Gender and Diversity in Schools

The popular media regularly writes about sex and gender in contemporary education. Whether the subject is underserved girls, boys in crisis, or transgender students, the media and public remain deeply invested in the role of sex and gender in schools. Meanwhile, professional educators, guidance counselors, and nurses are juggling how these issues intersect in our schools.

This course defines sex and gender, evaluates contemporary gender roles in American society, gender roles in the classroom, child development and gender norms, the binary gender system, gender nonconforming students, and provides instruction on how to construct the gender inclusive classroom and school community. Educators will evaluate the latest research, popular media, Supreme Court cases, federal laws, and identify ways in which to apply this information to making their school culture more inclusive based upon gender diversity.