate Credit Hours
TK Hannah and JJ Tracy