What is the goal of our Gender Equity Institute?
In this weeklong immersive series of workshops, we provide teachers (grades 6-12) with resources and practices to bring gender equity work into their classrooms. We use themes and questions to take a transdisciplinary approach so that our workshops are useful for teachers of every subject and a range of grade levels. Inclusive teaching is good teaching. While we focus on gender equity, we present material and practices to explore identity in all its facets and promote equity work across intersectional identities including race, class, ability, sexuality, country of origin, ethnicity, and age.
Participants are certified as Educators for Gender Equity.
In addition to being certified as an Educator for Gender Equity, teachers walk away invigorated by new approaches and ready to use materials as soon as they are back in the classroom. We model approaches and provide ready-to-use resources for a variety of practices including pairing texts, building literacies, writing engaging questions, incorporating visual and media sources into research, designing assessments, creating rubrics and backwards design (UBD). Each workshop provides ample time for collaboration, lesson planning, and individual coaching. We foster a collaborative community whose impact extends well beyond the six sessions to form lifelong professional support networks through ongoing digital and in-person meetings.
Who should participate?
K-12 teachers who want to advance justice, equity, and diversity in schools by teaching fuller, more accurate narratives of past and present. The Gender Equity Institute has particular appeal to classroom teachers looking to apply a firmer equity lens to curriculum and pedagogy. Because we focus on practices and resources that cut across disciplines, we invite teams of teachers from various departments at the same school to participate together.
Participation limited to 16 educators per workshop.
Dates for 2022: N/A Because of Covid-19, the GEI will not be running this summer.
If you are interested in bringing this work to your faculty/staff, please get in touch.
Cost: $1400 + $600 for room and board
Our diverse and experienced team of educators designs 5 days of transformative workshops for K-12 teachers.
How can K-12 teachers & staff become Educators for Gender Equity?
How does the program work?
To become an Educator for Gender Equity, K-12 teachers and staff complete at least one course in all six areas, including an 8-hour course on foundations of teaching gender equity (orange) and participation in a community-centered monthly cohort meeting, for a total of 40 hours. They may complete their coursework in-person or online. Because no two educators and no two communities are alike, we provide a wealth of options including role-specific applications. After all, a kindergarten teacher from Denver, CO needs different skills and knowledge than a high school guidance counselor from Newark, NJ needs. Our balance of core foundations and choice ensures that all k-12 teachers and staff learn what they need to be Educators for Gender Equity.
Why 5 stripes and a button?
Each of the 5 stripes represents an essential component to becoming an educator for gender equity. At the center of our approach is the button that binds the strands together. This button symbolizes the community-building component at the heart of our certification program. Every educator will be put into a cohort so that they can learn and grow with one another and form the relationships that are fundamental to maintaining equity and inclusion work over the long-term.