Toward a Gender-Expansive Teacher Education

January 8, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Room 224 Education Building, University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Cir
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Toward a Gender-Expansive Teacher Education: The Implications of Gender Identity and Gender Expression for Professional Practice

The 2018 Ed Talk Series kicks off Monday, Jan. 8, with Dr. Lee Airton, assistant professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies in Education at Queen’s University.

Speaking on the theme, Toward a Gender-Expansive Teacher Education: The Implications of Gender Identity and Gender Expression for Professional Practice, Airton’s lecture draws on work over 10 years involving hundreds of teacher candidates to increase a sense of belonging and to encourage participation of students of all genders and sexualities.

Airton’s work as a researcher, blogger, advocate and speaker, focusing on developing welcoming environments for gender and sexual diversity in everyday life. Airton founded They Is My Pronounblog where the audience reads responses to questions posed about gender-neutral pronoun usage. In recognition of No Big Deal Campaign, a social-media initiative supporting transgender peoples’ pronoun-usage rights, Airton received a 2017 Youth Role Model of the Year Award from the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity.

Among the journals publishing Airton’s scholarly work, include Sex EducationCurriculum Inquiry, and Teachers College Record.  Partnering with Dr. Susan Woolley, they are currently editing a collection of lesson plans on gender diversity for K-12 teachers.

The event includes a panel discussion, organized in collaboration with Manitoba Education and Training, Manitoba Teachers’ Society, and Rainbow Resource Centre. Panel speakers include:

  • Muhammed Ahsan, education program coordinator, Rainbow Resource Centre;
  • Greg Daniels, assistant superintendent of schools, River East Transcona School Division;
  • Jackie Swirsky, speech-language pathologist, author, public speaker and parent of a gender-diverse child, and
  • Beck Watt, teacher candidate, LGBTQ representative, Education Student Council.

The lecture marks the first of Ed Talk Series 2018, themed “Sustain the Dialogue: Supporting Transgender & Gender Diverse Students in Schools.”

  • Open to graduate students, university faculty, school partners and the public.
  • Admission is free, and
  • light refreshments will be served.