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Creating a Gender Inclusive Classroom for Young Learners | Learners Edge

Creating a Gender Inclusive Classroom for Young Learners
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Graduate Credits
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Prepare to embark on a journey of discovery and understanding about how early childhood educators can support young children who are gender diverse, and their families. Census statistics illustrate that one or more children enrolled in early childhood and other school programs are gender expansive or LGBTQIA+. To create safe and affirming environments that break through the barriers beyond “blue is for boys,” and “pink is for girls,” you will explore ways you can make all students feel included and seen. Discover how gender-neutral language, gender-expansive books, and anti-bias curricula encourage inclusivity, and log your reflections and gender terminology on templates designed to capture your new knowledge. Audit your classroom for gender-expansive best practices and learn how stereotypes, implicit biases, and heteronormativity hold us back. Study gender diversity policies and position statements from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and others to guide adjustments to school policies and practices. Review a bounty of book lists, diverse curricula, and resources for families designed to build a bridge between gender and expectations. Equip yourself with affirming and welcoming ways to shape the future for children who are gender diverse. 

This course format builds from module to module in a way that allows you to work through each of the essential ideas in smaller, more focused segments. You’ll find the same great resources and applicable assignments, distributed over 10 modules.
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Summer 2024
Registration Open: Dec 16, 2023 - Jul 15, 2024
Coursework Due: Aug 15, 2024
Fall 2024
Registration Open: Mar 16, 2024 - Oct 22, 2024
Coursework Due: Nov 15, 2024
"Guidance for Supporting Gender Diversity in Early Childhood Education"
by Jenny Fererro, Rebecca Bishop
A hard copy textbook is included in the course price. It will be sent via postal mail upon course registration. Flex Credit registrants must use the ISBN provided to acquire a copy of the text.
ISBN : 978-0-87659-944-0
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