According to a national report by Egale Canada Human Rights Trust...
64% of LGBTQ2SA+ secondary students report feeling unsafe at school
“As an educator, I have found Kate to be a wonderful resource when learning how to approach gender in the elementary classroom. Her research and insight into what constitutes a truly safe and welcoming environment for all has shaped the way I interact with my students and approach education as a whole."
- Brittnee M., elementary school teacher
Let's not wait until junior or senior high school to address the above statistics. Elementary schools offer a unique opportunity to teach students about gender and sexual diversity when they're young, to change the culture around LGBTQ2SA+ & gender diversity for the next generation.
Most districts and schools have policies and guidelines in place to demonstrate their commitment to anti-bullying and to create safe spaces, particularly for marginalized students. While certainly a step in the right direction, these kinds of approaches to change often do not confront the reality of structural and pedagogical influences within the education system that strengthen and reproduce harmful understandings of binaried gender and heteronormativity.
I offer educational consultation, classroom lesson plans and facilitation, grounded in research and best practices, to help create queer affirming schools and classroom cultures.