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Transgender Education Summit

About the Summit: The mission of the Trans* Education Conference is to give educators, counselors, and administrators the tools and information they need to ensure their schools are safe and welcoming environments for transgender students. Starting with the basics of what gender and gender identity are, the conference will cover the experience of transgender individuals, the unique issues they may face, and how cis-gender individuals can be better allies to the transgender community. Attendees will leave with all the tools they need to help continuing to make Iowa a welcoming place for transgender individuals. Register Here

 

The Transgender Education Summit will be held Friday, November 17 at the Embassy Suites in downtown Des Moines. The hotel is located at 101 E Locust St., Des Moines, IA 50309. Cost for registration is $85 for general admission, and $125 if you are in need of license renewal credit or CEUs.

 

Iowa Safe Schools is proud to present a robust selection of workshops for the attendees of the Transgender Education Summit! Sessions have been split into three categories:

  1. General Trans* Information (G) – Designed for those who have a base knowledge of what ‘transgender’ means, but would like more insight into the transgender identity and how to support trans* students in the classroom. Workshops will be led by transgender individuals lending their expertise.
  2. School Policy and Practice (P) – Each of these workshops will give concrete tools for administrators to shape policy, and for educators and counselors to work with transgender students and their families. Workshops will be led by educators and administrators who are working or have worked with transgender students.
  3. Service Provision (S) – This track is designed to engage with service providers in the community on issues that impact the classroom. Workshops will be led by current service providers around the state.

Parent Voices Panel – Opening

Participants will hear from parents whose children are transgender tell their stories. This panel will remind attendees why transgender students matter and give them a glimpse of what unique challenges they face in the public school system. Each parent will provide a unique perspective on what their children need from their teachers, counselors, and administrators to help them thrive in their educational experience.


Trans* Voices in Iowa (G)

Participants will hear real-life experiences from transgender individuals, both as adults and as students. Each speaker has a unique perspective and began their transition journey at a different time. As with the parent voices panel, participants will gain insight into why their actions and support makes all the difference to transgender students.


Gender in School: Working with Students at the Elementary Level (P)
Hillary Barta-Smith, Johnston Community School District

Evidence shows that students become aware of the concept of gender at a very young age, and thus begin to see themselves as male, female, or somewhere in between or outside at a very young age as well. This workshop will walk participants through one counselor’s work with a transgender student at the elementary level. Participants will be given the tools they need to begin talk to parents and students in a gentle, objective way.


Mental Health in the Trans* Community (S)
Joby Holcomb, Synergy Clinical Services

Transgender individuals experience mental health issues just like any other student. However, the specific issues can be very different than those faced by their cisgender peers. Participants will learn about all of the terms they may have heard (gender dysphoria, body dysmorphia, etc.) but weren’t sure about. They will also discuss any misconceptions they may have about mental health and the transgender identity. Participants will come away with the practical tools to understand the issues their transgender students face and to work with them to ensure an environment conducive to learning.


What (Not) to Say and When (Not) to Say It: Being an Ally in the Classroom (G)
Greyson Davis, University of Iowa

This interactive workshop will give participants the tools they need to be allies to all of their students in the classroom while respecting their identities. Practical tools to reduce gendered language and gender bias in the classroom will be discussed, and  sample activities will be implemented. Participants will walk away with creative ways to create safe classrooms for transgender individuals from the beginning.


What Works?: Creating Policy in Larger Districts (P)

Creating policy to protect transgender students has been a hot button issue in the state of Iowa. How do schools create a policy that protects both student safety and student rights to privacy? How can schools balance the rights of all students without infringing on the rights of any other students? These questions and more will be answered in this workshop that tells the story of how transgender policy is created in larger districts.


Victim Advocacy: Providing Culturally Competent Services (S)
Joshua Merritt, Iowa Safe Schools; Becky Smith, Iowa Safe Schools

Discrimination against transgender individuals is often subtle and unintentional, especially from those providing services. How do we serve an already marginalized population without causing further harm? This interactive workshop aims to answer that question in a safe space for providers to ask questions that they have been uncomfortable asking before. All students deserve service providers who are sensitive to the issues they fact, and this workshop will give attendees the practical tools to do so.


The Transitioning Process with Dr. Joe (G)
Dr. Joseph Freund, Franklin Family Practice

Every transgender individual’s transition is unique and begins and progresses at a different pace than any other transgender individual. This interactive workshop will explain what transitioning is and what it can mean to different people. Participants will leave with both knowledge of the transition process and an understanding that no two student’s situations will be the same.

 


What Works?: Creating Policy in Rural Districts (P)

Creating policy to protect transgender students has been a hot button issue in the state of Iowa, especially for more rural districts. How do schools create a policy that protects both student safety and student rights to privacy? How can schools deal with questions and objections from the community? These questions and more will be answered in this workshop that tells the story of how transgender policy is created in rural districts.


Transgender People of Color: Considerations in Service Provision (S)

Intersectionality between gender and race comes with its own unique perspective. This interactive workshop will explore intersectionality and how it can affect your students and clients. Participants will explore their own biases and how this can play into their work. They will leave with a deeper understanding of how their students’ and clients’ multiple identities interact.


Working with Trans* Students and Their Parents: A How-To (P)
Ellen Reilly, Davenport Schools

This workshop will give participants the practical tools to work with students and their families in a school setting. This workshop will also explore how to walk the line of respecting student rights and confidentiality while working with parents who may not be supportive of their child’s identity. Participants will leave with practical tools to talk to parents about transgender issues.


What is Gender Fluidity? (G)
Andrew Kecy, Des Moines Public Schools

Many people are only aware of the gender binary, male and female. However, there is a wide range of genders in between and beyond that binary, and this interactive workshop will explain what that means. Participants will learn that not all individuals identify as either male or female, and that for some, gender identity is not static, but can change.


Human Trafficking: Service Provision for Transgender Trafficking Victims (S)
Braking Traffick

 

Friday, November 17, 2017

8:00 am to 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am to 9:45 am Opening Panel: Parent Voices: Experiences from Parents of Trans* Students
9:45 am to 10:00 am Break
10:00 am to 10:50 am Workshop 1a: Trans* Voices in Iowa

Workshop 1b: Gender in School: Working with Students at the Elementary Level

Workshop 1c: Mental Health in the Trans* Community

10:50 am to 11:05 am Break + Exhibitors
11:05 am to 11:55 am Workshop 2a: What Works?: Creating Policy in Larger Districts

Workshop 2b: What (Not) to Say and When (Not) to Say It: Being an Ally in the Classroom

Workshop 2c: Victim Advocacy: Culturally Competent Service Provision

11:55 am to 12:45 am Lunch and School Legal Responsibility Panel
12:45 am to 1:00 pm Break + Exhibitors
1:00 pm to 1:50 pm Workshop 3a: What Works?: Creating Policy in Rural Districts

Workshop 3b: The Transitioning Process with Dr. Joe

Workshop 3c: Trans* People of Color: Special Considerations in Service Provision

1:50 pm to 2:05 pm Break + Exhibitors
2:05 pm to 2:55 pm Workshop 4a: Working with Trans* Students in the Classroom: A How-To

Workshop 4b: What is Gender Fluidity?

Workshop 4c: Human Trafficking: Service Provision for Transgender Trafficking Victims

If you are interested in attending the Transgender Education Summit for license renewal credit of CEUs please indicate this at the time of registration.

For license renewal, the evening before the Summit you will receive an email with a link to access the online portion of the class and the syllabus. This portion is to be completed AFTER the summit and will require written posts about what you learned in each workshop or panel session you attended. You will also be required to respond to other attendees who also attended for licence renewal credit. The online portion of the course will be open and available for completion from November 17 through December 17. If for some reason you are unable to complete the course in that time, please email joshua@iowasafeschools.org AND mark@iowasafeschools.org to let us know and we can get you an extension.

For CEUs, please email joshua@iowasafeschools.org with your license number so that a certificate can be printed for you at the event. Please be sure to stop by registration at the end of the event to get your certificate.

If you have any questions about License Renewal Credit or CEUs, please email joshua@iowasafeschools.org.

If your organization is interested in attending the Transgender Education Summit as an exhibitor, you can register for that by clicking here.

Your registration includes:

  • Two registrations to attend the Summit
  • Two lunches
  • A six-foot table with table cloth

Please email Joshua at joshua@iowasafeschools.org if your organization needs more information or other needs not listed here.