WHEN: Friday, November 15th | 9:00pm – 3:00pm
WHERE: Iowa Events Center | 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309
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HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: Comfort Inn Event Center | 929 3rd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309 | Click Here to Book Hotel Room
The mission of the 3rd Trans Education Summit is to discuss the needs of and issues facing transgender students in our state, including restrooms, pronouns, name changes, and working with parents of transgender students. Attendees will hear from experts in the field, including mental health providers and educators who have developed successful approaches in addressing the challenges facing transgender students.
The 3rd Annual Iowa Trans Education Summit will take place on November 15, 2019, at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines.
8:00-9:00am Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:45am Keynote Speaker
9:45-10:00am Break/Meet with Exhibitors
10:00-10:45am Workshop Session #1
10:45-11:00am Break/Meet with Exhibitors
11:00-11:45am Workshop Session #2
11:45-12:45pm Lunch Session
12:45-1:00pm Break/Meet with Exhibitors
1:00-1:45pm Workshop Session #3
1:45-2:00pm Break/Meet with Exhibitors
2:00-2:45pm Workshop Session #4
Our 2019 keynote speakers bring personal and professional experience. Keynote speakers will be announced soon!
In this session, participants will listen to a panel of parents of trans and gender non-conforming children. Listen to their stories as they share about navigating through their child’s coming out, transition, and overall acceptance. This will be a space where participants can ask questions and get meaningful information to take back to their organizations.
Nicole Proesch- Attorney, Iowa Department of Education
Ensuring our trans and gender non-conforming students feel safe and supported is of utmost importance, and there are specific policies and procedures that schools should follow. In this session, participants will learn how state and federal law addresses gender identity in our schools.
Dr. Amy Bingaman – UnityPoint LGBTQ Clinic
Transgender people face numerous health disparities as well as stigma, discrimination, and a lack of access to quality care. In this session, participants will learn about the options for gender affirmation, and they will be able to navigate the needs to trans and gender non-comforming students and employees. This will be a safe space for participants ask questions and get answers from a practicing doctor from an LGBTQ health clinic.
Mark Busch – Director of Education, Iowa Safe Schools
A majority of educators feel unconfident and ill-equipped to foster conversations on LGBTQ issues in the classroom. In this session, a professional development specialist will share lesson plans that provide elementary educators an opportunity to discuss LGBTQ issues in the classroom. Participants will have the time to reflect on their own teaching and gain access to dynamic classroom resources.
In this session, participants will listen to a panel of trans and gender non-conforming adults. They will share their experiences navigating through the coming out in their workplaces, and they will highlight the challenges and barriers that continue to exist. This will be a space where participants can ask questions and get meaningful information to take back to their organizations.
Ric Tennenbaum – Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Unique challenges exist for trans and gender-noncomforming students as they navigate through their college and postsecondary training experiences. In this session, participants will learn how to best prepare students as they consider their postsecondary goals, and they will be able to get resources from an expert in the field.
Andrew Greenberg & Alexis Rowe – Iowa Civil Rights Commission
Despite significant advancements within the LGBTQ community in recent years, there is still work to do in our communities and workplaces to advocate for trans and gender non-conforming people. In this session, specialists in civil rights will outline key rights for trans and gender non-conforming people inside and outside of the office. This will be a safe space to ask questions of experts in the field.