School Climate and Contemporary Sexuality

Sexuality impacts the school community in many ways, including gender roles, sexual harassment, dress codes, LGBT students, LGBT families, media impact on youth, dating and domestic violence, mandatory reporting, and much more. The reality is that a tremendous level of responsibility, from mandatory reporting to sexual harassment prevention, is expected of teachers though most have undergone minimal training.

This course is designed as a practical tool for educators and school professionals to assist with the management of sexuality issues in the school community, and integration of sexuality issues into the curriculum. Teachers will evaluate primary resources, data related to sexuality and schools, and scholarly research. We will identify the implications of this information for our school community. Communication with colleagues, students, and parents about sensitive issues related to sexuality will be heavily integrated throughout the course.